SHIMLA: With apple production facing a decline due to global warming, vegetable cultivation is gaining popularity among farmers in Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla: Fruit growers are a happy lot as the apple belt in the Shimla region recorded the heaviest snowfall in January in the past six years, raising hopes of a good crop.

Shimla: The Himachal Seb Utpadak Sangh has urged the government to take immediate steps to protect the interests of apple growers who will be exposed to international competition with the abolition

Shimla: It has been a year of mixed fortunes for farmers with the state recording an all-time high rabi and kharif production and the lowest apple output since 1999.

The implementation of the Rs 85-crore apple rejuvenation project to replace old and senile plantations with new high-yielding varieties will finally commence this winter.

Climate Change Of late, farmer Rinchen of Semtokha is seeing some strange behaviour in her garden.

Parasitoid disturbance populations in agroecosystems can be maintained through the provision of habitat refuges with host resources. However, specialized herbivores that feed on different host plants have been shown to form host-specialized races. Parasitoids may subsequently specialize on these herbivore host races and therefore prefer parasitizing insects from the refuge, avoiding foraging on the crop.

Indian importers are suffering huge losses as the Chinese apple has taken a hit in the domestic market, despite a lean crop, due to quality concerns.

Uttarakhand has decided to install anti-hail guns as part of efforts to save fruit crops, especially apples, from being damaged by hailstorms.

The Himachal Pradesh Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a private member's resolution urging the Centre to hike the import duty on apples and bring it under “special category products” to protect the interests of farmers here who feel threatened by the recent flooding of imported apples in the Indian market.