The prosperous apple belts of the state, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Kotgarh in Shimla district, are set to get a major boost in controlled-atmospheric storage of apples, with the Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) sanctioning Rs 11.5 crore for the project. APEDA is a body under the Ministry of Commerce and Industries.

Want cash, wait for sometime
Apple growers whose produce was procured under the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) will have to accept bulk of the payment in kind, mostly in the shape of farm inputs, because of cash crunch being faced by government procurement agencies.

The record crop of 8.92 lakh tonne coupled with the frequent closure of roads in the apple belt due to landslides during the pe

The Economic Survey for the year 2010-11 presented in the assembly today pegged the annual growth rate at 9 per cent with the per capita income expected to increase by 9.4 per cent.

Presenting the Economic Survey in the House on the eve of presentation of the budget for the next year, Chief Minister PK Dhumal informed the House that the economy of the state had been progressing at a uniform pac

The government has sanctioned Rs 16 crore for two important roads in the apple belt to facilitate smooth transportation of the fruit.Horticulture Minister Narinder Bragta said here today that Rs 10.09 crore had been sanctioned under the first phase for widening and improvement of a 30 km stretch on the Gumma-Baggi road and Rs 6 crore for the Mashobra-Bhekalti road under the Central Road Fund.

The long winter season in the upper reaches of Himachal has raised hope of a quality apple crop in the upcoming season.

Besides the famous rock-cut Masroor temple, hydro-electric projects, apple orchards and dam sites will now be publicised as new tourism destinations among schoolchildren of Himachal and other states.

During a seminar held at Dharamsala on Masroor temple of Kangra district on Tuesday, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said the state tourism department would explore organising Masroor Festival to

Farmers in the high-altitude orchards are a shattered lot as more than 40 per cent of the fruit has dropped in the apple belt in the last leg of the season.

This correspondent found it difficult to walk in the apple orchards as it was almost littered with rotting or freshly dropped apples, presenting a harrowing site.

The visit to the orchards in Shilgran (Shantha), Maroag in Chopal, Ratnadi

With population growth, massive pressure has been put on natural resources to produce more agricultural products, whilst million tons of agricultural products go to waste during agricultural process. The main purpose of the study was to investigate effective factors in apple waste in Zanjan Province, Iran.

SHIMLA: The Himachal Government would send a group of progressive farmers and apple growers to Israel next month to learn the latest farming techniques, the State Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said here on Sunday after his meeting with Agriculture Councillor in Embassy of Israel, Dr.

Hem Lata Verma