The Himachal apples will not taste as they used to do in the best days of their harvests. And the fruit is also not expected to be available in abundance this time around.

This is perhaps the first visible adverse affect of the climate

Baldev S Chauhan / Shimla June 22, 2009, 0:31 IST

An almost snowless winter, coupled with a prolonged dry summer, has taken its toll on the apple crop this year in Himachal Pradesh.The state

Famous for its delicious apples, Himachal Pradesh itself is now flooded with imported varieties of the fruit.

Chinese and Australian apples, known for their natural sweetness, colour and succulence, are selling well in the state, often referred to as India

WHILE it is known that the adverse impact of global warming on glaciers could unleash food shortages, now comes some more distressing news. A study conducted by Palampur-based agriculture university suggests a shrinkage of apple belt in Himachal Pradesh. The reports, if true, portend a grim picture for Himachal

Solan: The current spell of rainfall and snow in the upper and middle hills of Himachal Pradesh may translate into some respite for farmers and orchardists who are grappling with the impact of five long months of dry winter.

The last rain in the region was recorded at 10.4 mm in January while a total of only 57.2 mm rain was recorded between September last year and January this year.

MIS fails to achieve targets

The Market Intervention Scheme (MIS), being implemented by the director of Horticulture Planning and Marketing for the procurement of apple and sandy pear, has failed to achieve the desired results, as the achievement was just 45 per cent on financial front and 43 per cent on physical side.

Apple is no longer a fruit of cold hilly areas only. Scientists are trying to understand how an Indonesian farmer, J Kribben, has changed the


Srinagar: After more than a decade of hectic efforts and numerous trials, scientists at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture, Science and Technology (SKAUST) have developed country's first scab-resistant varieties of apples: Shireen, Akbar, Shalimar I and Shalimar II.

NEW DELHI, Feb. 6: Accusing the Delhi government of acting under the influence of a powerful traders lobby, the Himachal government today threatened to file a case against it for not honouring the APMC Act, which is resulting in huge losses to the fruit growers in the state.