HP to formulate policy for safe guarding fruit growers interest: CM
Shimla, May 14: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh today said his government will soon formulate a policy to safeguard interests of the fruits growers and protect them from exploitation at the hands of the middlemen.
The state government would soon formulate a policy for the fruit growers, besides expanding marketing network all over the state to help farmers sell their produce directly to the consumers, he said, while addressing a public meeting at Bara Gaon, near here, after laying a foundation stone of Rs. 2.84 crore Behna-Bara Gaon Lift Water Supply Scheme.
Mr Singh said the new marketing complexes would be well equipped with modern facilities besides providing internet services within the complex.
Private players have also offered to strengthen marketing network and create clod chain facilities all over the state, to stock the produce safely for marketing at appropriate time, he said.
He said the government was importing root-stocks to replace the old-stock that would provide growers early crop and high yield.
Mr Singh said although the state was known for its quality fruit produce, but still the yield was much less as compared to the developed apple producing countries, he said. He said the growers should be encouraged to diversify their traditional cropping pattern and to go in for cash crops and high yielding varieties.
Observing that the horticulture sector in the state was contributing significantly towards the State Domestic Product, he said his government was committed to strengthen it.
Mr Singh said 35,000 new jobs would be created during this financial year in the government sector alone, while huge investment of Rs. 17,000 crore in the industrial sector had assured employment avenues to 2,40,000 unemployed educated youth in coming years.
Directing the Irrigation and Public Health authorities to complete the Behna-Bara gaon Lift Water Supply Scheme within 18 months, he said this was necessary to meet the drinking water needs of the area.