Background and Necessity

With rapidly increasing middle-class income groups in Delhi and other major cities in India, the middle class is quickly rising, which is expected to result in a rapid increase in demand for raw produce including high-value vegetables. Located approximately 350 kilometers to the north of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh is a hilly state at the foot of the Western Himalayas, ranging from 350 meters to beyond 7,000 meters in altitude. Nearly 70% of the working population in the state is engaged in agriculture,

Utilizing the cool climate and the geographical advantage of proximity to Delhi and other major cities, farmers will be able to increase their income by producing and selling value-added crops such as off-season vegetables to urban consumers.

Also, only 20% of the cultivable area has irrigation facilities, and the rest has to depend on the rain-fed cultivation. Thus majority of the farmers in the state remain engaged in traditional cultivation of food grains, and only limited number of farmers who have irrigation facilities are able to produce vegetables. Also, only 60 percent of the roads can be used year-round for shipping crops, which means that crops must be delivered on foot when roads are not available. This is not only an extra burden for farmers, but also a severe impediment to farmers in improving their income, since the prices are affected with the damaged products during transportation.

To improve these circumstances, agricultural infrastructure, such as irrigation facilities and access farm roads will be developed, which, along with technical guidance to farmers on vegetable cultivation, are expected to improve farm income when the cultivation of cash crops such as cauliflowers and peas will be widespread.

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  Himachal Pradesh Crop Diversification Promotion Project

Text Box: Developed by: Centre for Geo-Informatics, CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, Palampur

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