And Thrust Areas
AREAS IDENTIFIED FOR FUTURE AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT IN HIMACHAL
Diversification of area from traditional crops to commercial
crops where irrigation potential has been created. The farmers
shall be motivated to produce organic vegetables without the
use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
Development of rainfed areas through watershed approach on a
large scale for efficient use of natural resources. Increased
funding shall be arranged under RIDF.
Rainwater harvesting is another area, which will not only provide
life saving irrigation to the crops but shall also recharge
the ground water and check erosion. The Department shall seek
financial assistance from Govt. of India for small irrigation
tanks/shallow wells and pumping set.
Increase in maize productivity through high yielding hybrids.
Adoption of precision farming practices (Poly House and Micro
Organic farming shall be the thrust area.
Post harvest management and efficient marketing system.
Farm mechanisation with special reference to hill agriculture
shall be given major thrust in the years to come. This is necessary
to reduce cost of cultivation in view of high cost of labour.
The Department has already constituted a Technical Working Group
to identify new farm implements and machinery, which can be
introduced in the State.
A strong research extension interface directed towards problems
oriented research programmes. Research projects to be identified
and funded in problem areas.
Extension reforms through public-private partnership.
Agro processing and value addition.
Increase in productivity and quality.
Application of Biotechnology in the field of Agriculture shall
Soil testing and Soil Health Cards.