Timely steps by HP Govt bolsters vegetables supply chain

Around 11,315 quintal vegetable seeds were provided to various districts.

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Despite the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 farmers in Himachal Pradesh have fared really well in cultivation of off-season vegetables like tomato, green peas, beans, cabbage,Cauliflower, potato and cucumber.

While the region is conducive to agricultural activity, the synergistic efforts of the state’s farmers and governmental initiatives have paid off with a reported yield of 6.82 lakh quintals comprising Peas, cauliflower and other off-season vegetables despatched to neighbouring states.

The state’s Agriculture Department deployed effective marketing and communication strategies to help fetch competitive prices for the farmer’s produce. Leveraging the newly launched Kisan Rath app, farmers, Farmer Producer Organizations, FPOs and traders across the country were able to communicate effectively without any supply chain disruptions despite the lockdown.

Using the app, major transport aggregators and individual transporters could register their vehicles and cater to the needs of farmers and traders. The Himachal Pradesh government disbursed 35,164 quintal seeds of rice, maize, sorghum, bajra, among others, at subsidized rate via Agricultural Distribution Centres. Around 11,315 quintal vegetable seeds were also provided to various districts.

Products useful in protecting plants and agricultural implements were also provided to the farmers at subsidized rates to boost farmer’s cultivation efforts. Collection and sale of the produce was facilitated by setting up 60 market yards and 41 collection centres.

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