Under the project, old apple orchards are being rejuvenated and replaced with new, improved and regular bearing spur varieties, he said. Nearly 1500 hectares will be brought under the ‘Apple Rejuvenation Project’ during 2014-15, the spokesman said.
Orchards covered under the scheme will have 30 percent pollenizers and micro-irrigation facilities and an additional area of 1000 hectares will be covered under micro-irrigation during the year, he said.
The apple economy is contributing about Rs 3,200 crore to the state's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the spokesman said.
Himachal is known as the apple state of India and the apple covers nearly 49 percent of the total area under fruit crop and 87 percent of the total fruit production.
Area under apple crop has increased from 400 hectares in 1950-51 to 3,025 hectares in 1960-61 and 1,06,440 hectares in 2012-13.
The crop has become a primary source of livelihood of farmers especially small and marginal in Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Chamba, Mandi and Sirmaur districts.
To protect fruit crops especially apple from hailstorms, the state government has enhanced subsidy on anti hail nets from 50 percent to 80 percent.


Latest News from Himachal Pradesh News Desk