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For Himachal Pradesh, the Union Finance Ministry has sanctioned Rs 1300 crore Sub-tropical Horticulture, Irrigation and Value Addition (HP Shiva) project. The Asian Development Bank will provide financial assistance of about Rs 1036 crore for this project, while the remaining amount will be spent by the state government. Production of sub-tropical fruits like orange, guava, pomegranate, litchi, plum, Japanese fruit, mango etc. will be promoted in these districts. The HP Shiva project will be implemented in an area of about 6,000 hectares in 28 development blocks of seven districts. This will benefit more than 15,000 farmer families of these districts. About 10 million fruit trees will be planted in this project, which will protect the environment and reduce the negative effects of climate change.
Horticulture Minister Mahendra Singh informed that the project will run for five years from the year 2022-23 to 2027-28. Under the project, the production of sub-tropical fruits will be promoted under one crop one cluster on the private land of farmers. The Minister said that the main objective of the HP Shiva project is to provide sustainable livelihood opportunities to the horticulturists, so that the migration of the young population of these districts to urban areas for employment could be prevented. State Horticulture Secretary Amitabh Awasthi said that under the pilot project of the project, high density plantation of orange, guava, litchi and pomegranate was done on 200 hectare area in 17 clusters of 12 blocks of Kangra, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi in four districts. , whose results were successful. The orange and guava crops are ready to bear fruit.