Apple cultivation in Chamba

Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh has a vast potential of apple cultivation because of its most suitable agro-climate condition in specified pockets such as Chhatttrari, Ulansa, Bharmour, Salooni, Tissa and Basu. However, the productivity level is too low-less then one metric tone per hectare compare to up to six metric ton per hectare in the state. This is basically fact that most of the orchards of this remote district are either unscientifically managed or are in a state of neglect.

The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Chamba, is striving for rejuvenation of such mismanaged apple orchards for the past five to six years. From time to time quality planting material is supplied to orchards under a demonstration scheme and also on cost. In addition scion wood of new improved varieties and pollicitation are also supplied and got grafted in the old orchards to enhance the fruit setting and better fruit yield.

As yet three demonstration plots-one each at Mehla, Mani and Kundi-on exclusively latest improved high-yielding spur varieties of apple have been established by this Kendra in farmer's field.Training on training and pruning of orchards are organized by the Kendra occasionally in different part of the Chamba region in which demonstration on pruning and application of fungicidal paste is given to orchardists and professional pruning in the orchards.

During January eight such training camps were organized at Kundi, Sunara, Talai, Himgiri, Mani, Dand, Sandhi and Sahoo. Six more camps in collaboration with the department of Horticulture would also be recognized at Lagga, Salloni, Bhanjraroo, Chhattrari, Ulansa and Shillaghrat.


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