Duration:
08 nights / 09 days
Cities:
Delhi-Karnal-Chandigarh-Solan-Shimla-Mashobra-Delhi

Highlights:
This trip shows the Himachal Pradesh rich horticulture - where farmer can learn latest horticulture management practices, advanced forms of cultivation, technology employment, market chain, and value addition activities.

Himachal Pradesh has been endowed with a wide range of agro climatic conditions due to which a large number of horticulture commodities like fruit crops (from temperate to sub tropical), flowers, vegetables, mushroom, hops, tea, medicinal & aromatic plants etc are successfully grown here .HP could play as a role model for the horticulture farmers to learn from its experience in high –tech horticulture and its well developed market linkage systems.

Himachal Pradesh grows a number of fruits, vegetable and flower crops. Some of the commercially important crops are listed below, which could be very useful for the horticulture farmers from different states.
 
 
Major Commercial Fruit Crops in Himachal Pradesh
  • Apple       
  • Mango                     
  • Litchi               
  • Citrus
  • Guava      
  • Papaya                     
  • Grapes            
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwifruit   
  • Chestnut                  
  • Plum
  • Apricot                
 
 
Major Commercial Vegetable Crops in Himachal Pradesh
  • Capsicum
  • Potato         
  • Peas  
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish    
  • Carrot               
 
 
Major Commercial Flower Crops in Himachal Pradesh
  • Carnation       
  • Gladiolis                     
  • Lillium                
 
 

Since most horticulture produce are perishable and need careful handling, marketing and value addition in this respect HP has much to offer for learning by the farmers. Its farmer –market linkages, model can be a good learning experience for the farmers, besides study of various crops and management system.

The HP horticulture produce marketing and processing corporation ltd, popularly known as HPMC has also engaged itself in the establishment  of pre and post harvest infrastructure , comprising of a network of machinery operated pack house , cold storages, sales officers in the terminal market . the  entire infrastructure of gardening /packing ,pre cooling and cold storages has been established in rural areas for providing pre post harvest facilities to the farmer at their door step. Under this organization, the entire fruit industry of HP has started experiencing a radical change from conventional to modern production and marketing system. HPMC has also developed effective linkages with the farmers.

 
 

Highlights of the Study tour:

This initiative of farmer s inter-state technology exposure visit program will fulfill the objectives:

  • To identity location Specific and economically viable different crops.
  • Exhibiting integrated farming system such as mixed cropping and crop rotation practices.
  • Showing advanced practices in horticulture farming and use of improved varieties and farm resources.
  • Demonstrating the existing chain for market linkage and value addition.
  • Exploring possibility of replication of the methods, techniques and practices in production, extension, marketing and value chain.
  • Lecture of floriculture and landscape management
  • Lecture post harvest physiology of fruit crops
  • Lecture on nursery management and its application
  • Lecture on cultivation of mushroom by organic farming and exposure visit to NRC ,Chambaghat
  • Lecture on nutrient management for apple cultivation in hilly regions
  • Lecture on post harvest management of potato
 
 
Suggested program (best suitable for GROUPS):
 
 
Day 1 - Delhi
Arrive Delhi.
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
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Day 2 - Delhi

Visit to Indo-Israel project at Indian Agricultural Research Institute Pusa. Visit to Indian Agricultural Research Institute facilities and Agri Museum, Pusa Meeting with Horticulture experts where research in Agriculture sciences is carried out to suit Indian Conventional methods of farming Overnight at guest house near Indian Agricultural Research Institute Pusa, New Delhi.


 
 
Day 3 - Delhi to Chandigarh, Via Karnal
Depart Delhi. Arrive Karnal, Visit to KVK and National Dairy Research Institute facilities. Departure to Chandigarh .Visit To Rose Garden, Markfed and agri mktg.facilities Overnight Chandigarh.
 
 
Day 4 - Departure to Solan in Himachal Pradesh
Visit to Himachal Pradesh Horticultural produce marketing and processing corporation Ltd. (HPMC) unit at Parwanoo. Visit to Floriculture nursery at Parwanoo. Lecture on Floriculture and Landscape management. Lecture on post harvest physiology of fruit crops. Visit to some fields on the way. Arrival at Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of horticulture and forestry, Solan Overnight at Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of horticulture and forestry,Solan.


 
 
Day 5 - Solan
Visit to Dr.Y.S.Parmar University of horticulture and forestry, solan. Visit to different department of the University. Lecture on nursery management and its application. Visit to nearby horticulture fields to study their cultivation practices. Overnight in Solan.
 
 
Day 6 - Solan / Shimla (50Kms)
Lecture on cultivation of Mushroom by organic farming and exposure visit to National research centre for mushroom, chambaghat, Solan. Proceed to Shimla and overnight at Shimla.

 
 
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Day 7 - Shimla / Mashobra (40Kms)

Visit to Regional Horticulture research station, Mashobra Lecture on nutrient management for apple cultivation in hilly regions. Visit to horticulture fields along the way to Mashobra & see the micro-irrigation levels on growth, yield, fruit quality and nutrient assimilation of crops. Meeting with officials and see horticulture films Regional Horticulture research station, Mashobra Dinner overnight in Mashobra.

 
 
Day 8 - Mashobra / Shimla
Breakfast at Mashobra.Return to Shimla. Visit to Central potato research institute, Shimla. Lecture on post harvest management of potato. Evening free for leisure and shopping. Overnight stay Shimla.
 
 
Day 9 - Delhi
Arrive at Delhi. Overnight at Farm House. Transfer to International airport to board flight for onward destination.
 
 

Expected outcomes of the event:

  • Adoption of protected cultivation by use of low cost green house and poly house technologies
  • Adoption of micro irrigation techniques drip and sprinkler irrigation along with resource conservation technologies such as water harvesting.
  • Adoption of the advanced practices in horticulture farming and use of improved varieties and farm resources
  • Awareness about use of improved quality seeds/planting material and crop diversification and their impact on income levels.
  • Adoption of integrated farming systems and improved post harvest and processing technologies and better packaging, grading and marketing system.
  •  Adoption of the improved method , techniques and practices in production, extension, marketing and value chain

 
 
 
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