Pithoragarh, October 8
A total of 250 more farmers will be added to the group of progressive farmers in Champawat district, who have started cultivation of advanced varieties of vegetables instead of traditional crops for which the Vivekanand Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhanshala, Almora, has done a survey.
“We have selected farmers with the help of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the Horticulture Department working under the national agriculture modernisation project in the district,” said Dr KK Sharma, agriculture scientist working with the project. According to information, 250 farmers have already started using vegetable varieties under the project, being developed under the national agriculture modernisation project. “We are satisfied that farmers in Lohaghat and Champawat districts are showing keen interest in the project and taking to vegetable production on commercial lines instead of loss bearing traditional crops,” Sharma said.
“We have introduced seeds developed by the Vivekanand anushandhanshala in Almora and it has been found to be the most suitable for the land in Champawat district,” he added. “Besides the farming of BL-10, 11 varieties of pea, BL-3 variety of onion, and BLT-4 variety of tomato, the farmers are also cultivating advanced varieties of capsicum for the local market. The farmers, who are taking to vegetable production under the project, are also being trained by experts in how to eradicate various diseases which affect these crops,” Sharma said.
“The farmers, who have taken to the new way of cultivating vegetables, are now earning Rs 70,000 to Rs 1.50 lakh per annum, which could not be possible under the traditional crop system,” said Khim Singh Mahara, a farmer at Gumod village in Lohaghat subdivision of the district.

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