The mountains of Uttarakhand which constitute 86% of the total area of the State, host a variety of crops due to their varied agro-climatic conditions. Agriculture constitutes one third share of the state’s income. Although it’s share of primary sector in overall GSDP declined from 22.27% in 2004-05 to 9.59% in 2013-14, it remains crucial in the state’s economy. The sector employs 45 per cent of workers and provides livelihoods to over 80% of the rural population. Small and marginal land holdings are 91% of total land holdings, 90% is rainfed, and the region is heavily impacted by climate change triggered disasters. Traditional practices, age old varieties, rainfed conditions, extreme climatic events, negligible technical knowhow, non-availability of quality/ timely inputs, high incidence of pests and animal impact and low mechanization combine to keep production very low. Heavy postharvest losses and transportation and marketing hurdles further hinder sustainability of market linkages, and therefore the farmer’s interest. Recently the situation has worsened with rapid environmental degradation, water source depletion, cloud bursts, flash floods, erratic rainfall, soil fertility depletion etc.

 

With this backdrop, being agriculture a key component of the rural livelihoods, the Himmotthan Society has initiated a pilot project on mountain agriculture in the year 2013 with the support of the Tata Trusts. The main aim of the project is to increase the productivity of selected crops using sustainable and economically viable agriculture technologies, restore and revitalize the mountain agriculture in chosen villages of the Central Himalayan region. In addition, various agriculture and horticulture related interventions were built-in intensively in ongoing livelihood projects. Over the period, the agriculture strategy of the Himmotthan is designed to address the problems and issue highlighted in the above paragraph. The strategy on agriculture of the Himmotthan is briefly described hereunder:

 

Focus Crops: Crops already being cultivated in the hills are being promoted for production enhancement. Current potential crops selected for the intervention are: Cereals & Millets (Paddy, Wheat,  Basmati, Finger millet, Barnyard millet, maize); Pulses (Horse gram, Kidney bean, Pigeon pea, Lentil); Vegetables (Cabbage, Cauliflower, Vegetable pea, French bean, Potato, Tomato, Cucurbits, Okra, etc); Spices (Chilli, Coriander, Ginger, Turmeric, Garlic, Onion), Fruits (peach, apple and walnut), and Herbs.

 

Women are selling cabbage
Paddy seedlings transplantation after irrigation
Line sowing- Pulses
Use of machines for proper seed sowing
Himmotthan Head Office

193, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2

Behind Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School Senior Branch

District-Dehradun

Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2760728, 2761796


Himmotthan WATSAN Office

41, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2

District-Dehradun

Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2762966


TRISHULII Producer Co. Ltd.

295-A, Vasant Vihar, Phase-II, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

248006

Email: trishuliiltd@gmail.com

Himmotthan Regional Offices
1. Kumaun Region-Almora

(Mohalla Talla Galli, Jakhan Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand India, 263609)

2. Garhwal Region Office- Chamoli

Near Petrol Pump, Gopeshwar,District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

3. Garhwal Region Office- Jadipani

Gram Saud, Jadipani, Chamba Block, District Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

 
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