15th November, 2021
CM to launch Rs 1010.60 Crore Phase-II of JICA Aided Farm Project
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur will launch Rs 1010.60 crore Phase-II of the HP Crop Diversification Promotion Project (HPCDP) supported by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on 16th November at Dharamshala. He said that Chief Representative of JICA-India SAITO Mitsunori will be the Guest of Honour at the dedication ceremony,
Revealing this, Secretary Agriculture Dr. Ajai Kumar Sharma said that the Phase-II of the JICA Aided Crop Diversification Project will be implemented in all 12 districts of state to boost up the socio-economic status of farmers’ families as has been achieved in the phase-I of the project being implemented in five pilot districts of Mandi, Kangra, Hamirpur, Bilaspur and Una since 2011.
Dr. Sharma further said that new phase of the HPCDP will have the JICA loan component of Rs. 807.30 crore while the State’s share will be Rs. 203.30 crore, which has been proposed with the objective to replicate the Phase-I pilot model in the entire state to explore untapped potential of vegetables as identified in master plan by JICA study.
He said that in the Phase-II of the project, there shall be 296 sub-projects for providing irrigation to convert 7,933 hectares under crop diversification have been envisaged, while ten other sub-projects will be taken up for crop diversification conversion of 500 hectare are those where already irrigation facilities are available. The targeted increase of gross income per hectare is expected to be Rs 2.50 lakh at the end of the project from the existing Rs 55,000 per hectare, he added.
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