In the meeting with horticulture department, Minister Narinder Bragta said that adequate stock of fertilizers was available in the State and the fertilizers were being made available through HIMFED and other Agencies.

Bragta said that the fertilizers were being made available to the farmers as per their requirement. The supply of complex and MOP fertilizers got delayed due to heavy snowfall in the Shimla district and these fertilizers would be made available within two days. Besides, 4000 MT SSP fertilizer would also be made available within two-three days to the farmers. He said that against the 5000 MT requirement of Potash, 4300 MT had been provided to the farmers.

He appealed the orchardists to purchase the saplings from certified and registered agencies only. He said that a team had already been set up to take action against those found violating the norms. He said that State had demand of 14 lakh saplings and the Horticulture Department had adequate stock of 45 lakh saplings which would be supplied soon to the orchardists of the state.

Narinder Bragta said that Horticulture Training Camps were being organized by the Department with assistance of scientists of Nauni University with a view to provide quality and modern farming techniques to the farmers. He said that 135 such camps had so far been organized in Shimla District benefiting more than 6000 farmers. J.C.Rana, Director, Agriculture, Gurdev Singh, Director, Horticulture, J.M. Pathania, Managing Director, HIMFED and other senior officers were also present in the meeting

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