A Spokesman of the State Government said that a target of 7.41 lac tonne foodgrains besides 3.36 thousand tonne oil seeds, 27,000 tonne potato and 5.20 lac tonne vegetable production had been fixed by the Agriculture Department under Agriculture Production Programme during the current rabi season.
He said that consumers preferred organic produce and added that 25,000 farmers were engaged in organic farming. He said that four lakh vermi-compost units have been set up. He said that 7200 metric tonne improved seeds, 29,500 metric tonne fertilizers, 10 metric tonne organic manure, 45 metric tonne medicines and 50,000 improved agriculture implements have been distributed to the farmers. He said that 62,500 soil testing cards would be issued after taking samples.
The Spokesman said that agriculture insurance scheme would continue during the current rabi season for wheat and barley crops and tomato in Solan district and potato crop in Una and Kangra districts have been included in the weather based crop insurance scheme on experimental basis.