4,000 tonnes of peas procured in HP’s Solan amid lockdown

Solan: The state-run Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee  in Himachal Pradesh has procured 4,000 metric tonnes of peas valued at Rs 9.20 crore in Solan district amid the lockdown due to coronavirus scare, government officials said on Thursday. The district has earned a name in the production of off-season vegetables like capsicum, green peas, beans, cabbage, cauliflower, potato and cucumber that find markets in neighbouring Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and even New Delhi. Since the imposition of the curfew in the state on March 24 to contain the virus, the state has taken initiatives to enable the farmers across Himachal to reach markets and grow preferred crops, a government spokesperson .He said in Solan district, all 22 agricultural sale centres have been made operational on priority. For this, the Agriculture Department provided mobile numbers to 15 officers posted in the district so as to educate the farmers. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur took special interest to overcome the problems and concerns of the farmers. As per his directions, the Agriculture Department prepared an action plan for crop harvesting in the coming Rabi season and farmers were educated through subject-matter specialists and agricultural extension officers.