PRADIP LOHAGUN, KALIMPONG, 18 Feb 2014: The Kalimpong Farmers’ Welfare Organisation is looking to promote horticulture in the hills so as to bring forth more benefits to the farming fraternity. In the first phase, experimental orchards have been launched at Lamahatta, Kalimpong, Pudung, Sakyong Algarah, Pubung and other areas, according to organisation secretary Bishnu Chettri.
He said around 500 women from Takdha and Algarah have been employed in the model orchards where oranges, pears and peaches are being cultivated as of now.
Noting horticultural products are receiving added importance from the central government, Chettri said the newly launched scheme is expected to contribute to the financial wellbeing of the farmers.
He said, “The scheme has been launched with the aim of financial betterment. Under this model, fertilisers, irrigation, soil tests and sapling distribution will be looked after by the organisation. In addition, free health checkups of the women workers and promotion of mushroom cultivation will also be taken up.”
Chettri also said proper marketing will be conducted after authenticating the produce as organic. The second phase of the scheme will see the inclusion of 1,000 women for fruit cultivation.
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