Uttarakhand News

Horticulture to be introduced as a compulsory subject for U’khand students

To put a cap on migration and offer a new source of livelihood to the hill folk of Garhwal and Kumaon region, now horticulture study will be included in the curriculum of students till class eight. Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat has agreed to this decision and Agriculture Minister, Subodh Uniyal has directed the State Agriculture Produce Markets Board to include horticulture as a compulsory subject for students up to class eight. Soon with the help of scientists deployed at Pantnagar, the syllabus for horticulture farming will be designed and the proposal will be forwarded to the Education Department.

On getting a nod from the Education Department, the students till class eight will study horticulture farming in schools. The students will be imparted the knowledge of how to grow cash crops, fruits, vegetables and save trees from parasites, insects and other harms. Between 2017-2018, shorting-welding machines costing about 4 crores will be installed in the hilly areas of Almora, Pithoragarh, Uttarakashi and Pauri. The money for which will be used from the State Agriculture Produce Markers Board’s Agriculture SES.