257 clusters selected under HP Shiva main project-phase one: CM

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Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister said 257 clusters have been selected for the first phase of Rs 1,292-crore HP Shiva main project. The project has been launched in the state for the overall development of the horticulture sector and to make people self-reliant.

Asian Development Bank’s Project Readiness Financing Mission team led by Sunae Kim, Team Leader for the HP Shiva Project, on Monday met the Chief Minister and briefed him about the objectives and scope of the mission.

A target has been set to benefit about 15,000 farmers and orchardists by setting up orchards in an area of 4,000 hectare, said the chief minister.


He said that this project will be implemented in 5 years and sub-tropical fruit-crop gardens will be set up in about 400 clusters on a total of 6,000 hectares of land in two phases.

The chief minister stressed for plantation of various other fruit plants which can be grown in the low-lying areas so that the fruit diversity in the area could also be increased.