Himachal Pradesh Horticulture Minister Vidya Stokes on Saturday announced that the state government would release of Rs.10 crore to the state horticulture department in an effort to provide modern equipment to horticulturists.

“The allocated budget would help in meeting the long pending demand of horticulturists,” Stokes said.

“Rs.5 crore each have been allocated to purchase power tillers and power sprayers for all 12 districts of the state,” she added.

Stokes said that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, keeping his earlier promise made in the assembly, released the amount to the department to overcome liabilities.