Adopt ‘trench farming’ to grow herbs, vegetables in Ladakh: Assocham

Farmers in the Union Territory of Ladakh need to be knowledgeable about solutions to greenhouses, these as reduced tunnel technological innovation or trench farming, to assist them cultivate herbs and vegetables, a report by Assocham in affiliation with Primus Partners has said.

The report also suggests taking up greenhouse cultivation of Indian and unique vegetables and flowers on a massive scale, launching “Ladakh Natural and organic Mission” and investing in infrastructure to tap the union territory’s whole opportunity in farming.

Trench farming could be thought of until the administration can take up the set up of industrial greenhouses. “This technological innovation is not just reduced-price, but also portable. The farmers have the means to relocate the tunnel to whatever place they want. In high mountain areas like Changthang, they might also be utilised to cultivate herbs and vegetables,” the report said.

Adopting Trench farming

Some farmers have adopted this strategy and are now expanding up to 28 diverse versions of vegetables, up from the past ten. “This has not only authorized people today to make additional revenue from their agricultural goods, but it has also ensured that the local community has entry to a wide range of wholesome veggies. For that reason, there is a have to have to have out ability creating pursuits to create acceptance of this technological innovation. The administration, in collaboration with DRDO, can seem at popularising this technological innovation in the region,” it said.

Calling for setting up at minimum just one or two greenhouses in each village, the report pointed to how Tibetan region farmers, who have related climatic situations, experienced tailored to greenhouses.

The study said that the industrial cultivation of Indian and unique vegetables and flowers can be taken up in massive greenhouses to meet regional desire and then supply to regional resorts and military bases on a contractual basis. Post these developments, these produce could be provided to the relaxation of the country at a premium due to the fact India imports some of these vegetables these as broccoli and bell pepper.

Favourable local climate

It said climatic situations ended up favourable for the growth of high-quality apricot and apple in the Union Territory, where by massive-scale seabuckthorn cultivation has the opportunity to be a important instrument for Ladakh’s cold desert’s very long-phrase growth.

Pointing out that present key processing of the seabuckthorn berry is remaining finished in Ladakh, the study said various elements these as the pulp, seed and hull are bought to corporations situated outside the house the region for further more price-addition.

“There is an option for growth of price-additional goods in this area. Consequently, the govt requirements to create a favourable environment for the traders by way of partial assistance in the type of subsidies, training and skill growth on price-additional goods,” the Assocham report said.

Introducing price to goods

The study said wastage of apricot and apples — that are abundantly developed in the course of warm climate and in reduce locations these as Sham, Nubra and Kargil — was high owing to poor industry linkages.

For that reason, the govt could look at setting up processing units that will also utilize women who could be organised into self-assist groups to produce jams, jellies, oil from the pulp of these fruits.

Similarly, indigenous herbs and flowers which includes unique species, these as Geranium, can be utilised to produce aromatic and medicinal oils, natural tea, extracts for soaps and perfumes, scented candles etc, the report said.

The pulp extraction services can produce various price-additional goods from both these fruits andseabuckthorn, apart from all-natural dyes that can be exported or utilised by the domestic textiles industries.

The report said Ladakh’s climate situations ended up great for seed growth of various vegetable crops. The Defence Institute of Large Altitude Analysis (DIHAR) in Leh has formulated seed production techniques for a wide range of temperate vegetable crops.

“Cabbage, onion, leek, beetroot, temperate radish, temperate carrot, turnip, swede, celery, and parsley are vegetable seed crops that can be developed on sandy to heavy soils with enough h2o and vitamins. If offered the suitable impetus, these have the opportunity of remaining exported and grown throughout the planet,” the Assocham report said.

Going natural and organic

On the have to have to start a “Ladakh Natural and organic Mission” with a eyesight of the next five a long time, the report said these a mission need to emphasis on producing Ladakh an natural and organic certified region, like Sikkim. One more element of this mission could emphasis on eco-welcoming packaging for the product, making a special manufacturer image for its goods.

The report called for additional financial investment in infrastructure with non-public sector players coming forward to devote in essential infrastructure for agriculture in the region that will have the ability to change the sector.

“Solar-driven cold storage, mini foodstuff parks, industrial greenhouses etc. are all components of essential infrastructure that are the have to have of the hour for the sector. Placing up of smaller units with foodstuff processing services will also create additional work for the locals,” it additional.