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Although only 14 percent of the total area of Uttarakhand is under cultivation, three-fourths of it’s population depends on agriculture for their livelihood, while 100 percent of the rural population cultivates fields. However, only 4 percent of the agriculture is carried out in the hill states, while the rest occurs in the three plains districts.

At the same time, mountain agriculture is rain fed, low on inputs, non-mechanized and handicapped by high transport costs and a weak market system. Extension services are weak and technology dissemination nonexistent. Himmotthan’s work in agriculture has till now focused upon diversification and niche products including organics, herbs, medicinal, culinary and aromatic plants; on developing strong village level institutions; on local value addition and market linkages, backed by constant research and piloting of new ideas. In the past few months Himmotthan has been engaged in carrying out a detailed agricultural survey of five areas in Uttarakhand and 3 areas in Himachal Pradesh, in view of developing a large scale agricultural programme in the coming year.


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