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Vol. 11, Special Issue 6 (2022)

An investigation into the socio-economic status and problems of cherry growers with reference to Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh

Author(s):
Diksha Bali, Ravinder Sharma, SP Singh, Parul Barwal, Parveen Kashyap, Akshaydeep and Goldy Bhagat
Abstract:
A study has been carried out to find out the problems faced by cherry cultivators and their socio economic conditions in Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. Primary data from a representative sample of 50 farmers was collected from three purposively selected tehsils namely Nankhari, Kumarsain, and Kotkhai. Results revealed that 90.10 per cent of the family members were literates with a literacy index of 3.32. Average operational land holding size was 1.69 hectares of which 87.71 per cent was under fruit crops. Among different fruit crops, 42.54 per cent were cherry plants on overall category and dominant varieties of cherry were Dero Nero, Stella, Merchant and Van. The share of income from fruit ranged between 75.46 to 76.31 per cent indicating the fact that the study area was dominated by fruit cultivation and 40 per cent of the income from fruits was from the cultivation of cherry. Problem of bird attack, diseases, low shelf life, part payment to the farmers by contractors, change in climatic conditions and shortage of skilled labour were found more pronounced in the study area.
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How to cite this article:
Diksha Bali, Ravinder Sharma, SP Singh, Parul Barwal, Parveen Kashyap, Akshaydeep and Goldy Bhagat. An investigation into the socio-economic status and problems of cherry growers with reference to Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh. The Pharma Innovation Journal. 2022; 11(6S): 2333-2337.

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