Himachal to market rotten-apple manure

October 7th, 2010 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Oct 7 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh, known for producing apples, would soon market across the country manure prepared from rotten apples, a minister said here Thursday.”Soon apple growers will start marketing of apple manure produced from rotten fruits through vermiculture,” Horticulture Minister Narender Bragta told reporters.

He said the state-owned Himachal Pradesh Marketing Corporation (HPMC) in association with Solan-based Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry would help the apple growers in setting up compost pits.

“Since apple contains high percentage of nitrogen, its manure is of superior quality. It can be easily marketed at Rs.10 per kg,” he added.

Bragta said vermiculture would not only enhance the income of the farmers but also help proper management of the crop.

He said even the government would also market the manure through the HPMC.

Himachal Pradesh this year is heading towards an all-time record of apple production of over 4.5 crore (45 million) standard boxes. Last year, the production was just 1.4 crore boxes. So far, over four crore boxes of apples have been sent to various markets.

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