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Apple Production in Himachal Pradesh: An Impending Crisis?

Apple production in Himachal Pradesh benefited hugely from state support in the 1970s and 1980s. Peasant movements were successful in raising the support prices for the apple crop in the early 1990s. Small landholdings and low productivity, coupled with the withdrawal of state support have raised the cost of production substantially, and denied remunerative prices to the poor and marginal growers. The entry of big private players, the deteriorating transport system, changes in the climate and absence of adequate insurance are all contributing to a major crisis in the apple economy.

Nailing the Himachal Pradesh Government's Lies

The Himachal Pradesh government has made a number of false statements on crucial issues affecting the villagers of Gagret in Una district relating to the land that will be acquired for a proposed special economic zone. An airport that is to come up will affect the population of 25 villages, a majority of whom are peasants owning less than one hectare of land.
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