Shimla/ Nahan, July 11
The Rajgarh region of Sirmaur district, also known as the Peach valley, is currently supplying the bulk of stone fruits to North Indian markets.
Every day, boxes of peach, apricot, and palm reach various mandis of the country from the Peach valley of Rajgarh.
According to famous gardener Sherjung Chauhan, a peach crate is being sold at Rs 15 hundred in Solan and other fruit markets, due to which the gardener is likely to get a good profit.  He said that due to strong winds and hailstorms, especially apples and peaches have suffered a lot.  Despite this, the crop of peach and palm has been fine on average.
According to the department’s sources, more than two crore damage has been assessed in Rajgarh, Sangrah and Pachhad blocks.
The peach of Rajgarh is considered very famous for its excellent quality, taste, and size, due to which it has a different identity in the country known as Peach Valley of Rajgarh.
According to departmental sources, an average of six thousand metric tons of peaches are produced annually in this valley.  This information has been given by Dr Devendra Atri, the subject matter expert of the Horticulture Department, Rajgarh.
He said there are peach orchards on about three thousand hectares of land in the Rajgarh area, in which, mainly, July Albert variety of peach is produced.  About 15 thousand metric tonnes of fruit are produced in Rajgarh Valley every year, in which six thousand metric tonnes of peaches, 3580 metric tonnes of plums, four thousand metric tonnes of apples and 12 hundred metric tonnes of apricot are produced.
Progressive gardener Sherjung Chauhan says that this year due to hailstorms, peaches were tainted, due to which the gardeners had suffered a lot.  He said that till now, the early variety of peach has arrived in the market and in addition to the July Elverta variety, the season of ‘Plum Khumani’ has also started.
He added that due to untimely rains and hailstorms during the last year, the peach crop was affected by tufrina disease, due to which it was destroyed.  Pertinent to inform you that now the trend of the gardeners of Rajgarh is moving towards producing low-altitude apples.  Last year, in the winter season, hundreds of apple saplings were planted by the farmers. The primary attraction in harvesting apples is that the Rajgarh crop reaches the mandis of the country first, so the gardeners get reasonable prices.


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