The state has approached Japan International Cooperation Agency for the second phase of the crop diversification project under technical cooperation, he said. The agriculture department is also implementing four national programmes for which Rs.90 crore have been earmarked. The state has launched several schemes to transform agriculture into agri-business, including the Rs.110-crore Y.S. Parmar Swarojagar Yojana, Rs.154-crore Rajiv Gandhi Micro Irrigation Scheme, and the Rs.20 crore Borewell and Lift Irrigation Scheme. To provide compensation to the farmers and farm labourers in case of accidental injury or death, the state government has launched Mukhya Mantri Kisaan Evam Khetihar Mazdoor Jeevan Suraksha Yojna.
A compensation of Rs.150,000 will be given in case of death while working on the farm or machinery, and Rs.50,000 in case of permanent disability. Himachal Pradesh annually earns about Rs.2,500 crore from the cultivation of vegetables, while horticulture generates more than Rs.3,200 crore annually. The cultivation of exotic vegetables and flowers in poly-houses and the setting up of controlled atmosphere chains is expected to add to earnings for growers.