Department of Horticulture

Government of Himachal Pradesh

Welcome to IHSMS, Department of Horticulture, Govt. of H. P.

Fruit Preservation Services

Purchase of surplus fruit/vegetable

There are 8 fruit canning units, functioning in Department of Horticulture in different districts viz: Naubahar (Shimla), Nagrota Bagwan (Kangra), Shamshi (Kullu), Dhaulakuan & Rajgarh (Sirmour), Nihal (Bilaspur), Reckong Peo (Kinnaur) and Rajpura (Chamba) of the state. For the manufacture of various kind of products, marketable surplus of fruits/vegetables are purchased by these units as per the requirement from the designated agencies under MIS (Market Intervention Scheme) and or from the growers at lowest rates quoted by the orchardists.

Sale Of Fruit & Vegetable Products

The fruit & vegetable products prepared by these 8 units are made available at very competitive prices through factory sale outlets. These unit provide the products on Whole Sale/Distributor rate. The former rates (Whole Sale) are applicable to those who purchase a pack containing 12 pieces while the later (Distributor) rate facility is available to one who buy products worth Rs.10,000/- or above. The sale is also carried out through departmental sale outlets located in different parts of the state and people have the facility of purchasing the delicious & nutritional products manufactured by these units at very reasonable price (list of sale counters is enclosed as annexure-I). The department also offer a chance to all individual to act as a distributor for the sale of ‘himcu’ fruit products through his shop.

Further, to ensure the quality of the products manufactured & sold by the department, a Quality Control & Product Standardization Laboratory has been established in the Directorate of Horticulture, Naubahar, Shimla-2 for testing the fruit & vegetable products for Physical, Chemical and Microbiological analysis.

Community Canning Services

The interested people of the state can utilize the Community Canning Services provided by the departmental Fruit Canning Units, under which any individual can manufacture the fruit & vegetable products from his produce for his own consumption at reasonable rates. For this purpose they can contact the unit Incharges of respective areas. This service is also provided by the 5 Community Fruit Processing cum Training Centres located at Tauni Devi & Nadaun (District: Hamirpur), Dehra & Nurpur (District: Kangra) and Kinoo (Una)

Training in Fruit/vegetable Preservation

The training in home scale fruit & vegetable preservation is imparted by the officers/officials of aforesaid units by organizing camps at various places of the state especially to women folk through Mahila Mandals, Panchayats, Yuva Kendras etc having atleast 25 participants in each camp for one or two days as per demand. For this purpose the interested organization/parties can also contact the respective unit Incharges for the purpose through letter or telephonically and confirm the dates of camps to be organized in a particular area.

To impart Technical Knowhow

The technical guidance/knowhow is to be imparted to the interested entrepreneurs for setting-up of the fruit & vegetable processing unit by the Incharges, Fruit Processing Unit of respective area.