Himachal Pradesh Current Affairs - 2020

World Bank and GoI sign Agreement on Climate Resilient Rain-Fed Agriculture

On March 11, 2020, the World Bank, Government of India and Government of Himachal Pradesh signed a loan agreement of 80 million USD to increase agricultural productivity and improve water management practices in Himachal Pradesh.

Highlights

The loan is to be used to implement the project in around 428 Gram Panchayats. The Panchayats are spread over 10 districts in Himachal Pradesh. More than 400,000 small holder farmers, pastoral communities and women are to be benefitted from the project.

The Project will also provide funds to install water monitoring stations. This will help lay foundation for future water budgets and will also ensure better land use.

Why Himachal Pradesh?

Many of the low lands of Himachal Pradesh are lacking water to agriculture. The rainfall of the state has been decreasing year by year. The agricultural production in the snow areas have shifted to higher altitudes to temperature rise in foot hills. This has affected their iconic apple production greatly.

Significance

The loan will help improve pastures, forests and grasslands. It will also make sure that sufficient water is available for sustainable agriculture in the state.

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Surajkund Mela-International Crafts Fair organized by Haryana with HP as theme state

On February 1, 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 34th Surajkund International Crafts Fair. The fair is being organized by the Haryana Government in Faridabad. Around 20 countries and the states of India are participating in the fair.

Highlights

The partner country of the fair is Uzbekistan. The theme state of the fair is Himachal Pradesh. This year the state of Himachal Pradesh will showcase its handicrafts, heritage and tourism potential. The Tourism Department has constructed replica of Ram Bag Gate and Bhimakali temple. The state will also perform its traditional dances and music.

The event will also host fashion shows and install 70 shops for Handloom, Bamboo and metal crafts.

Significance

The fair will help to promote tourism. It will also aid the state of Himachal Pradesh to display its huge adventure potential focusing mainly on water sports. The fair was upgraded to international level in 2013 and since 2015, around 20 countries are being invited.

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