Ladakh Current Affairs - 2020

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NITI Aayog and Ladakh UT sign MoU to develop Infrastructure projects

On January 17, 2020, NITI Aayog and Ladakh Union Territory signed a Memorandum of Understanding. According to the agreement, NITI Aayog will support the administration of the Ladakh through its initiative “Development Support Services to States for Infrastructure Projects” (DSSS)

Highlights

NITI Aayog will identify high-impact projects. It will expedite project implementations, create unique models of development and will identify high-impact priority projects. A team of experts associated with NITI Aayog are to be stationed in Ladakh to identify and develop the territory. The team will predominantly focus on solar energy, tourism and basic infrastructure.

What are DSSS projects of NITI Aayog?

The main objective of DSSS projects is creating PPP (Public Private Partnership) projects. In 2018, phase I of the project was completed. In phase I, 10 projects were selected from 400 projects that were submitted by the states. In phase II, that was completed in the year 2018-19, the selected projects entered transaction stage. Preparation activities were carried out. The think tank also created techno-economic feasibility report.

The following were other steps taken

  • The think tank organized investor consultations for the state governments
  • Integrated post-harvest supply chain management and integrated community based micro-irrigation infrastructure were generated.

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Food Processing Summit held in Ladakh

On January 16, 2020, the Department of Industries and Commerce, functioning under Ministry of Food Processing Industries organized food processing summit in Ladakh. The other stakeholders of the summit include Invest India and National Investment Promotion and Facilitation agency.

Highlights

The Summit was attended by food producers of Ladakh. It included producers of milk, barley, meat, organic vegetables, apples and apricots. The Ladakh Action Plan for Food Processing to promote food processing was presented at the summit.

The summit focused on chain mapping of food processing and recommended strategies to integrate local population towards agriculture and food processing. It also focused primarily on Leh and Kargil regions.

Current Scenario

Though Ladakh has the potential for growing cereals, vegetables and food grains, agriculture has now taken back seat in the rapid growth of the region. Agriculture has lost its place to the growing tourism in the region. Also, the other reasons for decreased participation of agricultural activities include low cropping intensity, short agriculture season and less productivity.

Government measures

The Government of India has been focusing on the following to develop agriculture in the region

  • GoI adopts improved green houses, poultry farming, lambing shed, value addition and marketing of horticultural products and compost pits.
  • It introduces high yielding crop varieties, seed production techniques, organic farming
  • The Union Government is also motivating farmers to adopt cold weather technologies to increase production.

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