A new trend in apple cultivation has emerged in Himachal Pradesh — apples are being grown in sparsely vegetative areas at higher altitudes such as Lahaul and Spiti valley, courtesy of climate change a study claims.
Fruit production industry in hilly zones is seeing a rise in temperature. Because of this, production of apple has moved to higher altitudes, which earlier were not suitable for this fruit.
A study conducted by the Regional Centre, National Afforestation and Eco-development Board and Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Himachal Pradesh, points out that the rising temperature in Himachal due to climate change has driven the shift.
The study says that apple growing belt in low-lying valley areas like Kullu — once considered good for apple production — has now become extremely marginal, resulting in diversification to other fruits like kiwi and pomegranate, and vegetable seed production.