A largely organic sweet cherry crop has made Himachal Pradesh growers very happy; production is expected to be over 850 tons this season, double the production of last year. Cherry growers in Manali say that they are getting good prices for the produce this year. The selling price is varying between Rs 175 to 275 per kg, depending on the quality.
The higher reaches of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Chamba and Kinnaur, at altitudes of 6, 000 to 8, 000 feet above sea level, are ideal for cherry cultivation. Shimla district alone accounts for more than 90 per cent of the state’s total production.
[ Rs 100 = €1.10 ]