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Mountain Development Summit recommends setting up of Farmers’ Income Commission

Solan, Oct 5 (UNI) Setting up of a Farmers’ income commission to ensure minimum respectable income to farmers, incentivising eco system services provided by Himalayan states and climate change adoption and resilience building of mountain farmers were among the recommendations mooted at the conclusion of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit that concluded on the campus of Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences on Friday.

The recommendations of the summit were presented at the conclave of Chief Ministers and delegates from about a dozen states in Himalayan region at Shimla. Shoolini University Vice Chancellor Prof P K Khosla gave details of the proceedings and recommendations at the conclave.

Other major recommendations included a mechanism for compensating farmers for eco system services, provision for green cess, green bonds and establishments of green infrastructure fund. It also called for developing Brand Himalaya and recommended compensating Himalayan states for conservation of natural resources.

Prof Khosla said the Summit ended with a hope and determination that the next generation youth will play the pivotal role in conserving the Himalayan states. It also called upon to create on the lines of apple cultivation several other success stories suiting the different agro climatic zones of the ten Himalayan states and hill districts of Darjeeling and Assam.

It was also recommended that integrated mountain initiative should also play the key role of a coordinator between the Himalayan people and the Indian Government so that the region gets its due share also from national exchequer when it is mandatory for the Himalayan States to protect sixty six per cent forest area for the conservation of the Indo Gangetic basin and Brahamputra basin.

The Summit ended with a note looking for unequivocal partnership between all Himalayan people, its political and administrative heads and the Government of India for the prosperity of the entire nation.

Speaking at the valedictory function of the Summit, Himachal minister for Social Justice, Empowerment and Cooperation Dr Rajiv Saizal, said the recommendations made at the Summit would be studied by the state government for implementation. He said that Himalayan region, which is spread over eight countries, must be preserved for future generations.

Mr Sushil Ramola, president of IMI, stressed the need for everyone to come together to face challenges. He said the Himalayan region was adversely affected by melting of glaciers, floods, hail storms and other natural calamities.

Mr Eklabya Sharma, deputy Director General, ICIMOD-Nepal, said the Himalayas are a global asset with four out of total 36 global diversity hotspots.
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