Shimla (Himachal Pradesh)
The apple farmers in Himachal Pradesh have started covering their fields with anti-hail nets. The farmers have adopted this method, from last few years, in order to protect their farms from hails and other natural disaster. Due to hailstorms, the crop used to damage more often. The farmers from rural areas of Shimla, Kinnaur and Kullu districts are now trying to protect their crop with these anti-hail nets. The apple farms can be seen covered in nets. The farmer said that these nets have helped them in hail prone areas, and helps them cover cost of one plant up to Rs.800. The government had also installed the anti-hail guns, but, it was unsuccessful between the farmers. The farmers are hoping to get good crop ahead of the season, and have started installing anti-hail net in their farms. The government is offering 80% discount to those farmers who are installing anti-hails net. Farmers only have to pay Rs. 30,000.