Shimla: Deliberations over opportunities and risks of climate change on habitation and highland farming was launched the Second Sangla Valley Household Tourism festival in Sangla valley today.
With many foreign tourists from France and Israel present on the occasion the festival is gaining in popularity.
Vidya Karan Negi chairman, Sangla Valley Sustainable Society (SVSDS) who is also festival organizer said the first festival in May 2008 was able to popularize destination Sangla, both for domestic and foreign tourist.
Traditional dishes like Gima (stuffed intestine of goat/sheep) chulphanting (pulp of dry apricot), Brasohaot (Piza kinde base of buckwheat), Hotup (Drink of dry apricot kernels), kinnauri rajmas, and mutter mushroom (Grown especially at Sangla) were the served to the festival visitors.
Dr Lal Singh of the Himalayan Research Group, Shimla, one of the main organizers explained importance of celebrating the festival.
â€œIt is one major opportunity for livelihood development of people in Sangla Valley through capacity building, proper market orientation of the households in preservation and popularization of culture, cuisine, craft and new field of camping,â€ he said.
Singh emphasized the regular interaction of the people and experts in the field of home stay, food processing, innovative agriculture practices like medicinal plants and mushroom cultivation.
A contingent of the scientists of different research streams from the H.P. Krishi Vishvavidalaya, Palampur, led by Prof. P.K. Sharma, Dean Post Graduate Studies explained the opportunities arising out of climate change coming to this valley by growing of apple in Chitkul and cultivation of highland pastures through early melting of snow fall.
Tested series of colonal root stocks of apple was available form the H.P, Krishi Vishvavidlaya, Palampur said Dr. N. D. Negi, university scientists posted at Kalpa.
Women empowerment by technology transfer under a climate change scenario through cultivation of crop with organic means, indoor cultivation of button mushroom, low cost poly house protected cultivation, medicinal plants cultivation on pastures, development of fodder and fodder processing technologies and passive housing retrofitting for space heating to reduce fuel wood dependence made by Dr. Maninder Jeet Kaur of HRG Shimla was well received by the participants.
Festivities were marked with cultural troupes and others joining in the traditional dance. The food festival, sale of dry fruits, handicraft and handloom items from the stall installed by the local artisan and traders had a busy day.
The festival was organized with support from the Palampur Agriculture University (CSK, Krishi Vishvavidlaya), said Lal Singh.