Ladakh to initiate geo, drone mapping of wonder berry
Having become a wonder cash crop of the cold desert region of Ladakh, the UT Administration has decided to initiate geo and drone mapping for the widespread area under Seabuckthorn.
Seabuckthorn, also identified as Leh Berry, grows in the wild across Ladakh and the adjoining tribal Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh. It has helped generate economic benefits for residents of these areas.
Commissioner and Secretary, Industries and Commerce, Ladakh, Saugat Biswas chaired a meeting of the apex committee for the development and promotion of Seabuckthorn in UT Ladakh.
The concerned officials from the departments of horticulture, forest and Industries apprised about the status of various Seabuckthorn initiatives; bankable Seabuckthorn projects; geo-mapping and drone mapping for the area under Seabuckthorn; quality control labs; timeline for a model orchard of Seabuckthorn plantation to be developed at Chuchot, tissue culture, quality control lab; royalty collection;…