Apple is the backbone of the economy of the State and it also has immense potential for attracting the tourists and to provide employment to many. This was stated by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while inaugurating the Himachal Apple Festival- 2019 hereat Gaiety Theatre today organized jointly by State Tourism and Horticulture departments.
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Jai Ram Thakur said that on the occasion of World Tourism Day, the department has adopted the 'Himachal Apple Festival' as a theme which shows the importance of apple in the economy of the State. He said that apple cultivation and apple orchards could prove an added attraction to the tourists visiting the State as they would get the opportunity to stay in salubrious climate in the lap of nature.
The Chief Minister said that the climatic conditions of Himachal Pradesh were well suited for floriculture and farmers were adopting it in a big way. He said that there was a huge market for floriculture and farmers of the State could adopt it as an avocation for supplementing their income.
Jai Ram Thakur crowned Shivankita Kanwar as Apple Prince, Deepanshi Thakur as Apple Princess, Yogesh as Apple King and Vanshika Katoch as Apple Queen on the occasion.
Earlier, the Chief Minister went around the exhibition put up by the horticulturists of the State highlighting different varieties of apple and flowers.
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He also cut the biggest apple cake prepared by the Tourism department alongwith the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Kufri Shimla. This huge cake with the dimension of 4.5 feet into 3.5 feet weighing over 200 kg. has entered into the India Book of Records as the biggest Apple cake.
Chief Whip Narender Bragta, Mayor Kusum Sadret, Chief Secretary Dr. Shrikant Baldi, Director, Tourism Yunus, progressive horticulturists from different parts of the State and other senior officers were present on the occasion among others.
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