Ladakh is globally famous for its apricots. However, the shelf life of the fruit is very short and the farmers are deprived of good financial returns due to absence of any modern apricot fruit-processing technologies adopted so far. The farmers continue with the age old sun drying of apricot fruits, which is not market friendly as the quality of the fruit deteriorates considerably. The latest Freeze drying technology to produce fully or semi dried fruits would retain color nutrients taste etc. while the moisture content is reduced as per the market requirement. Besides, various other products could be produced with the latest processing technologies so that farmers get the maximum returns from their produce.
Besides the region, which is separated by 350 kms wide Himalaya range, makes it an ideal place for seed production of various crops like oilseeds, pulses, cereals and vegetables. There is a total isolation from the main-land. Weeds pests and cross genes are kept at bay by this physical barrier leading to the production of true to type seeds of various crops.
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Since 1947 or a little later, Ladakh has been dependent on food stuff supplies from the other states, due to a very short summer season and no possibility of open field cultivation during long winter season.