On 4th July 2020, Radha Krishna Mathur, Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh launched Mission Organic Development Initiative(M.O.D.I) and Greenhouse Project, to lead the Union Territory on a sustainable path, over a virtual platform from Raj Niwas, Ladakh.
Mission Organic Development Initiative(M.O.D.I):
i.MODI, a special development project initiated by LAHDC Leh in 2019.
ii.A budget of Rs.500 crore is allocated for this initiative.
iii.This initiative will help to achieve Carbon Neutral Ladakh and will increase 40% additional income of the farmers of Ladakh region.
MODI will be implemented in three phases,
- Phase I: Around 66 villages in the region of Leh and Kargil will be converted into organic villages by the end of March 2021.
- Phase II: Around 85 villages of Ladakh will get the certification by 2023.
- Phase III: The remaining 90 villages of the Leh and Kargil district will be declared as organic by 2025.
Ladakh Greenhouse project:
i.The Greenhouse project is targeted to increase the availability of vegetables throughout the year through deep winter and to establish around 1676 greenhouses in the Leh and Kargil districts over a 2 years of time.
ii.A budget of Rs.76.44 crore is allocated for this project.
i.The polycarbonate greenhouse technology developed by the Defence institute of High-Altitude Research(DIHAR).
ii.The greenhouse technology of DIHAR has a shelf life of 25 years and will support the cultivation throughout the year.
iii.This technology is warmer and has high snow load capacity compared to the existing technologies.
i.The roles, functions and the ability of the council of Leh and Kargil to utilise the budget to deliver the benefits to the citizens were discussed in the meeting called by Gyal P. Wangyal and Feroz Ahmed Khan,Chief Executive Councilors of Leh and Kargil.
ii.Jamyang Tsering Namgyal, Member of Parliament, Ladakh and Dr O.P. Chaurasia, Director of DIHAR were also present in the meeting followed by the e-launch.
Director– Om Prakash Chaurasia
Location– Leh, Ladakh