Food security, nutritional security, sustainability and profitability are the main focus of PJKS in all of its present and future development strategies. The high value agriculture, particularly horticultural crops are the catalysts for the next wave of growth in the farm sector. The statistical evidences point out that share of cereals and pulses in the per capita food expenditure in India has reduced from 40 to 28 per cent between year 2000 and 2010 while that of high value products including fruits and vegetables rose from 36 per cent to 42 per cent during the same period.

PJKS has been involved in horticulture development programmes with the underprivileged families with an aim to augment rural livelihoods through the promotion of Horticulture. Its involvement with horticulture started as an offshoot of watershed development programmes. PJKS encouraged plantations in the catchment areas and undertook social forestry programmes. Providing seedlings to the communities for plantation on the boundaries of their fields has been an important entry point activity for the various programmes of the organisation.

PJKS establishes linkages with the State Horticulture Department and G.B. Pant Agricultural University for Science and Technology and technical knowhow. The staff and volunteers of the organisation received periodic trainings related to cultivation of horticulture crops and strategies for orchard management. The organisation has also set up a model orchard on 2 acres of land and this is serving as a training center for the potential cultivators.

  • So far a total of 24,000 fruit trees have been planted in the 3 project villages involving more than 200 families.
  • A 520 hectare of land has been utilised under Horticulture initiative in 2 districts in the state.
  • We have tried to bring the religious flavour to our Horticulture initiative. We encourage people to organise Kathas (religious discourses) and distributed seedlings as
  • The seedlings that are planted include Sweet Lemon (Mausambi), Lemon (Kagji), Lemon (Barahmasi), Malta, Galgal, Kinnoo, Orange and Guava.
  • Market linkages have been established within the districts like Tehri, Ghansali, Chamiyala, Ghonti, Chamba and also in cities like Dehradun & Rishikesh.