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Forest produce helps to improve living conditions in Shimla

To improve their standard of living, women in Shimla are innovatively making pickles and juices from forest produce.

Cheibis (Himachal Pradesh), May 3 : To improve their standard of living, women in Shimla are innovatively making pickles and juices from forest produce.

Twelve villages falling under the jurisdiction of the Cheibis Pargana in Rampur Tehsil are involved in the project.

Self- help groups formed in each village have brought into their respective folds women who utilze items like Rhododendron flowers and ferns to make jams, squashes, jellies and pickles.

"We make pickles. We get spices from the market and later take it to the market. This is how we are maintaining ourselves," said Parvati Dangal, a member of the self- help group in Kinnu village.

This was first initiated by the women of Kinnu village.

The products are later exhibited and sold at fairs and local markets.

"They sell their product at stalls set up in the fair, and they have earned good. All the women then deposit the money in the bank," said Gwali Devi, Circle Supervisor, Social Welfare Department, Himachal Pradesh.

This forest produce is recommended by doctors for people suffering from heart and blood pressure problems.

ANI

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