Contents: Foreword. Preface. I. Synthesis of dialogue deliberations: 1. Apple farming in the Himalayas: synthesis of dialogue deliberations/R. Bawa, Tej Partap and R.P. Awasthi. II. State of apple farming in the Himalayan region: 2. Horticulture in the hills: issues and challenges/Tej Partap. 3. Overview analysis of apple crop problems in the Himalayas and available technological options/K.K. Jindal and K. Mehta. 4. Low productivity trends in the apple growing state of India - Himachal Pradesh: contributing factors/Jagmohan Singh. 5. Apple farming in Nepal and strategies for sustainable production/K.K. Jindal and Teeka Pradhan. 6. Experiences of apple farming in Bhutan - how the economic lifeline can be sustained?/R.P. Awasthi. 7. Apple farming in Bhutan, China and Myanmar: A. Bhutan/Pema Dorji. B. China/Li Zai-Long. C. Myanmar/Sein Hla Bo. 8. Apple farming in the Indian Himalayas: hopes and concerns/D.R. Gautam and K.K. Jindal. 9. Apple farming in the North Eastern Himalayan region/K.K. Jindal and T. Dorjee. 10. Apple farming in Jammu and Kashmir/A.A. Sofi. 11. Future of apples in the apple state of India: Jammu and Kashmir/K.D. Farooqui. 12. Apple farming in Uttaranchal: where does it stand?/S.D. Lal. 13. Future of apple farming in Uttaranchal: some issues/D.S. Rathore. III. Trade and economics: 14. Where will Indian apples stand under trade liberalization?/A.L. Nadda. 15. Changing roles and status of the woman farmers in the apples valleys/Y.S. Negi. 16. Apple farming induced social changes in Himachal Pradesh/A.K. Randev. 17. Producing quality apples under Himalayan farming conditions/G.S. Thakur. IV. Apple research and technology aspects: 18. Apple farming in the Himalayas: pollination issues/Uma Partap and Tej Partap. 19. Changing climate, shifting apple zones and declining productivity/K.K. Jindal, P.S. Chauhan and M.S. Mankotia. 20. New apple varieties provide solution to the second generation problems of apple farming/S.D. Sharma. 21. Role of honeybees in maintaining apple productivity/H.K. Sharma and J.R. Thakur. 22. Promising rootstocks of apple for rainfed areas/S.A. Ananda. 23. Producing virus-free apple plants for farmers/S.V. Bhardwaj and Anil Handa. 24. Weather monitoring and forecast for apple disease management in the apple belts of the Himalayas/Vijay Singh Thakur. 25. Managing premature leaffall in apple/J.N. Sharma. 26. Replanting apple orchards: the management concerns and options/S.S. Bhardwaj and I.M. Sharma. 27. Apple disease-based low productivity in the Himalayas/K.D. Verma and L.N. Bhardwaj. 28. Second generation apple pollinizer varieties: need and options./D.R. Gautam. 29. Widening opportunities for apple farming in cold desert areas: approaches/D.P. Sharma and R. Bawa. 30. Postharvest losses of apple-how far these can be contained?/R.C. Sharma. V. The feelings of Himachal farmers: 31. The apple farmers' concerns and expectations/Lakshman Singh Thakur. 32. Apple cultivation: a boon or bane for hill women/Vidya Thakur.
From the preface: "Apple cultivation is today widely recognized in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region for the successful diversification of subsistent mountain agriculture into cash crop farming. There are niches in the entire Hindu Kush Himalayan region countries where, due to apple farming, socioeconomic conditions of marginal mountain farmers have significantly improved during the last four decades. The future sustainability of apple farming, however, has become a matter of concern due to changing climate, shifting apple production areas, the fall in productivity due to pollination failure, emerging new pest and disease problems and the challenges of trade liberalization."