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Title: Horticulture Production : Issues

Horticulture Production Issues Challenges
  • Dr. Gorakh Singh
  • Horticulture Commissioner

Indian culture is visible in its agriculture
where horticulture brings a unique multicoloured
aromatic culture
  • With each passing day, value of horticulture is
    increasing by enhancing productivity,
    profitability, sustainability, nutritional
    security, employment generation, equity and
    balanced agriculture growth.

Growth in Horticulture
  • During the last decade, area increased nearly
    4.0 per annum.
  • Production grew over 7.0 per annum.
  • Higher growth rate in production mainly due to
    improvement in productivity, which increased by
    26 between 2001-02 and 2011-12.

Growth in Horticulture
  • Area under horticulture crops has increased from
    16.6 million ha in 2001-02 to 23.24 million ha in
    2011-12 with corresponding increase in production
    from 145.8 million tonnes to 257.28 million
  • During 2012-13, area production of horticulture
    crops is estimated at 23.65 million ha 265
    million tonnes, respectively.

Prospects in horticulture
  • Growth achieved in horticulture sector so far
    needs to be sustained
  • Increase in demand of horticulture products due
    to growing population, increase in household
    income and growing sensitivity towards
    nutritional security.
  • Enhance returns per unit of area.
  • Harness existing potential for horticulture
  • To achieve this, there is need to address
    critical issues challenges.

Major Production Related Issues
  • Inadequate availability of planting material.
  • High prevalence of senile orchards.
  • Rainfed horticulture.
  • Lower productivity.
  • Insufficient trained manpower.

Major Challenges
  • Production of high yielding, disease free
    planting material of identified varieties.
  • Commercialization of high density planting system
    in potential fruit crops.

Major Challenges
  • Rejuvenation and canopy management.
  • Skill development on improved production systems

Major Challenges
  • Creation of water harvesting structures linking
    with water saving technologies suitable for
    horticulture crops in rainfed/ dryland areas.

Major Challenges
  • Commercialization of Greenhouse technologies for
    production of high value crops.
  • Promotion of mechanization to bring efficiency in
    production systems.

Way Forward
  • Focused areas for XII Plan
  • Special emphasis on establishment of mother
    blocks/ rootstock blocks with hi-tech nurseries
    tissue culture units.
  • Accreditation of nurseries.
  • Area expansion linked to availability of quality
    planting material.
  • Covering more areas under F1 vegetable hybrids.
  • Cultivation of vegetables for round the year
  • Establishment of crop based centre of excellence.

Way Forward
  • Focused areas for XII Plan
  • Promotion of high density/ ultra high density
    planting systems in potential crops.
  • Tree canopy management right from establishment
  • Integrated approach on micro irrigation
  • Rejuvenation of old, senile unproductive
  • Protected cultivation of high value crops.
  • Promotion of mechanization in horticulture.
  • Capacity building through training
    demonstration of improved technologies.

Issues with states
  • Accreditation of nurseries-All nurseries need to
    be accredited to ensure production supply of
    quality planting material. So far only 570
    nurseries have been accredited through NHB.
  • Import of planting material of improved varieties
    and rootstocks-States need to identify variety/
    rootstocks and its requirement for establishment
    of progeny blocks.
  • More attention is required for procurement of
    planting material of standard qualities instead
    of tendering system.
  • Protocols and standards of vegetatively
    propagated fruit plants (Already circulated) -
    More awareness is required on quality parameters
    of vegetatively propagated fruit crops.
  • Concerted efforts are essential in ensuring
    timely availability of seeds.

Issues with ICAR
  • Production of nucleus seeds and planting material
    of improved varieties of horticulture crops.
  • Develop varieties/ rootstocks which are tolerant
    to drought, frost, pest diseases.
  • Assess water/ nutrient requirement of different
    plant densities for varied agro climatic zones.
  • Develop models for tree canopy architecture for
    important fruit crops.
  • Develop efficient system to identify and monitor
    pests diseases of important crops.
  • Develop technologies suitable for rainfed
  • Develop RD website highlighting proven

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