Inaugurating the "International Symposium on Horticulture: Priorities & Emerging Trends" on September 4, 2017, during the celebration of Golden Jubilee of Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru, His Excellency Shri Vajubhai Rudabahi Valaji, Hon'ble Governor of Karnataka called upon scientists to help farmers in doubling their production. This symposium is jointly organized by IIHR, ICAR, Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH) and International Society for Horticultural Sciences, Belgium.
Chief GuestShri Ananth Kumar, Hon'ble Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Govt. of India heartily appreciated the achievements of the Institute in supporting the horticulturists through developing and disseminating farmer-friendly technologies. He urged the scientists to help the farmers not only to produce more but also to produce quality and marketable produce. He exhibited his kind gesture by stating that he will be the ambassador of the Institute and extend his full support to fulfill old demands, including the "Deemed–to–be-University" status of the Institute.
Dr M R Dinesh, Director, ICAR-IIHR spoke about special programs organized by ICAR-IIHR for addressing issues of horticulture and farmers’ problems in cultivation of horticultural crops. He stated that vital contribution made by retired scientists and about start-ups that Institute has promoted in recent times.
Appreciating the Institute’s efforts in promoting advanced technologies in horticulture, Dr A K Singh, DDG (Horticultural Sciences), ICAR, New Delhi mentioned that horticultural production has touched 300 million tonnes from an area of 25 million ha. He assured that the institute will strive to double the income of farmers by 2022. Various publications in digital form and jack fruit were released by dignitaries.