New Delhi, 18 November, 2010
‘Horticulture can solve the malnutrition, under nutrition and hidden hunger problems of India. There is an urgent need to create awareness among farmers for horticultural technologies and new varieties of fruits, vegetables etc. Communication technology can play an important role in this direction’, said noted agricultural scientist, policy planner and thinker Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). He was inaugurating four-day 4th Indian Horticulture Congress-2010 jointly organized by the Horticultural Society of India and National Skills Foundation of India at National Physical Laboratory, Pusa.
In the Inaugural address on the theme of the Congress, ‘Horticulture, Horti-Business and Economic Prosperity’, he urged for good pricing, policy and marketing strategies to boost horticulture in the country. He suggested that ‘Shiksha Food Park’ can be set up for promoting affordable horticulture products at local level. While describing the challenges posed by the climate change, Prof. Swaminathan emphasized the need for Ex-Situ and In-Situ bio diversity conservation.
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) elaborated the important role of horticulture in Indian GDP in his address. ‘Horticulture in India has a huge potential. Farm mechanization, quality seeds and planting material are the areas where more can be done. Profit, Prestige and Partnership are three Ps which should be addressed through coordinated efforts’, he added.
Sri Anup Kumar Thakur, Additional Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation read out the message of Sri P.K.Basu, Secretary, DAC. Dr. K.L. Chadha, President, Horticulture Society of India outlined the developments of horticulture in India.
(Source: NAIP Sub-Project of Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA)