State to boost horticulture research with Centre's help

Speaking at the inauguration of a national conference on horticulture biodiversity of livelihood, economic development and healthcare he said as a step towards enhancing horticulture in the State it has started post graduation, research and extension courses in Bangalore under the aegis of University of Horticulture Sciences (UHS), Bagalkot.

He said UHS would be signing an MoU with Texas State University of Agriculture Sciences to set up an institute for high-level research on creating nutritious local fruits and vegetables to improve children’s health.

UHS vice-chancellor Dr S B Dandin said the exhibition showcases biodiversity of horticulture crops in the country in general and Karnataka in particular. “In Karnataka out of 14 per cent of land, 34 per cent of GDP comes from Horticulture. Similarly, out of 13 per cent of land in India, Horticulture contributes 44 per cent of GDP,” he said. He also mentioned that horticulture was also the best solution for farmers facing crisis due to market and climate uncertainty. “We need to teach farmers to perform integrated farming system, where they grow variety of crops,” he said.

The four-day conference and exhibition are organised by UHS along with Lt. Amit Singh Memorial Foundation, New Delhi. Nearly, 800 farmers are participating in the exhibition from across the country and have put up 180 stalls, which include mangoes, litchee, flowers and vegetables.

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