The Institute envisions capacity building in technology driven horticulture to meet the increasing demands of the fast developing horticulture industry of the country
Horticulture today, forms an integral part of food, nutritional and economic security. Adoption of horticulture, both by small and marginal farmers, has brought prosperity in many regions of the country as India is endowed with a wide variety of agro climatic conditions and enjoys an enviable position in the horticultural map of the world. Almost all types of horticultural crops can be grown in one region or the other. During 2014-15 area under various horticultural crops in the country was 7276 (Fruits), 9396 (vegetables), 255 (Flowers) thousand hectares. We are the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables with a production of 88977 thousand MT fruits and 16897 thousand MT vegetables annually.
Various technologies like high density planting, use of high yielding varieties and hybrids, improved propagation and micro propagation techniques, drip irrigation and fertigation technology, application of good agricultural practices, protected horticulture, integrated pest and weed management and post-harvest management are being used to boost up horticultural production.
With shrinking land and scare natural resources the path ahead for Indian horticulture should be to diversify in to hi-tech horticulture to improve the productivity and quality.
Protected cultivation of horticultural crops offers the best choice for diversification in agriculture production for a number of reasons. Production of crops under protected conditions has great potential in augmenting production and quality of vegetables, flowers and some fruit crops in main and off season and maximizing water and nutrient use efficiency under varied agro climatic conditions and peri urban areas in near future.
We need to train our human resources to cater to the requirements of this developing industry. This vital link of providing trained manpower to the emerging industry requirements of horticulture sector has prompted us to launch an Institute of Horticulture Technology. It is characterized by State of the Art facilities coupled with experienced, and professional faculty to ensure a steady supply of well-trained manpower that are fine tuned to the requirements of the horticulture industry.
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture has recognized and empaneled IHT as resource Institution for Hi Tech Horticulture trainings.
Till date we have provided Hands on trainings to thousands of farmers both at main campus, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi and at site in different states at state/district/block level.
Various states those deputed farmers, extension officials and students included Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jharkhand, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Odisha. Trainees from abroad were mainly from Southeast Asian countries mainly Bahrain, Bangladesh and Afghanistan etc.
I hope the agricultural graduates, horticultural officers and farmers desirous of having hands on experience in modern technology of horticulture including precision/protective cultivation will continue to take advantage of various trainings and courses and participate in the scientific growth of horticulture industry in India.
Padmashree Dr. K. L. Chadha