Empowering Horticulture- Innovations for Sustainable Growth

Image of 'The Leafy Ledger' showcasing innovative horticultural technologies and practices discussed in 'Empowering Horticulture: Innovations for Sustainable Growth
Empowering Horticulture- Innovations for Sustainable Growth

The Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) is hosting a transformative three-day National Horticulture Fair at its Hessarghatta premises on the outskirts of Bengaluru from March 5 to 7, 2024. Embracing the theme, “Nextgen technology-led horticulture for sustainable development,” the event spotlights the fusion of cutting-edge technologies with horticultural practices, driving sustainability and augmenting farmers’ incomes.

Jointly organized by ICAR-IIHR, the Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH), BESST-HORT (a Technology Business Incubator ICAR-IIHR), and ICAR-ATARI Bengaluru, along with key development departments, the fair pledges a showcase of the nation's forefront horticultural technologies.

Innovative Technologies on Display

The fair serves as a platform for unveiling state-of-the-art technologies in the horticulture sector, including:

  • Smart irrigation systems
  • Controlled environment management
  • Vertical farming
  • Resource optimization for enhanced crop yield
  • Environment-friendly practices
  • Digital horticulture

These innovations aim to reduce ecological impact while enhancing efficiency and sustainability in horticultural practices.

IIHR’s Contributions to the Sector

Since its establishment in 1967, ICAR-IIHR has spearheaded fundamental, applied, and strategic research on 58 horticultural crops, spanning fruits, vegetables, flowers, and medicinal plants. With a remarkable record of 354 varieties and 156 technologies developed, the institute has commercialized 176 technologies, benefiting over 746 clients with 1,250 licenses. Through 850 training sessions and 7 National Horticulture Fairs, IIHR has catalyzed the horticulture sector, contributing over Rs. 30,051 crores annually to the nation’s economy.

Hands-on Training and Recognition

The fair offers hands-on training and workshops, equipping attendees with practical insights into implementing cutting-edge technologies. Additionally, it recognizes 25 exemplary individuals and organizations for their noteworthy contributions to the horticulture sector, including farmers, entrepreneurs, and Krishi Vigyan Kendra staff members.

Fostering Growth and Sustainability

The core objective of the National Horticulture Fair 2024 is to elevate farmers’ incomes and ensure the production of premium horticultural goods. By embracing showcased technologies and sustainable practices, farmers can augment crop yields, curtail input costs, and enhance produce quality, opening new market avenues and bolstering profitability.

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