Elements of Horticulture
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PREFACE Horticulture provides best course of diversification in land use and opens avenues for improving productivity of land, generating employment opportunities, improving economic conditions of farmers and entrepreneurs, increasing exports and nutritional security to the people. Today we contribute 10 and 14 of the total world s fruits and vegetables production. Our horticultural produce and value added products have their own significance in the world market. Still, there are competitions and challenges we have to face globally in the post-WTO scenario. We have to emphasize upon 3 Ps-production, post-harvest management and processing-the keys ofSuccessful cultivation of horticultural crops. Setting up of Agri Export Zones will increase production of all the exportoriented crops in the coming years. Spices are low-volume and high value commercial crop, playing an important role in agricultural economy of the country. Organically produced horticultural produce is getting momentum day-by-day in the world, fetching premium price to growers. A paradigm shift is required in the mindset of the orchardists that their produce meant for the export, ensure quality, quantity and reliability to meet the international standards. Selection of crops and their varieties and hybrids requires a judicious survey of the area in which they are to be grown. Identification of suitable agro-ecological region can increase production of horticultural crops. For instance, microclimatic requirement of fruit crops is to be ascertained to get best quality fruits. Adoption of high-tech horticulture like microirrigation, micropropagation, high-density planting, application of biofertilizers, biopesticides, use of geneti cally-modified varieties etc. are the demands of the day. All horticultural crops bring money to the growers, making them self sufficient in their day-to-day life. Since these all crops bring money gold to the farmers, we call it golden revolution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR D.K.SINGH Dr. D.K. Singh, is a recipient of award from Chief Minister of Rajasthan for best popular article and best worker award from Art, Culture and Tourism Minister of Rajasthan in the year 2002 and 2003 respectively. He also got the award from the state forest department of Rajasthan for production and protection of plants through scientific techniques and book prize award from the C.S.A. University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur U.P. , where he did Bsc. Ag. and AH and MSc. Ag. Horticulture in 1998 and 1992 respectively. He obtained his doctorate degree from the G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttranchal in 1996 under the guidance of eminent horticulturist Dr. Sant Ram. He was awarded senior research fellowship from I.C.A.R., New Delhi during Ph.D. Programme. Dr Singh started his carrier in 1995 as Assistant Agriculture Research Officer Horticulture at Government Agriculture Research Station, Hanumangarh Town, Rajasthan. Presently he is Assistant Professor, Horticulture at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Anta, Baran under, M.P. University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur. The author has published more than 125 research papers and popular articles in various journals and magazines on various aspects of