Promoting Horticulture Sector in India: Challenges and Opportunities
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The present volum e was contem plated by the editor considering the crucial im portance of horticulture sector for economic growth and developm ent in India. In order to promote this sector the M inistry of Food Processing has been set up at Central and State Government levels. The National Horticulture Mission is working since 2005-06 for the holistic development of the horticulture sector in India. There is no dearth of effort on the part of the government to promote this sector. The sign of progress is already visible in the sector in term s o f exp an sion of area under cu ltiv ation , improvement in production, productivity, processing and exports of the products of this sector. However, still more efforts and initiatives are needed to give a fillip to this sector so that it can take its rightful place in providing income security to the farmers and sufficient nutrition supplem ent to the consum ers. The papers included in this volume have dealt with the various aspects of cultivation, production, productivity, processing and export of horticultural crops in India. The m easures suggested by the scholars m ight go a long way in furthering the progress of this sector. It is hoped that the volume w ill be proved useful to the planners, policy m akers, adm inistrators, the academ ia and scholars concerned with the development of the horticulture sector in India. It is also expected that the present volume would stimulate further study on the issues dealt with in the papers included. It may be noted that while the opinions expressed in the papers
are th o se of the a u th o rs, I am so lely re s p o n sib le for the shortcom ings, if any, in the editorial work. In editing this book I have received co-operation from many individuals. First and foremost, I am extrem ely grateful to the contributors who responded spontaneously on receipt of the call for paper for the book. I express my sincere gratitude to M s Abhijeet Publications to bring out this volum e in a very short period of time after the subm ission of the m anuscript. Finally, I am also indebted to my family members for ungrudgingly bearing with me while I devoted a good amount of tim e in editing and correspondence w ork related to the book. K. K. Bagchi Departm ent of Economics University of North Bengal Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal.
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