‘Indian horticulture is the fastest growing in the world'

The Indian horticulture has been recording the fastest growth in the sector in the world, according to Dr H.P. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

He was speaking at the valedictory function of the national training programme on Allele Mining at the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) here.

He said that despite all adversities such as falling farmland and scarcity of water, the country was still able to produce a major share of food crops to feed the population.

If the power of information technology and biotechnology was utilised properly, the challenges in the field could be transformed into opportunities, he added.

The training programme, sponsored by the National Agricultural Innovation Project, explored the use of genomic technologies along with genetic and bio-informatics approaches for identifying allelic variations and to dissect trait-gene associations.

Dr Ben Vosman from Wageningen UR Plant Breeding, the Netherlands, and experts from various ICAR institutes and state agricultural universities led the various sessions at the programme........Read More


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