Horticultural crops play a unique role in India’s economy
by improving the income of the rural people. Cultivation of these crops
is labour intensive and as such they generate lot of employment
opportunities for the rural population. Fruits and vegetables are also
rich source of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and carbohydrates etc.
which are essential in human nutrition. Hence, these are referred to as
protective foods and assumed great importance as nutritional security of
the people. Thus, cultivation of horticultural crops plays a vital role
in the prosperity of a nation and is directly linked with the health and
happiness of the people.
India today is earmarked by the world as one of the
fastest developing countries with the potential to become a super power.
The country has always been an agri-oriented country, with a surplus in
food grain production due to the wide adaptation of new emerging
technologies and methods in production. The economic growth and
high-income elasticity for fruits, flowers, and vegetables will result
in their greater demand. Analyzing this future need, Government has
initiated Horticulture Plantations in 2007-08 under NREGS in convergence
with State Horticulture Mission (SHM) and APMIP. For details of the
scheme CLICK Here.