Horticulture sector is being considered as a driver of economic growth and is gradually turning into an organised industry linked to seed trading, value addition and exports, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Wednesday.
Inaugurating virtually a four-day National Horticulture Fair being held in Bengaluru, Tomar said horticulture plays an important role in doubling the income of farmers and providing essential nutritional security.
"Rapid increase in production and availability of horticulture crops will help in bridging the gap between nutritional security of the country," Tomar said.
According to an official statement, he said the country's horticulture production has increased 13 times from 25 million tonnes in 1950-51 to 331 million tonnes during 2020-21, which is more than foodgrain production.
"The sector is being considered as a driver of economic growth and is gradually turning into an organised industry linked to seed trading, value addition and exports," he said.
In the 2023-24 Budget, the minister said Rs 2,200 crore has been allocated for the development of the horticulture sector, especially for the Atmanirbhar Clean Plant Programme.
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