In contemporary times, the horticulture sector is recognized as an important sector for potential diversification and value addition in agriculture.
The first advance estimate for the year, reveals the total production to be at 305.4 million tonnes, which is nearly 5 million tonnes more than the production in 2016-17. India is all set to see a new record of horticulture viz. fruits, vegetables, spices and plantation crops production in 2017-18.
The second advance estimate of horticulture production noted that even the area under the horticulture crops had recorded an increase: from 245 lakh hectares in 2015-16 to 249 lakh hectares in
2016-17. Further growth is now envisioned.
Higher production is mainly attributed to increase in productivity as sown area under the horticulture crops has increased over the years.
‘Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens of earth. They are the most vigorous, the most independent and the most virtuous. An artist cannot speak about his art any more than a plant can discuss horticulture. The horticulture sector includes a smorgasbord of crops viz. fruits, vegetables, spices, plantation crops, flowers, medicinal and aromatic plants, cashew and much more.
Growing horticulture crops pose to be an ideal option to improve livelihood security, enhance employment generation, and attain income and food security, and increase income through value addition.
- India is likely to record the highest ever production of horticulture produce, including fruits and vegetables, very soon.
- The estimate shows that the current year will be the fifth straight year when horticulture production in the country will outstrip the production of food-grains.
- The final production figures for the year 2016-17 show that the overall horticulture production in the country outstripped the food grain production fifth year in a row, beginning the rising trend since 2012-13.