Dr. Maheswarappa H. P.
M.Sc.(Agri), Ph.D., ARS
Director of Research
University of Horticultural Sciences,,
Telephone No: 08354-230177
Horticulture has emerged as growth engine of the Indian as well as world economy. It contributes 38 per cent of the agricultural GDP and supports nearly 20 per cent of the agricultural labour force with less than 14 per cent of the total cropped area in India. At present, horticulture has moved from rural confines to commercial venture. India has witnessed phenomenal increase in horticultural production during the last few years. The area under horticultural crops grew by 2.6 per cent per annum and annual production increased by 4.8 per cent in the last decade. The production of horticultural crops was at a high record of 320.48 MT with 25.66 Million hectares area during the year 2019-20. Fruits and vegetables account for nearly 90 per cent of total horticultural production. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables with significant recognition in global market. The development achieved in the horticulture sector indicates the fact that there is a growing demand for horticulture crops. Karnataka occupies a prominent place in the Horticulture map of the country and is the largest producer of coffee, chilli, onion, fruits and vegetables among all other states in India. Flowers, spices and plantation crops have emerged as the new avenues for export and foreign exchange earnings. The State is preparing strategies to ensure more flexibility and advancement in cultivating various fruits, vegetables and other horticultural crops which is adding value to Karnataka's economy to a great extent.
Karnataka is a leader in the production of several horticultural crops having the due positions viz, 1st in area and 2nd in production of plantation crops, 6th in area and 5th in production of loose flowers and 2nd in production of cut flowers, 5th in area and 5th in production of fruits, 5th in area and 6th in production of spices,10th in area and 9th in production of vegetables, 11th in area and 5th in production of medicinal and aromatic crops and 10th in production of honey and over all stood 3rd in area with 2000.07 thousand hectares and 8th in production with 18,479.94 thousand MT in the country as per data of the Department of Agriculture, Co-operation and Farmers Welfare for the year 2019-20. The State has a treasure in the form of many unexploited and under exploited horticultural crops like minor fruits, medicinal and aromatic crops. Hence, the State richly and aptly deserves the establishment of Horticultural University to provide impetus for increased and sustained productivity and assured quality and ultimately commercialisation of horticulture.
The Directorate of Research is functioning directly under the Vice Chancellor, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkote. Research is one of the principal mandates of the University and the focus is on varied aspects of crop improvement, crop production, crop protection, postharvest and other issues. To cater to the location specific research needs of farming community and associated stakeholders of Karnataka is addressed by Directorate of Research through one Main Horticulture Research & Extension Centre (MHREC), two Regional Horticulture Research & Extension Centres (RHRECs) - Bengaluru and Dharwad and 8 Horticulture Research & Extension Centres (HRECs) and 10 AICRP Centres in 24 districts of Karnataka representing all the agro-climatic conditions. It is covering North Eastern Transition (1), North Eastern Dry Zone (2), Northern Dry Zone (3), Central Dry Zone (4), Eastern Dry Zone (5), Southern Dry Zone (6), Northern Transition Zone (8), Hilly Zone (9) of the state. University is having jurisdiction over 24 districts of the state and provides solutions for specific problems impeding productivity and quality of horticulture crops. University undertakes research activities through several projects funded from Government of Karnataka, ICAR, RKVY, NHM, NBB, NHB, DBT, DST and other donors.
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