Horticulture is our future: VC Dr B Neeraja Prabhakar


Rama Krishna Sangem

Shri Konda Laxman Telangana State Movement University Vice Chancellor Dr B Neeraja Prabhakar said that the cultivation will be profitable only if the farmers cultivating horticultural crops adapt to the business trend and learn to be aware of it. She spoke as the chief guest at a one-day national training program on business opportunities in horticulture for rural youth at the Horticulture College in Mojerla, Vanaparthi district.


She said in this program organized by Telangana Government- Telangana State Council of Science and Technology and Government Department of Science and Technology, Horticulture College in Moseralu… If the horticultural farmers are cooperative and can establish the market demand crops and related products as an industry, they will get good profits in the future.

She said that there are opportunities for the rural youth to set up an industry if they become skilled in organic vegetables, fruits, indigenous varieties of seed production, post-harvest value addition of horticultural crops, cultivation of high value horticultural crops in greenhouses, beekeeping, vermicomposting and soil testing, according to a press release from the varsity.


People leaning to fruits and vegetables


It is mentioned that the background of consumers leaning towards garden fruits and vegetables to maintain health is favorable for this. The rural system will also improve if the farmers are able to sell their products in this market through Drot technology, soil based sensor technology. He said on the occasion that the objective of imparting skilful horticultural education would be teaching of curriculum and practicals in the varsity.

The Vice Chancellor said on the occasion that students should favour the establishment of horticulture based seedling industries.


Tissue culture Tissue culture production of banana plants and production of quality seeds in domestic vegetables can also be undertaken at the farmer level and the farmer can grow as an entrepreneur, said Dr. Pidigam Saidaiah, associate professor of Mojerla Horticulture College, coordinator of the program.


He said that Telangana state has the most suitable environment and soil for the growth of horticultural crops, and there are working days throughout the year and export opportunities for horticultural products with income. Urban Kisan CEO Dr. P. Sairam Reddy said. Indraprastha University Professor Dr. Suhail Khan said that Telangana state has a good environment for validation of banana plants produced by tissue culture and many are coming forward.


Vice President of the organization Dr. Venumargam said that the Calgudi organization is leading in connecting the farmers with the markets. The District Horticulture and Silk Industries Officer K. Suresh said. He said that the importance of medicinal aromatic plants in Indian medicine is very important and vegetables play a major role in maintaining the health of people.


Dr. Adapa Kiran Kumar, Dean of Varsity, spoke on the methods of production of various nursery plants. More than 80 enthusiastic young farmers from different districts of the state, horticulture students, research students, scientists, professors, horticulture officials, B.Tech students, horticulture experts, biotechnology scientists and CEOs of successful private companies participated as key speakers in this national training program.


Also training the candidates with experts on production of infectious vegetable plants, protected vegetable cultivation, manufacturing of value added horticultural products, vermicompost, manufacturing of living fertilizers, soil, water testing along with water testing as well as start-ups in horticulture, medicinal and aromatic plant based business, digital marketing opportunities. Program Coordinator Dr. Pidigam Saidaiah said.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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