DEPARTMENT OF HORTICULTURE AND PLANTATION CROPS
The district has horticultural crop area of 102284 Hectares, in which Plantation crops (39%) occupies major area and followed by Fruits (28.5%), Vegetables (21%), Spices (6.5%), Flowers (2.5%) and Medicinal crops (2%).
Coconut is the major growing crop grown in 27526 ha, followed by Mango (15741 Ha), Coffee (11857 Ha), Banana (3804 Ha), Moringa (3630 Ha), Tamarind (3473 Ha) and Potato (3300 Ha) are the major Horticulture crops that are cultivated in the district. The blocks namely Natham, Sanarpatty and Kodaikanal are major fruits growing regions and Kodaikanal, Oddanchatram and Thoppampatti are major vegetable growing regions.
To increase the production, productivity and income of farmers, various schemes are being implemented through Department of Horticulture and Plantation crops. To impart hi-tech production techniques among farmers various schemes like poly house construction, shade net house, mulching, distribution of seedlings of high yielding varieties of fruit crops, vegetables and plantation crops are being done.