Tuesday 14th Jul 2020

Director's Desk

Dear Readers,

Tamil Nadu is traditionally rich in Horticulture and blessed with diverse agro-climates with distinct seasons, making it possible to grow wide array of crops. The increasing population, urbanization and the rising incomes have given great impetus to the cultivation of Horticulture crops which form an important source of valuable nutrients. The concept of Horticulture is shifting from maximising yield to maximising value. Horticulture crops play a vital role due to their short duration, high yield, nutritional richness, economic viability and ability to generate on-farm and off-farm employment.

It’s our endeavour to make Tamil Nadu a Horticulture hub of India and focused attention is being given to Horticulture. On account of this, production and productivity has increased and Tamil Nadu is emerging as a leading player in the country.

At National level, Tamil Nadu accounts for 4.8% of area under fruits and 2.5% of the area under vegetables. In terms of production, it contributes, 6.5% of production in fruits, 3.6% in vegetables and 19% in loose flowers.

In Tamil Nadu, Horticulture accounts to 13.89 Lakh Ha, which includes a wide range of crops namely, Fruits, Vegetables, Spices &Condiments, Plantation Crops, Flowers and Medicinal & Aromatic plants.

The Department of Horticulture &Plantation Crops functions with the objective of increasing the income of the farmers and to enhance nutritional security to the public. The Department is also spearheading in water conservation methods and introducing new innovative strategies for enhancing production and productivity.

Tamil Nadu is a leading state in Micro Irrigation. Micro Irrigation is a proven method of irrigation by increasing the yield of crops even at reduced water application. During the year 2018-19, an area of 1.57 Lakh Ha was brought under Micro Irrigation with a financial expenditure of Rs700.69 Crores which is the highest performance so far.

The Department has come up with various strategies to develop Horticulture such as, short term skill training, apprenticeship engagement, formation of Farmer Producer Organisations, involving Farmer Interest Group/Farmer Producer Group/ Farmer Producer Organisations in Micro Irrigation, Collective Farming, Urban Horticulture, Horticulture Clubs and Homestead Gardens.

As Horticulture crops can be grown even in minimal area and also in small farms, farmers can boost their earnings and change their fortunes by growing assortment of Horticulture crops.

We look forward to bring many farmers and youth into Horticulture sector. We are hopeful to see a complete transformation in the lives of public in general and farmers in particular through the development of Horticulture.

Best Wishes,
Dr.N.Subbaiyan, I.A.S