Insurance facility will also be available for horticulture crops.
ICAR-CISH, Lucknow organized a webinar on ‘Protected cultivation of horticultural crops for food and nutritional security’ on 16th October, 2021 on the occasion of World Food Day. On the occasion, Chief Guest Padmashree Dr. Brahma Singh said that protected cultivation of high value horticultural crops has attracted considerable attention to address some of the major issues facing the Indian horticulture industry. Revolutionary in horticulture production by increasing productivity and producing quality produce in this innovation driven sector, extending the harvest season, conserving natural resources, bringing marginally productive land under cultivation and creating employment opportunities for women, youth and landless labourers. There is immense potential for change.
Suraksha will change with protected farming
The average yield of crops such as tomatoes and capsicum under protected cultivation is often 10 times higher than under field cultivation. Giving specific examples, he said that protected farming has revolutionized horticulture production in environmentally harsh areas like Ladakh. Given these benefits, private entrepreneurs are increasingly investing in protected horticulture. Seeing the continuous improvement in technology, protected farming is gradually paving the way for automation of Indian horticulture industry, which has huge potential to attract educated and innovative youth to the world of horticulture.
He encouraged the participants in this area including climate-controlled hi-tech horticulture, bio-film (biodegradable) mulching, affordable hydroponics production techniques, aeroponics, aquaponics for fish farming, micro greens, floating farming, vertical farming and kitchen About emerging opportunities. Protected farming is the best way to produce as little as possible while protecting horticultural crops from the effects of climate change, and thus can contribute immensely to the sustainable intensification of horticultural production.
More production possible with less cost through protected farming
As we gradually move towards automated protected farming technologies, this knowledge-intensive branch of horticulture will surely bring much needed glory to the profession and it is possible to make farming a joyful and rewarding activity. There is a need to call upon policy makers to set up a National Institute on Protected Farming and to develop more specialists by making protected farming a part of the curriculum in universities.
Dr. Shailendra Rajan, Director, ICAR-CISH, Lucknow said that through protected farming, it is possible to produce more with less cost and production can also be done successfully throughout the year. Irrigation water and other resources can be fully utilized by making protected farming environment-friendly because it requires only 10 to 20% of the required water as compared to normal farming. Protected horticulture is the future of horticulture and probably in the times to come, growers will need to be proficient in technology. High quality production of horticultural crops in a small space will be possible due to technology.
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