National Horticulture Fair 2024

The Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR) is hosting a three-day National Horticulture Fair at its Hessarghatta premises on the outskirts of Bengaluru from March 5 to 7, 2024. The theme of the fair, “Nextgen technology-led horticulture for sustainable development,” highlights the integration of cutting-edge technologies in horticultural practices to promote sustainability and boost farmers’ income.

The National Horticulture Fair 2024 is being organized by ICAR-IIHR in collaboration with the Society for Promotion of Horticulture (SPH), BESST-HORT (a Technology Business Incubator ICAR-IIHR), ICAR-ATARI Bengaluru, and leading development departments serving for the cause and promotion of horticulture and allied sectors.

Showcasing Innovative Technologies

The fair will showcase the country’s most advanced and recent technologies in the horticulture sector, including:

  1. Smart irrigation systems
  2. Controlled environment management
  3. Vertical farming
  4. Resource optimization for enhanced crop yield
  5. Environment-friendly practices for sustainable horticulture
  6. Digital horticulture

These technologies aim to minimize ecological footprints and foster efficient and environmentally friendly horticultural practices for sustainable development.

IIHR’s Contributions to the Horticulture Sector

Established in 1967, ICAR-IIHR has been conducting basic, applied, and strategic research on horticultural crops. Currently, the institute is working on 58 horticultural crops, including 13 fruits, 30 vegetables, 10 flowers, and 5 medicinal crops. To date, IIHR has released 354 varieties and 156 technologies, commercializing 176 technologies to 746 clients with 1,250 licenses. The institute has organized more than 850 training sessions and 7 National Horticulture Fairs, contributing to the nation’s horticulture sector at the tune of more than Rs. 30,051 crores annually.

Hands-on Training and Workshops

The fair will feature hands-on training and workshops covering various aspects of horticulture, providing attendees with practical knowledge and skills to implement the latest technologies in their respective fields.

Honoring Farmers, Entrepreneurs, and Organizations

During the event, 25 farmers, including 5 from North Eastern States, 4 entrepreneurs, 5 Food Processing Organizations, and 5 Krishi Vigyan Kendra staff members, will be honored for their outstanding contributions to the horticulture sector.

Boosting Farmers’ Income

The ultimate goal of the National Horticulture Fair 2024 is to boost farmers’ income and ensure the production of high-quality horticultural goods. By adopting the latest technologies and sustainable practices showcased at the fair, farmers can enhance their crop yields, reduce input costs, and improve the overall quality of their produce, leading to better market opportunities and increased profitability.


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