This department encompasses the units like Pomology, Olericulture, Floriculture, Spices and Plantation Crops, Medicinal and Aromatic Crops, Food Science and Nutrition
The word horticulture was first conceived by Peter Laurenberg. Horticulture crops are defined as the intensively cultivated plants directly used by man for food, for medicinal purposes and for aesthetic purposes. Horticultural produces are rich source of vitamins, minerals and alkaloids and have high water content and are highly perishable in nature. Cultural operations like propagation, training, pruning, harvesting, processing etc are skill oriented and specific to horticultural crops. Presently, the horticulture sector contributes around 31 % of the GDP and 38% of the total exports of agricultural commodities around 14 % of area. India is the 2nd largest producer in the world. The importance of horticulture can be substantiated by its benefits like high export value, high per unit area yield, high returns per unit area, provision of raw materials for industries, more employment generation, production of more food energy per unit area, better use of undulating and waste lands and stabilization of women’s empowerment by providing employment opportunities.
"This institute believes in enabling farming communities to bring about significant changes in their lives by themselves."