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India has identified 10 globally popular exotic fruit crops of commercial importance and 10 important indigenous fruit crops with high nutritional and nutraceutical properties to promote in the country

India has identified 10 globally popular exotic fruit crops of commercial importance and 10 important indigenous fruit crops with high nutritional and nutraceutical properties to promote in the country, an official statement said on Friday.

"The state Horticulture Departments have also been given targets for the year 2021-22 regarding area expansion for these crops. During the current year, 8,951 hectares of area for exotic fruits and 7,154 hectares of area for indigenous fruits will be brought under cultivation, " the Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Ministry statement said.

This was announced by Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in his address at a national conference on "International Year of Fruits and Vegetables" organised by the Ministry in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The theme for this year is "Awareness about the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables for balanced and healthy diet and lifestyle."

The Minister also released operational guidelines for the Horticulture Cluster Development Programme and QR code of the guidelines, the release added.

Tomar also said: "India is the second-largest producer of horticulture, producing about 12 per cent of the global fruit and vegetable production. During the year 2019-20, we recorded the highest ever production of 320.77 million metric tonnes in horticulture, while the horticulture production for 2020-21 is estimated to be 329.86 million metric tonnes, which is also higher than the previous year."

He expressed hope that India can achieve the goal of bringing fruits and vegetables to the plate of the poorest of the poor, not as a special food but as a daily necessity.

Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said that horticulture has become the growth engine of Indian agriculture and that no one should be deprived of nutritional fulfilment. (IANS/JB)



Keywords: Agriculture, Farmers, Fruits, Vegetables, Horticulture, Union Agriculture & Farmers Welfare.


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The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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