Union Agriculture and farmers Welfare Minister, Radha Mohan Singh laid the Foundation stone of Haryana State University of Horticultural Sciences at Karnal, Haryana.
A full fledged horticultural university will cater the needs to support the gap between teaching, research and extension activities in the state and disseminate latest technology and horticulture education to the youths of the state.
Significance of the University
This university is expected to help in improving productivity levels and to adopt appropriate crop diversification that suits the agro climatic conditions of the region.
It will also act as a skill development centre in order to cater the larger demand for skilled manpower in the production, post-harvest and processing industries.
Horticulture in Haryana :
Haryana holds tremendous potential on account of its fertile lands, favorable climate and water resources. Farmers in Haryana have also started taking up horticulture crops as a separate viable economic activity.
Haryana has increased area under horticultural crops from 2.0 lakh hectare in the year 2002-03 to 4.5 lakh hectare during 2013-14 and production has also increased from 2.51 million tonnes to 6.30 millin tonnes during same period.