Healthy vegetable greetings to all!
Vegetables play a major role in Indian agriculture by providing food, nutritional and economic security and more importantly, producing higher returns per unit area and time. In addition, vegetables have higher productivity, shorter maturity cycle, high value and provide greater income leading to improved livelihoods. With a production of less than 20 million tonnes before independence, vegetable production has increased manifold to 162.2 million tonnes in 2012-13. The area under vegetable cultivation has increased from 6092 thousand ha in 2002-03 to 9205 thousand ha in 2012-13. Our demand of vegetables will be 225 million tonnes by 2020 and 350 million tonnes by 2030. The major challenge, which lies ahead, is to develop technologies that enhance quality and productivity of vegetables under reducing land, declining natural resources and increasing biotic and abiotic stresses.
Indian Institute of Vegetable Research (IIVR) is committed to achieve these goals by focusing its research priorities on :
· Conservation of genetic resources, DNA fingerprinting and crop improvement
· Increasing productivity of vegetables through
o Quality seed production and supply
o Better input management for productivity enhancement technologies/systems
o Bio-risk management
· New market oriented technologies for secondary agriculture and value addition
· Effective transfer of technologies to the target groups
I strongly believe that we will strive to achieve these targets through dedicated efforts of IIVR Team and co-operation and support of the stakeholders.
With best regards,