AP Bid To Lead In Horticultural Produce Export

Hyderabad, January 27: | Updated: Jan 28 2003, 05:30am hrs
Andhra Pradesh is positioned to become the leading supplier of fruits and vegetables and is planning to lead in the export of horticultural produce, both fresh and processed. The state is expected to be the preferred destination for private investment in the horticulture sector, according to the Vision 2020.

In lieu of this, the state horticulture department organised the 13th horticulture show at HITEX on a 100-acre site in Hyderabad. The show is on from January 26-28, 2003 inviting prospective farmers across Andhra Pradesh. The show was inaugurated by Governor of Andhra Pradesh Surjit Singh Barnala.

According to the state horticulture department sources, about 123 exclusive stalls on fruits, nurseries, exotic vegetables, flowers, spices, mushrooms, beekeeping, medicinal and aromatic plants, landscaping gardening, plantation crops, etc are some of the display stalls being showcased at the show.

The main objective is to create a platform for exchange of ideas among farmers, researchers, processors, traders and provide an overview of latest technological advances and trends in the horticulture industry.

Apart from acting as a platform, the department is keen on setting up agri-export zones in the state for horticulture produce. The state has already set up two zones in the state for mangoes and processed fruits and vegetables.

Seminars on post-harvest manangement and contract farming are being conducted at the HITEX centre for beneficiary of the farmers, according to horticulture department officials.