Hyderabad gears up for horticulture trade fair

Hyderabad, Jan 21 | Updated: Jan 22 2007, 06:26am hrs
Hyderabad is hosting a five-day horticultural trade fair from January 25-29, which is 17th in the series and is claimed to be one of the largest showcase of horticultural wealth of the state.

The state leads in cultivation of citrus, papaya, oil palm, chillies and turmeric and ranks second in mango production.

Incidentally, the area under horticulture crops in the state has increased from 3.7 lakh hectare in 1982 to 15.80 lakh hectare during 2005 with an annual production of 12.84 million tonne and 1,199 million coconuts, Anil Punetha, commisioner, department of horticulture said while addressing the media.

The objective of the fair is to provide an overview of the latest technological advances and trends in the industry apart from targeting new business opportunities.

It also aims to create a platform for exchange of ideas and promote export opportunities, especially at the agri-export zones.