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Welcome to RVS Horticulture College

Horticulture is emerging as a vibrant sector most suited for diversification in agriculture. It has an important role in ensuring livelihood and nutritional security of the rural as well as urban population including wasteland utilization, employment generation and land use planning. Nowadays, with an increase in per capita income and health consciousness, the demand for horticultural crops is bound to increase. Presently, the horticulture sector contributes around 30% of the GDP and 38% of the total exports of agricultural commodities from about 14% of area.

The branches of horticulture includes cultivation of fruits, vegetables, spices and plantation crops, flowers, ornamental crops, medicinal & aromatic crops. India is the second largest producer of fruits and vegetables after China. The production of horticultural crops has surpassed the production of agricultural commodities heralding a new era in the annals of Indian horticulture. The advancement in horticulture farming also boosts the food processing industry of the nation.

The horticultural products avail as fresh or processed form, creates growing interest to consumers, traders, government and industry. Products from horticultural industry that go to market still respiring (fresh produce) are clearly horticultural products. When juiced, sliced or pureed, fermented, frozen, preserved, canned, dried, irradiated or used in an ornamental construct (such as flowers and foliage), they remain as a horticultural product. However, when a horticultural product becomes a major ingredient of another item the categorization becomes more complex.