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Horticulture

Horticultural faculty was established in the year 2013 with farm of 160 acres.The facultyconcentrates on the production technologies of fruit crops,vegetable crops,Floriculture and landscape gardening,spices,plantation and medicinal and aromatic plants.

Mango (Bangnapalli,Imam Prasad,Alphonso,Senthuram,Mallika,ArkaAruna,Kalepad,Neelum and Bangalora) varieties are grown inUltra high density planting with a spacing of 3x2 m.Guava is exclusively grown in0.5 acres in3x1.5 m.Sapotaplants (PKM 1,PKM2,PKM 3,PKM4,PKM 5,Co1 and Co2) in spacing of 4x4 m.Aonla (8 varities) plant 4x4 m,sweet orange at 4x4 m,acid lime(PKM 1 and Vikram)@ 4x4 m,Pomergranateandcustard apple block is being maintained. Exclusive banana genome collection is being maintained with Grand Naine,Monthan,Virupatchi,Karpooravalli,Rasthali,Red banana and Poovan. Temperate fruit crops including Apple,Pear,Plum,Rambutan,Litchi and Avocado are recent introductions.

A separate crop cafeteria is being maintained for cultivation of vegetable crops including Brinjal,Bhendi,Tomato,Pumpkin,Cabbage, Cucumber,Bitter Gourd,Snake Gourd,Onion and Moringa. Grafted Brinjal is also cultivated exclusively. Kitchen garden is being maintained.

Landscape gardening is being carried out around the campus with grasses and ornamental plants. Grass varieties such as "Augustinegrass",Chain grass,Mexican Grass are being maintained as lawn. Ornamental crops including "Haemeliapatens","Tecoma"sp,"Wedalia,Arakucaria cookie,Thujaorientalis,ferns,bougainnvillea,Hibiscus rosasinensis,butterfly palm,Areca palm"and "fishtail palm"are being maintained. Flower Crops such as Tuberose,Chrysanthemum,Rose,"Jasminum"spp and Neriumalso introduced.

Medicinal plants is being maintained with crops like Aloe,Isabgol,MuyalKadhu,Zimmu,Turmeric,Vallarai,Karisalakanni,Lemon grass,Vettiver,Nannari, Lemon tulasi,Mudkathan,Coleus,Cissus (square,flat and round),Kalmegh,Datura,"Nagamalli","Chitrathai","Thudhuvalai",Long pepper,Kesavavaridhini and "Neermuli". Spices such as pepper,clove,cinnamon,coffee,saffron and nutmegare also introduced. The college has a total of 9000 coconut trees. For protected cultivation and rapid propagationpolyhousesare established.

Courses offered

Course No Course title Credit hours
FSC 101 Fundamentals of Horticulture 2+1
VSC 101 Botany of Horticultural crops 1 + 1
FSC 102 Propagation of Horticultural Crops 2 + 1
FSC 103 Production Technology of Tropical and Arid Zone Fruit Crops 2+1
VSC 102 Production Technology of Tropical Vegetable Crops 2+1
VSC 201 Production Technology of Temperate 2+1
FSC 201 Production Technology of Sub Tropical and Temperate Fruits Crops 2+1
PSM 201 Production Technology of Spices and Plantation Crops 2+1
FLG 307 Protected and Precision Horticulture 2+1
FLG 301 Production Technology of Commercial Flower crops 2+1
PSM 301 Production Technology of Medicinal and Aromatic crops 2+1
VSC 301 Practical Crop Production 0+1
FLG 302 Ornamental Gardening,Landscaping and Turf Management 2+1
PSM 401 Internship in Plantation and Hill Horticultural Crops 0+2
HOR 401 Rural Horticultural Work Experience - RHWE (60+10+10+10 days) 0+6
FSC 401 Post-Harvest Handling of Horticultural Produces