Mohapatra said that horticultural produces are the hope for addressing the malnutrition problem in the country. He highlighted the governments agricultural policies aimed at doubling the farmers’ income.
He stressed on creating awareness about the nutrition and vertical gardening for nutritional security and on the need for horticulture-based integrated farming systems.
Mohapatra also felicitated eight farmers for their contributions in the field of horticulture and popularising the varieties / technologies of the ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR). He also launched a web application – “ICAR-IIHR Seed Portal” capable in capturing information on seed handling AND seed process flow, seed quality testing, seed packaging and storage in the back-end of application and online sale of seeds and planting material produced by the institute.
He also released a tri-lingual mobile app “Arka Bagwani” in English, Hindi and Kannada. The app provides information on varieties and technologies, success stories, availability of seeds and planting material, glimpses of earlier horticulture fairs, exhibitions, training and symposia conducted by the institute.
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