Horticulture is one third of India’s agriculture sector, says economic survey

  • Percentage share of horticulture output in agriculture is more than 33 per cent
  • Over the last decade, the area under horticulture grew by about 2.7 percent per annum and annual production increased by 7 percent
  • Production of horticulture crops have outpaced the production of food grain since 2012-13

India has witnessed an exponential growth in its horticulture output and is now one third of the country’s total agriculture production, the government said, adding that production of horticulture crops had outpaced food grain production in the past four years.

It said in its annual Economic Survey that the percentage share of horticulture output in agriculture is more than 33 per cent..

“Significant progress has been made in area expansion resulting in higher production. Over the last decade, the area under horticulture grew by about 2.7 percent per annum and annual production increased by 7 percent,” the survey said.

It said that during 2013-14, the production of horticulture crops was about 283.5 million tones from an area of 24.2 million hectares. Out of the six categories e.g., fruits, vegetables, flowers, aromatic plants, spices and plantation crops, the highest annual growth of 9.5 per cent is seen in fruit production during 2013-14.

India witnessed sharper increase in acreage in horticulture crops compared to food grains over the last five years (from 2010-11 to 2014-15). The area under horticulture crops increased around 18 per cent compared to an expansion of area under food grains by 5 per cent during the stipulated period. The production of horticulture crops have outpaced the production of food grain since 2012-13, the survey said.

 

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