Seventh Indian Horticulture Congress held in Delhi: Prof Swaminathan
Chennai, November 15, 2016: Addressing the 7th Indian Horticulture Congress at New Delhi today Prof M S Swaminathan suggested the following priorities for moving from food security to nutrition security through horticulture.
The research on biofortificiation and the popularization of naturally biofortified plants like moringa, amla, tamarind and a wide range of fruits and vegetables should be identified and multiplied.
Genetic gardens of biofortified plants should be established both for education and conservation.
Inorder to ensure that vegetables like tomato, onion, potato, etc are available in urban areas throughout the year at a reasonable cost, a peri-urban horticulture mission should be established.
This will help to achieve price stability and at the same time provide additional income to the cultivators.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.