Farmers growing various cash crops like fruits, vegetables, flowers, or herbs earn more than those growing other commodities. Hence, Horticulture can be a motor for driving agricultural and economic diversification in the future. From improving livelihoods by increasing farmer profits to diversifying nutrient-rich diets, horticulture s grabbed attention since ancient times.
Now, Horticulture is not just about the study of fruits, flowers, or vegetables. Still, it includes various other biological terms such as organic farming, Bio-Fertilizers, Green Manure, Composting, and the list goes on. But, how many of them are you familiar with? The answer would be very few. Hence, this book on Horticulture can be a great companion in unveiling these other names. It elaborates the titles and helps you understand the detailed description from soil conditions to fertilizers used for growing a particular plant. The history and evolution of horticulture are intimately connected to the history and development of agriculture. The practices of pre-modern horticulture were strongly connected to myth, superstition, folklore, and religion.
This book is an effort to sharpen students in horticulture and serve as a guiding force for the students to choose a career in horticulture or pursue higher studies in this area. It can be beneficial for providing entry-level job skills to the students while meeting the human resource requirement for the horticulture sector. Unfavorable environmental conditions can produce stress on plants resulting in lower yields. Most of the common environmental factors for horticulture crops are explained in detail in this book. Major topics covered in this book are an introduction to horticulture, factors affecting plant growth, Biotechnology, Organic Farming, Composting, NOP Plans, Green Manure, etc., to deliver healthier crops and a better lifestyle to humanity!