8th Indian Horticulture Congress 2018

The importance of horticulture is being realized by one and all, be it a small farmer, the corporate sector or policy makers. There is now a large R&D network in the country with establishment of several institutions and launching of a number of developmental programmes. Horticulture in fact has come out of village confines to diverse agro climatic areas. Horticulture crop production surpassed food crop production in India for the first time during 2013-14. The trend continued during 2017 -18 with 305.40 MT. Despite significant increase in production of horticultural crops, low productivity and profitability in several crops is still a hurdle and is required to be attended in order to meet future challenges and avail global opportunities in the country. The role of innovative horticulture technologies is thus required to be continuously updated and given to all the stakeholders leading to safe, remunerative and sustainable production.

The 5 days Indian Horticulture Congress 2018  at Raipur, Chhattisgarh shall be from 29th October to 2nd November 2018 at Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya (IGKV) organized by The Horticulture Society of India and IGKV with the objectives to  take stock of the researchable issues in different horticultural crops, e.g. Fruits, Vegetables & Tuber Crops, Floriculture, M&A Plants, Spices, Plantation Crops, Bamboo and Mushroom. To discuss potential of new generation tools and techniques in crop improvement. To share innovative technologies in alternative production systems of horticultural crops.  To analyze future challenge and chalk out strategies to mitigate them to keep horticulture sector remunerative.

The themes have been identified for the 8th Indian Horticulture Congress-2018: Quality Planting Material: Innovation in Production of Elite Quality Planting Material/Seed, Diagnostics, Plug Plant Production and Vegetable Grafting.

Breeding Approaches: Genetic Resources for Trait-specific Breeding, Pre-Breeding for Abiotic and Biotic Stresses, Next Generation Breeding Approaches for Trait-specific Improvement (Nutrition, Quality, Pest Resistance Processing and Export), Breeding of Rootstocks, Harnessing Underutilized Crops, Use of Molecular Markers, QTL Mapping, Genome Editing, Application of Omics, Transgenes, Cisgenics, Genotyping Chips, NGS and Bio-Informatics. o Innovative Production Systems: Urban and Periurban Horticulture, Protected Cultivation, Hydroponics, Aeroponics, Vertical Farming, Farming Systems in Horticulture. o Input Management for Improving Productivity and Quality: Canopy architecture, HOP, Juvenility, New Generation In organic! Organic Fertilizers, Bio-Fertilizers, Fertigation, Organic Horticulture, Conservation Horticulture, Emerging Nutrient and Water Efficient Technologies, Deficit Irrigation, new nutrient and growth regulator sources.

Managing Pests & Diseases: Emerging Pest Problems, Modern Approaches for Diagnostics in Disease Protection, Disease & Pest Dynamics under Climate Change, New Molecules and Botanicals, Bio-Control for Enhancing Productivity and Quality; Safe Food, Pesticide Residue and Environmental Issues. o Post-harvest Management: Post-harvest Handling Protocols, Emerging Post-harvest Technologies, Ozonation, UV Treatments, Irradiation, Nano Encapsulation, Smart Packaging. o Value Addition: Minimal Processing, Thermal and NonThermal Processing, Functional Foods, Field and Industrial Waste Management. o Horticultural Engineering: Mechanisation and use of Automation, use of Sensors, Robotics, Drones, Customized Tools & Implements, Use of Non Conventional Energy sources. o Innovation in Social Sciences and Horti-business: New Start-Ups in Horticulture Sector, Extension Innovations, Capacity Building and Skill Development, Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Extension, use of ICT, Advisory Services, GAP, Certification, Farmer-Producer Organisations (FPOs), Policy Needs in Horticulture sector.

Opportunities in Horticulture R&D in Chhattisgarh: Horticulture research and development in Chhattisgarh; Tribal area Horticulture-led Development Models, Developmental Schemes and their Impact, Crop Insurance and Marketing Innovations, Promotion of Ethnic Crops and ITKs in Horticulture, Successful Entrepreneurs and PPP Models, Marketing Models.

The congress is open to all those interested in Horticulture R&D and related sectors, e.g. representatives from both public and private sectors, central and state government ministries and deptt., scientists, development workers and students from agricultural institutes and universities, state horticulture and other departments, representatives from international agencies, farmers' associations, agri-input agencies (like Seed, Fertilizers, Plant Protection Chemicals, etc.), NGOs etc. The deliberation of the Congress shall be in English.

Details of Registration Fee for various categories of participants as HSI members/ State Hort. Staff@ Rs.7,500/-(on time )and Rs. Rs.8,500/- (with late fee) for  Non-members of HSI/ Corporate Sector @Rs.10,000/-(on time) & Rs.11,000/-(with late fee) Student/Research Fellows @Rs.3,000/-(on time) & Rs.3,500/-(with late fee) Farmers Rs.2,500/- Foreign Delegates SAARC countries (US$ 150) Other US$ 200 or € 150.


Event Name: 8th Indian Horticulture Congress 2018

Date: 29 October to 2 September 2018

Venue: Indira Gandhi Krishi Vishwavidyalaya Raipur Chhattisgarh


Office Address

The Secretariat, 8th Indian Horticulture Congress 2018, C/o The Horticultural Society of India, F-1, Society`s Block, National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, DPS Marg, Todapur, Pusa Campus, New Delhi 110012. 
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