Higher Education Institutions such as Dr. S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forest Development (UHF) must develop the latest knowledge and technology for the benefit of the farming community, said Himachal Pradesh Prime Minister Jame Ram Takur on Wednesday.
On the occasion of the 37th anniversary of the founding of the UHF, Nauni from Shimla, a resident of Solan Province, said that Himalal has made good progress in the field of horticulture in recent years as a major factor in the growth of the agricultural economy. “Horticulture accounts for 33 percent of agricultural production and the annual apple trade alone was over Rs 5,000 crore. Its role in job creation, nutrition and poverty alleviation programs is growing,” he said.
He also recalled Dr. S. Parmar, the founder of CM and Hemacal Pradesh, who was planning to establish a University of Horticulture, and said that the fruit and vegetable economy during the Cowid epidemic had made a significant contribution to the state’s economy.
“The university is ranked ‘A’ in the Atal Innovation by the Union Ministry of Education and is ranked 11th in the Indian Agricultural Research Cooperative.
Since its inception, 7,376 students have studied at Varsity, and 2,627 students are currently enrolled in various degree programs. The regional government has established a College of Horticulture and Forestry Development in the Tonag area of Mandy Woreda, CMC said.
Takur called on the university to develop a skilled workforce, seek new technologies through new research and disseminate this knowledge to farmers to increase their income and living standards.
The regional government has set up a task force to successfully implement the historic new education policy 2020. In addition, a vision document has been prepared for the university to implement this policy, which will benefit students and bring about a new education revolution in the country. .
He also said that the region is known for its beauty and the fruits and vegetables are playing an important role in strengthening the region’s economy alongside tourism. Horticulture and tourism should work together to create an eco-tourism model based on the university’s agro-horticulture.
He urged the agri scientists to work on food processing and urged the university to make more profit from its production by encouraging farmers to develop new cooking techniques from time to time.