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The nation is agog with discussion on various facets of Food Security Bill. Nutritional
security in reality is the core of food security. This vital edifice of human nutrition is best
accomplished by our contribution in research and development, leading to higher production
and productivity in horticulture. As compared to field crops, horticulture is accelerating
astonishingly at a rapid pace. In 2012-13, more than 250 million tonnes of fruits, vegetables
etc. were produced, but we need to grow at a rate of more than 6%, if we have to meet the
minimum nutritional requirement of our citizens by 2020. Paradoxically, the area under
cultivable land, water and labour is limited and shrinking Producing more fruits and
vegetables for the increasing population with reduced factors of production, especially in
horticulture, is a challenge in itself. Research is the father of progress and necessity is the
mother of invention.
A scientific commitment towards crop improvement and production through scientific
application of basic and strategic research such as hybridization, marker-assisted selection, double haploidy, RNAi,
exploitation of male sterility etc. can revolutionize crop productivity. However, parallel improvement in input-use
efficiency, especially water-and nutrient-use efficiency, a better understanding on the role of micronutrient in
enhancing quality of nutrition coupled with scientific understanding of ecological parameters leading to pest and
diseases management will enhance production and productivity. None of the above is possible unless we assure
disease-free seed and quality planting material and technology at farmers’ doorstep. Fortunately, India is blessed
with one of the largest human resources for basic, strategic and applied research. But this knowledge has to be
captured, documented, streamlined and managed. I am confident that publication of the Current Horticulture would
fulfil the current gap in scientific knowledge of basic and strategic research.

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