Horticulture is a critical sector that raises the economic level of the people of the North East Region, making them self resilient and offering food security. The demand for horticultural produce is increasing in both domestic and international market. The horticultural crops of northeast include fruits like pineapple, oranges and citrus, strawberries, jackfruit, kiwi to mention a few. While flowers like roses, anthuriums, gerberas, gladioli’s, chrysanthemum find a profitable market outside the northeast, vegetables from the states of Assam and Meghalaya are exported to neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan. Good infrastructure plays a vital role in the development of horticulture of a region. Rural infrastructure is a prerequisite for significantly improving the quality of human life and accelerating the process of agricultural development. It has the potential to transform the existing conventional agriculture or subsistence farming into advance, commercial and dynamic farming system. Notwithstanding the critical role that horticulture plays in modern communities, globally, horticulture is undergoing significant challenges which impact the production of crops and research and development. Many of these challenges are quite recent and are of considerable magnitude. The challenges that are faced with the horticulture sector is mostly with storing the harvested products, transporting them and finding a potentially lucrative market. If these problems faced by the farmers are met with immediate solutions, then horticulture sector of the North Eastern Region will be one of the best performing sectors with regards to income and sustainable livelihood practices. The Centre has prepared a Report on the Current states of the Horticultural sector and is now preparing the next report on the Challenges of Horticultural sector in North East India.
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