In the realm of agriculture, the Roots, Tubers, and Horticultural Crops section stands as a testament to the diverse bounty of nature. This essential division focuses on the cultivation, research, and promotion of a wide array of crops, each contributing uniquely to global food security and the beauty of our surroundings.

Root crops, such as sweet potatoes, form the foundation of many traditional diets and serve as a vital source of energy and nutrients for millions. These versatile crops thrive in various climates and soils, providing sustenance in regions where other crops may face challenges.

Tubers, including cassava, and yams, offer a rich source of carbohydrates and play a crucial role in the diet of millions, particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. Their resilience and adaptability make them valuable staples for food security and income generation.

Horticultural crops, such as fruits and vegetables, bring color, flavor, and nutrition to our lives. From the succulent sweetness of ripe fruits to the vibrant hues of blooming flowers, horticultural crops enrich our senses and beautify our surroundings.

The Roots, Tubers, and Horticultural Crops section is manned by a passionate team of researchers, agronomists, and horticulturists dedicated to enhancing crop productivity, quality, and nutritional value. Through innovative breeding and biotechnological advancements, they develop improved varieties that are resistant to pests and diseases, enabling sustainable agriculture and higher yields.

The section’s commitment to sustainable practices extends to resource management, water efficiency, and biodiversity preservation. By advocating for agroecological approaches and responsible farming, they contribute to environmental conservation while meeting the demands of a growing population.

Empowering farmers with knowledge and modern techniques is at the heart of the section’s mission. They provide training and extension services to help farmers adopt best practices, ensuring successful cultivation and post-harvest handling of these valuable crops.

Beyond nutrition and sustenance, the Roots, Tubers, and Horticultural Crops section embraces the aesthetic aspect of horticulture. By promoting ornamental plant cultivation and landscaping, they contribute to the creation of beautiful and serene environments that enrich our daily lives.

The section’s collaborative efforts extend to partnerships with research institutions, governments, and international organizations. By sharing knowledge, expertise, and germplasm, they contribute to global food security and foster sustainable agricultural development worldwide.