Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kerala Agricultural University,Regional Agricultural Research Station,Kumarakom PO, Kottayam 686 566,Kerala, INDIA.



There exists great scope for development in the field of Horticulture in Kottayam. Horticulture nurseries could be taken up by unemployed youth for which trainings are being conducted on propagation techniques like budding, grafting and layering. Floriculture, especially the cultivation of cut flowers like anthurium and orchid, bush jasmine etc., cultivation of vegetables like cucurbits, solanaceous vegetables, Amaranthus, cowpea, Bhindi etc., and homestead cultivation and kitchen/terrace gardens are given emphasis. Awareness of scientific cultivation and management of coconut has to be created among growers to improve production and productivity. Coconut cultivation can be made profitable by value addition and product diversification, for which training programmes are being conducted. Scientific management of fruit crops like banana and pineapple, and spices like pepper; processing and value addition of vanilla; propagation techniques for Nutmeg and Garcinia etc. are also being promoted.