8/13/2013 Career

Horticulture is the branch of Agricultural Science that deals with the
cultivation of plants, vegetables, flowers, fruits, herbs, shrubs, bushes,
ornamental trees and landscaping for gardens, maintaining nurseries,
green houses, gardens,
orchards and plantations and also
floriculture or cultivation of flowers.

The branch now has also direct or indirect
application in
food technology industries as Production, harvesting and
storing of vegetables all are highly mechanized and merges into food technology.
Plants are grown under strictly controlled conditions using sophisticated
sensors, computers. Biological control
of pests and diseases is common.

Horticulture Eligibility Criteria

Entry to this field starts from undergraduate
level. After completion of 10+2 in Science stream (class 12th) with physics,
chemistry and maths/biology/agriculture
as the subjects one can opt for Bachelors degree in Horticulture as a separate
discipline or as a subject of BSc Agriculture Science. The same basic
qualifications are required for doing a
diploma in agriculture.

Most of the educational institutions in India teach horticulture as a part of
the agricultural Science, while some offer a separate B.Sc. degree. Candidates
can choose between doing a B.Sc. in agriculture or horticulture. After doing BSc
in Horticulture one can continue his/her
further study
in the field by doing MSc or PhD.

The minimum qualification for admission to various
Master's programs in agriculture is 60
per cent marks or equivalent in graduation in same or related streams. For
instance, in order to get admission to MA in Pomology; Floriculture and
Landscaping; or Vegetable Crops a B.Sc degree in Agriculture or Horticulture is

Horticulture Career Prospects

Horticulture is a field that holds ample scope. Whether you want to be full-time
or part-time horticulturist, whether you have your own piece of land or not, you
can take up this line and make a decent living out of it.

This career is extremely lucrative since not only are the demands for good
plants, flowers, fruits increasing but the technology (in terms of preserving
these perishable products) too is becoming more sophisticated which ensures
better results. The export industry is
also helping build up the number of available jobs.

The demand of a commercial horticulturist in today�s rapidly growing
horticulture industry has increased considerably. There is a vast employment
opportunity in the commercial or environmental sectors as well as in research
and journalism.

Both public and private sectors offer employment to qualified and trained
horticulturists with attractive remuneration. There are also job openings in UK
and US for trained and qualified horticulturists.

Horticulture Pay Package

The monthly remuneration of an Asst. horticulture inspector (appointed by
respective state or central government) starts from Rs 7000 and goes up to Rs
17, 000 depending upon experience and total years of service. District
Horticulture Officers get monthly salary more than Rs 20, 000. The salary of
Horticulturists and scientists varies between Rs 18, 000 and 25, 000.

The salary of a horticulture professionals in private sector is more as compared
to public sector. They get handsome salary apart from other benefits as fixed by
the respective firm/company.

Horticulture Institutes/Universities

  • Kerala Agricultural University

Course: MSc (Horticulture)

  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore

Course: MSc (Horticulture)

  • Dr. Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth

  • University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwar

Course: B.Sc. (Hort), M.Sc. (Horticulture)

  • Annamalai University

Course: BSc (Horticulture)

  • Allahabad Agricultural Institute, Allahabad

Course: M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture (Vegetable Science), M.Sc. (Ag.)
Horticulture (Floriculture & Land Scaping), M.Sc. (Ag.) Horticulture (Fruit
Production & Post Harvest Technology)

  • Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Ananthapur

Course: BSc (Horticulture)

  • Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatre

Course: B.Sc. (Horticulture), B.Tech. (Horticulture)

  • Calcutta University,

Course: MSc (Horticulture)

  • Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University

Course: Diploma in Horticulture, B.Sc. (Hort), M.Sc. (Horticulture)

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