New Delhi will host the 5th International Horti Expo 2013, along with the 8th International Flora Expo 2013 from January 11 to 13.
The events will be held at NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla, New Delhi, in which the theme pavilion will be on fresh fruits and vegetables, farm machineries and equipment, potato products and technologies, cold-chain and logistics, among others, according to S. Jafar Naqvi, President, Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora), here.
The expo, which has the Union Ministry of Agriculture is its principal sponsor, is being sponsored by a host of other departments including National Horticulture Mission, National Horticulture Board and Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States.
It is also supported by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Industry Association, Irrigation Association of India, National Medicinal Plant Board, and iFlora.
Fresh fruits, vegetables and food intake contribute 13 per cent to total organised retail and offers significant scope for investment in all related sectors.
He said the events aimed to increase per capita flower consumption to give more impetus to floriculture industry.
The Ministry of Agriculture is aiming to double the production of all horticulture crops and creating opportunities of mass employment for people in rural areas by encouraging them to diversify from traditional crops to high value horticulture crops, he said.
Fresh fruit imports are dominated by apples, which, in volume terms, account for more than 75 per cent of the total fruit imports. Import of apples grew 35 per cent to 1,22,878 tonnes in 2010 compared to the year before.