Horticultural College inaugurated in Hiriyur

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Horticultural College inaugurated in Hiriyur

With the inauguration of the College of Horticulture in Hiriyur taluk, the horticulture sector has received a boost in Chitradurga district.

As the second largest horticultural district in the State after Bijapur, Chitradurga has been in need of an institute that would promote the sector.

Although several progressive farmers had demanded that the Government set up a horticultural university in Chitradurga instead of Bagalkot, the Government decided that the college would be affiliated to the University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot.

The college was formally inaugurated by Hiriyur MLA and Minister for Social Welfare D. Sudhakar here on Monday.

According to S.B. Dandin, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, the college will provide an impetus to the horticultural sector in the district. “It will create expertise for the growth of the sector, not only in Chitradurga but also the other horticultural districts,” he said.

Thirty-five students had secured admission in the college. The institute planned to introduce disciplines such as Pomology and Floriculture, and encourage research into new, high-yielding varieties, Mr. Dandin said.


According to the statistics available with the Horticulture Department, Chitradurga has over 1.05 lakh hectares of horticultural land. Following the introduction of the National Horticulture Mission, the area under the sector has been gradually increasing.

The district already has the Agriculture Research Station at Babbur Farm in Hiriyur taluk, and the Institute of Agriculture Technologies Centre in Chitradurga city, which are involved in research.


In the last budget, the Government granted permissions for horticultural colleges in Hiriyur, Mysore, Koppal and Sirsi.

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