India's growing horticulture sector has currently entered a revolutionary phase. On the one hand, small farmers are taking bigger risks and experimenting with diverse cash crops, and on the other, large corporate houses are taking to horticulture as a profitable business opportunity by bringing in investments and latest technologies. Corporate farming, contract farming and food retail boom having become the present day buzzwords, the entire horticulture landscape is set to witness a big change.
Riding this wave, Delhi will host the 5th International Horti Expo 2013, along with 8th International Flora Expo 2013 at NSIC Exhibition Complex, Okhla, New Delhi. This grand event is scheduled from 11-13 January, 2013 and the Event's Theme Pavilion will be on Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Farm Machineries & Equipment, Potato Products & Technologies, Cold Chain & Logistics, Seed, Agrochemical & Irrigation, Organic, Agri Finance & Insurance, Processing & Packaging, Medicinal Herbal products, Fresh Retailing, and Floriculture Wealth & Technology.
With over 300 million middle and higher income population, India is the world's 2nd largest consumer base and fastest growing retail destination. Fresh fruits, vegetables & food intake are increasing and contribute to 13% of total organized retail that offers significant scope for investment in all related sectors. A huge domestic market supports high quality export oriented F & V production & value addition by providing a unique competitive edge. India, China and Pakistan along with other countries of the region make South Asia, the world's largest market. Therefore, 5th International Horti Expo 2013 will be an eye opener to the farmers and other stake-holders of every segment of agriculture and allied activities who want to expand and diversify their activities.