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GENESIS

        The Department of Vegetable Crops was established during 1979 as a component of Horticultural College and Research Institute         and since then,  intensive research, education and extension activities are pursued to promote vegetable crops cultivation.
 

        Started separate M.Sc (Hort.) and Ph.D (Hort.) in Vegetable Science during 2004

        Courses related to general horticulture., vegetable breeding and applied vegetable cultivation are being offered to students of              UG, PG and Ph.D degree programmes of this University.

        Crop improvement, crop  crop management.  plant protection and post harvest  technology of vegetable crops are the mandatory         areas of research.

        The Department  is pioneer in standardizing grafting technology in Brinjal.

        The Department is rich in more than 1000 germplasm in the major vegetable crops viz,., tomato, chilli, bhendi, amaranthus,                onion, gourds and tuber crops. 

MANDATE

Education

        To  teach courses on vegetable science in a comprehensive manner  for undergraduate, post graduate and doctoral students

Research
        Germplasm collection, evaluation and conservation in major vegetable crops viz., tomato, brinjal, chilli, bhendi, onion, gourds,            amaranthus, yams and minor tubers.

        Breeding for yield enhancement and resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in tropical vegetable crops.

        Breeding for quality improvement in tropical vegetable crops.

        Standardization of agro techniques for vegetable cultivation under drip and fertigation system.

        Grafting studies in tomato, brinjal and gourds.

   
        Standardization of hi tech vegetable production under protected cultivation.

Extension
        To produce vegetable seeds of TNAU released varieties / hybrids  under farmers participatory approach and supplied to                        farmers.

        To disseminate the technologies developed in vegetable crops to needy people and entrepreneurs through training,                            demonstrations, publications and mass media.