Department's Evolution and Growth
Horticulture was bifurcated from Agriculture Department in 1982. Area under Horticulture crops during 1982 was recorded as 3.7 Lakh Ha. In 2001-02, 13.78 Lakh Ha was recorded with an annual production of 9.5 M.Ts, in 2002-03, 1.5 Million Ha with an annual production of 10.00 Lakh M.Ts, in 2003-04, 1.6 Million Ha with an annual production of 11.8 Lakh M.Ts, in 2004-05, 15.79 Lakh Ha with an annual production of 128 Lakh M.Ts, in 2006-07,17.85 Lakh Ha with an annual production of 163.6 Lakh M.Ts, and in 2007-08 the area is about 19.06 Lakh Ha with an annual production of 191.4 Lakh M.Ts.
During 2013-14 Andhra Pradesh ranks 1st in production of Oil Palm Tomato, Chilies, Turmeric and Mango, 2nd in loose flowers in India. Andhra Pradesh is also major producer of Citrus, Guava, Banana, Papaya, Coriander, Ginger, Vegetables, Cocoa, Cashew nut and Coconut with an area of 16.26 lakh Ha. and production of 255.69 Lakh M.Ts.
The main objectives of the department are :
To extend technical services & guidance to farmers on implementation of new technologies, introduction of new crops etc.
To increase production and productivity by bringing additional area through diversification of traditional crops to market driven horticultural crops like fruits and high value vegetables, spices, medicinal & aromatic plants, plantation crops and flowers.
To improve the productivity of horticultural crops, with the use of high yielding / hybrid quality planting materials, by rejuvenation of old orchards & by adoption of improved package of practices etc.