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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 311-316

The Role of Horticultural Crops in Enhancing Nutrient Security
Rajani* and Shourabh Joshi
NIMS University, Rajasthan, India
*Corresponding author

The growth of horticultural crops is economically rewarding. This sector is expected to grow and contribute to food and nutritional security, provided, the sector is nurtured with focused infrastructure development and has a conducive policy environment. Fruit and vegetables are packed full of goodness and often contain a number of essential vitamins and minerals that cannot be found in other types of foods or they may contain higher levels of these nutrients than other foods. Vegetables and fruit provide a significant part of human nutrition, as they are important sources of nutrients, dietary fiber, and phytochemicals. A diet rich in vegetables and fruits can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help keep appetite in check. Horticultural produce with high nutritive value and is considered to be a vital component of a diversified and nutritious diet. They become more important those countries where highly prevalent malnutrition makes nutritional security an important public health concern. Horticultural interventions to enhance food safety at farm level combined with extensive nutrition and food safety education can offer a long term food based strategy to control and eliminate micronutrient malnutrition in the resource poor people. Horticultural production is relatively easy for unskilled people and it can play an important role in poverty alleviation programs and food security initiatives by providing work and income opportunities.

Keywords: Horticulture, Phytochemicals, Malnutrition and Nutritional Security

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