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Wanna be a Horticulturist!

Do you enjoy growing plants? Do you see yourself getting down and dirty? Have you seen movies with a nursery with rows and rows of beautiful exotic plants (with a hero and heroine lost in them)? If the beauty of nature stirs you then you could pursue a career of a Horticulturist!\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nFree dictionary defines horticulture as the science or art of cultivating fruits, vegetables, flowers, or ornamental plants. So horticulture basically translates into – cultivating a garden. However horticulture now deals with the cultivation of plants for use in ornamental agricultural, medicinal or scientific fields as a profession, it includes creation and management of gardens and landscaping.Horticulturist work or manage plant nurseries, both retail and production facilities for crop plants and ornamental plants. They undertake garden development and maintenance projects, provide consultancy services. They also are present on many city-planning boards and municipalities.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nThey can also be involved in research projects and hybridisation of species etc. Nature has been Anusha Babbar\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s first love. She has been always very close to nature, guess it runs in her genes. \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”I grew up in a house with a large garden, my grandmother was an ardent gardener and I followed her everywhere in the garden as a child. My grandfather founded Green Grower Nursery, in 1998 and asked me to be part of it after I graduated, I agreed,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” swears Anusha Babbar.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nPost her stint at her family run nursery, Anusha Babbar received a Post Graduate Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Melbourne. Today, she mainly undertakes garden design and consultancy work. Recently, shefounded Under the Tree which conducts organic gardening workshops in the city of Mumbai \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”After ten years in the horticultural arena and having had the opportunity to work and travel in various parts of India, I felt an overwhelming need to expand my reach to people within cities and share with them a little bit of my passion,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” explains Anusha.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nWhat are the skills needed to be a horticulturist?\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\”You need to have in-depth knowledge of plants and how to nurture and grow them, the soil, the environment and basically the science of plants. Basic botany background helps. It is 365 day job as you are dealing with very live and perishable commodities so you have to be ready for that! Dedication is a skill that is definitely required. It\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s an outdoor job so get ready to be on site and running around,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\” she informs.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nAlso one can also do a B.S.C in Agriculture. Institutes providing a B.Sc in Agriculture offer a post graduation as well.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nWhere could you be working?\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nThe demand for good horticulturists exists with 5 star hotels with their beautiful indoor plants and sprawling gardens, as well as with corporates and factories wherever plants and flowers lend beauty and serenity, and a good work or leisure environment. Major building projects,housing societies and communities need horticulturists. So do the Municipal corporations for their gardens, parks and every little place in the city. The possibilities are endless and the more you imagine the more you see the beautiful work done by horticulturists.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nYou could be employed with or be the owner of your own orchard or a vineyard \\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nThe Government of India encourages a career in horticulture. It has taken considerable efforts to develop horticulture and provide new employment opportunities to the youngsters.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nGovernment\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s role\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nGovernment has launched the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’National Horticulture Mission (NHM)\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’ as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme to for the development of the horticulture sector through an area based regionally differentiated strategies. They include research, technology promotion, extension, post harvest management, processing and marketing,\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nThe mission is to enhance production and productivity of horticulture crops; diversification from traditional crops to plantations, orchards, vineyards, flower and vegetable gardens. For more information on the government\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s schemes you can visit the official website.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nHow much can you earn?\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nYou would earn anywhere between Rs 15000 to 25000 in a government or a private job initially. But if you start your own enterprise, you would earn around Rs 40000 per month.\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nAnusha Babbar\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s workshops:\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\nFor those interested in joining Anusha Babbar\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s workshops on how to create a garden in a bottle? How to keep your indoor/outdoor plants healthy? How to grow herbs & vegetables? How to recycle kitchen & garden waste? Call her – 9833921120 or email – anusha@underthetree.in\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\r\\\\\\\\n– Babita Balan

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