Recognizing the potential for development of horticulture in Northeast region, and in order to provide adequate institutional support to tap this potential, Government of India set-up the “Central Institute of Horticulture” at Medziphema, Nagaland under the Central Sector Scheme in the year 2006 and on 27th March, it was inaugurated by Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture Shri. Sharad Pawar.The institute provides technical support on different aspects of horticulture for the holistic development in the North East Region.
The main focus of the institute is refinement/demonstration of identified technologies specific for the region; production and supply of quality seed and planting materials of improved/high yielding varieties, training and capacity building of State Hort. department officials and field functionaries on different aspects of horticulture.Promotion of organic farming, agri. business promotion and market linkages, coordination with state horti. department of NER and other national institute of horticulture and monitoring and evaluation of central horti. schemes in NER.
The institute has an area of 43.50 ha at Medziphema, under Dimapur district, Nagaland located near to the national highway 29 between the commercial city of the state ie. Dimapur (31 km away) and the state capital, Kohima (35 km away).
The Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH) is headed by Director under the supervision of Horticulture Commissioner, Department of Agriculture & Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, New Delhi. It has completed five years in the service of the Horticulture development of the North East region of India.