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Wide range of bio-diversity of horticultural crops is available in the state of Jharkhand particularly Chhotanagpur and Santhalpargana regions which can be harnessed for improvement programme of these crops as well as for production by area expansion. Germplasm collection, evaluation, maintenance and exploitation – as there are wide range of variations observed in these fruit crops; systematic exploration and germplasm improvement will be mandatory and all the variations of germplasm available in the state as well as those from other states and abroad has to be explored. For example, jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus), mahua (Madhuca indica), sahjan (Moringa oleifera), jamun (Syzygium cumini), bael (Aegle marmelos) etc. Moreover, the post harvest management and processing including value addition of these underutilized but important crops need to be taken at priority.

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