Horticulture research institute objectives can be summarized in improving and development of the horticultural crops and increase its productivity in addition to reducing production cost and enhancing water use efficiency, preserving the environment, reducing the loss, extending the marketing windows to face the consumers needs both in national and international levels.
This is meant to be yet another contribution to a better understanding of the Egyptian horticultural crops, research and extension. We hope that raising awareness on the Horticulture Research Institute activities will contribute to the cooperation on the national and international levels. On our web page you can find all necessary information, publications and news.
We would also like to see your active involvement in making it interactive. To that end, we would like to invite you to take part in our poll and express your opinion on all issues pertaining to this process by submitting your comments. We will be happy to provide answers to your further questions.
These objectives can be fulfilled as follows:
- Introducing, evaluating and distributing a number of the distinguished horticultural varieties and establishment of new varieties that can be suitable to be cultivated under Egyptian conditions and has the marketable values for local and export markets.
- Producing new local varieties and strains matching the conditions of the newly reclaimed lands and have the ability to tolerate the environmental stress and diseases.
- Producing certified seeds and true –to- type seedlings, high quality and tolerant to pest and diseases and adopted to be cultivated under our conditions.
- Implementing applied research to improve the quality and productivity of horticultural crops and to solve the production problems.
- Introduce and apply the new technologies for producing horticultural crops such as tissue culture, biotechnology, and Egyptian flora.
- Genetic resources conservation of horticultural crops.
- Strengthening the link between the researches and the industry through extension and training programs in horticultural crops.
- Transferring the developed technology matching to our local conditions to increase and enhance the productivity and quality of horticultural crops.
- Encourage the cooperation between the institute and the national and international universities and other research institutions.
- Improving and enhancing the post harvest and handling techniques besides increasing the horticultural products.
- Encouraging the use of organic agriculture techniques, bio and natural products and decrease the use of pesticides and synthetic chemical fertilizers to keep the environment clean and to have safety product.
- The use of greenhouses to produce vegetable and ornamental plants in the off seasons.
- Improve the cut flower, ornamental plants and landscape techniques.
- Selection of the timber and woody trees that have good economic and environmental impact.
As early as 1898, the national concern with horticultural crops and related research activities was begun. An independent horticulture department was founded in 1911 to focus on the improvement of different horticultural crops such as: fruit crops, vegetable crops, ornamental plants, as well as medicinal and aromatic plants.
In 1971, the horticulture department was expanded into the Horticulture Research Institute (HRI) that is now one of the major research institutes of the Agricultural Research Center (ARC).
The HRI consists of 18 research departments, four central laboratories, and 13 special units. In addition, six botanical gardens located in Cairo, Aswan and Alexandria belong to the HRI.
The research activities of the HRI are carried out in 16 research stations and farms.
The major goal of the HRI is to adopt new and environmentally friend techniques to enhance production of safe and high quality horticultural crops for both local market and export.