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Jammu KashmirCS deliberates on production of temperate flower bulbs on Commercial scale

CS deliberates on production of temperate flower bulbs on Commercial scale


Srinagar, November 02: Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta today impressed upon the experts in the field to explore the possibility of developing floriculture on commercial lines by optimal utilization of the resources and favourable climatic conditions.

He impressed upon the officers to avail all the opportunities of providing avenues to the people in J&K for adopting floriculture on commercial lines since it had potential to provide much better returns than other options.

Mehta maintained that commercial scale activity  could bring returns worth millions.  He asked the Department to formulate a massive floriculture programme on lines of the Holistic Development Programme.

The Chief Secretary directed the Department to make endeavours for plantation of  flowers along  newly developed cycle tracks, Riverfronts and other public spaces of the smart city areas so increase their appeal to public.

He advised them to go for massive flowering of all the gardens and parks with long-lasting domestic flower varieties like those of Orchids, Daffodils, Dahalias, Jasmines, Marigolds etc. He observed that it takes little planning to spruce up the public spaces if we are watchful towards our surroundings.

During this meeting the Chief Secretary also held deliberations with the University experts about the establishment of Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Temperate flower bud production. He expressed that such flowers have a great commercial value and can be successfully implemented in a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode in the UT.

It was further revealed that imports about 10-15 Cr temperate bulbs annually which includes 20 lakh Tulip bulbs, 10 Cr Lilium and 4-5 Cr other bulbs from European countries.

It was added that the value in terms of foreign exchange amounts to nearly Rs 400-500 Cr and can be tapped by the UT by establishment of this centre here.



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