Floriculture in Uttar Pradesh (Flower Farming) will be promoted. This will benefit the farmers of the state and their earnings will also increase. CSIR and NBRI to prepare a roadmap under the first National Floriculture Mission to promote floriculture under the National Floriculture Mission by the Center before two years in the state.NBRI-National Botanical Research Institute) has been agreed to work with. The decision regarding this was taken in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra. Earlier, when CSIR-NBRI Director SK Barik gave a presentation on the need and scope of promotion of floriculture in UP. After this, the NBRI director had sought the support of the state government in his efforts.
Significantly, CSIR-NBRI is the nodal body appointed by the Center to promote floriculture across the country. RK Tomar, Director, Horticulture Department said that we, in association with NBRI, will soon prepare a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to promote floriculture in the state and provide all possible assistance to NBRI. He said that at present the state government does not have any separate scheme to promote floriculture. Tomar said that the government can think of changing some of the ongoing schemes to promote floriculture.
Employment opportunities will come from floriculture
CSIR Floriculture Mission set up in March 2021 aims to focus on commercial floriculture crops and floriculture for beekeeping and wild ornamental plants to help farmers and industry prepare themselves to meet export requirements . NBRI Director SK Barik said that CSIR-Flower Farming Mission is an agro-based income generating enterprise with high potential to earn foreign exchange and generate employment for rural and urban youth.
Huge possibilities of flower cultivation in UP
He said that there is immense potential for promotion of floriculture in UP, which imports most of the flowers from other states to meet the domestic needs. Varanasi is an important flower market. But here 30-40 percent of the flowers are imported from Kolkata. He said, CSIR-NBRI needs the support of the state government to set up cold chains, create marketing facilities, reach out to the farmers, even NBRI can provide technical support and give demos.
India’s contribution to the global flower market
SK Barik said that work is already underway to set up two distillation units at Banthra and Kannauj in Lucknow under the Floriculture Mission. According to the presentation given by SK Barik in the meeting, India’s contribution to the global flower market is only 0.61 percent. The Indian floriculture industry includes flowers such as roses, tubers, anthuriums, carnations, marigolds, which are cultivated both in open fields and in state-of-the-art poly and greenhouses. Flowers are now commercially cultivated in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh. These states have overtaken other flower producing states like Karnataka, West Bengal, Mizoram, Gujarat, Odisha, Jharkhand, Haryana, Assam and Chhattisgarh.