The Department of Agriculture, government of Nepal is going to organize competation and trade fair in association with Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) in order to promote floriculture and create awareness about the use of flowers.
The slogan of competition is ‘Farming of Marigold flower for economic prosperity’.
Addressing a press meet here Tuesday, Lilaram Poudel, director general of Department of Agriculture said that competition would help in promoting the floriculture industry and exchanging expertise among producers and creating awareness about floriculture among the people.
Stating that the floriculture business has been expanding in Nepal due the continued effort of the private sectors and the government, he said, adding that country depends for its consumption on the national production.
He hoped that floriculture business policies, introduced by the government last year, would help encourage entrepreneurs for commercial farming of flowers across the country.
He assured that the government was ready to provide support to the entrepreneurs for producing and promoting of floriculture.
The government has planned to declare the pocket areas to four districts such as Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Chitwan and Kaski for floriculture, he informed.
Highlighting the objective of the event, Roseline Maharjan, programme coordinator, said that it has aimed to promote the floriculture business and raise public awareness about the uses of flowers and ornamental plants among the people.
She said that they will declare best flower entrepreneurs in four categories who will exhibit best marigold in the exhibition.
The flower entrepreneurs from across the country can participate in the competition.
There will be 28 stalls in the exhibition, she said.
Lok Nath Gaire, FAN president said that the joint effort from the government and the private sectors is essential for promoting the floriculture farming across the country which is the sources of foreign currencies.
The domestic demand for flowers has been increasing by around 10-15 per cent annually, he said, adding that the production of flower also increasing in the ratio of demand.
There are around 636 floriculture forms and nurseries in the 36 districts of the country. They cover about 120 hectares of land, he said. The floriculture business has provided direct and indirect jobs to more than 40,000 families.
Floriculture had a total turnover of about Rs. 1.5 billion during the fiscal year 2069/70, he said.
Similarly, Nepal exported floriculture products worth Rs. 29.5 million during the fiscal year 2069/70 and imported flowers worth of Rs.33.1 million during same period.
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