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Northern hilly states set to become floriculture hub
Manoj Kumar
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 23
Punjab and Haryana governments may still be struggling for agricultural diversification of wheat-paddy cycle, but neighbouring Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir along with Uttaranchal and some North-eastern states are fast becoming hubs for floriculture exports.

Presently in the global floriculture market of around $ 11 billion, though India’s share is a miniscule, yet the area under its cultivation is fast growing especially in the foothills of Himalaya.

A large number of commercial floriculture farms have come up in the recent past in these states thanks to the growing domestic demand and exports growing at over 20 per cent rate annually.

“The floriculture exports have grown to Rs 305 crore in 2005-06 from Rs 18.83 crore in 1993-94. This year also the growth is expected to be around 20-25 per cent implying exports to reach Rs 375 crore,” said Mr K.S. Money, Chairman, Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

In recent years, India has been recognised as one of the potential suppliers of floriculture to meet the growing international demand that is expected to reach $ 16 billion by 2010.

Indian exporters are taking consignments through direct cargo flights leaving for global consumption centres in USA, Netherlands, UK and Japan from Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi.

 

 



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