Efforts on to bring floriculture under ‘agriculture’: Govt

Efforts on to bring floriculture under ‘agriculture’: Govt


New Delhi: The Centre said on 12 September that nursery and floriculture are likely to come under the definition of agriculture.

Besides, the Delhi government is also planning to set up a modern floriculture market near airport, to facilitate flower exports.

“Our efforts are to ultimately bring nursery and floriculture under the definition of agriculture," Food and Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said here while inaugurating Flora Expo 2007.

Terming floriculture and nursery as blooming sectors, he admitted that there are some problems in bringing them under agriculture.

Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit had announced setting up a modern market for floriculture near the airport.

Pawar said there was shortage and non-availability of proper infrastructure in Delhi, which is the one of the major markets for flowers.

The state government has identified 15-20 acres of land near airport and details of the setting up the flower market is being worked out, Dikshit said.

Pawar said the proposed terminal markets at places like Chennai, Patna, Lucknow would also help the sector.

The industry has been demanding inclusion of floriculture under agriculture for the last five years.

He assured that the Centre is committed towards holistic growth of the floriculture industry and will soon address problems such as cold chain cargo space infrastructure and quarantine facilities at airports.

“The challenge to achieve the goal of $1 billion of floriculture exports by 2010, is still before us," he said, adding exports rose from Rs188 million in 1993-94 to over Rs4,000 million in 2006-07.