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Floriculture picking up in Sathyamangalam and Bhavanisagar

S. Ramesh

The total acreage is growing at the rate of 10 to 15 per cent every year

PHOTO: M.GOVARTHAN

Thrust area:Farmers in various parts of Sathyamangalam and Bhavanisagar blocks in Erode district have been encouraged to take up horticulture cultivation. —

ERODE: Floriculture is picking up in Sathyamangalam and Bhavanisagar blocks in the district with more farmers coming forward to cultivate flower plants.

The total acreage under floriculture in the district is growing at the rate of 10 to 15 per cent every year. Over 1,100 hectares are covered under floriculture in these two blocks this year so far. “The two blocks have good water sources and suitable conditions for planting flower bushes. Besides, farmers in these two blocks could easily access the two major flower markets – Coimbatore and Mysore. These factors have encouraged more farmers to go for the cultivation of flower plants in these blocks,” horticulture officials point out.

Out of the total area under floriculture, jasmine bushes are grown in over 900 hectares, tuberoses in 91 hectares and marigold in 50 hectares.

The Horticulture Department has taken up a series of efforts to promote flower cultivation as the Government had identified floriculture as one of the thrust areas under the National Horticulture Mission. “We are providing up to 50 per cent subsidy for taking up jasmine and tuberose cultivation. Subsidies are also being extended to the farmers under a few other programmes,” officials say.

Farmers, while pointing out the huge potential for floriculture in the district, have stressed the need for adequate marketing support. “The fluctuation in the prices affects us severely on several occasions. The middlemen at the market receives the maximum benefit. If proper marketing support is provided, more farmers will take up floriculture,” they pointed out.

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