Juniad Nabi Bazaz
SRINAGAR: A young entrepreneur from Kulgam is determined to produce tulips in the Valley. With his intervention, Tulips will now be available in the local market for sale at a cheaper price.
For Firdous Ahmad Mir, tulips are not only a source of beauty but a big business opportunity. Though his nursery of tulips is out of bounds for public which presents a look similar to Srinagar’s Tulip garden, it presently has fifty thousand bulbs that produce rich hue of colors.
“I got this idea two years ago after I came to know about the growing demand of the flower in the valley. Firdous intends to produce the tulips locally and then put them on sale outside the state.
Located at Kanipora village about 2-kms from Kulgam Town, Firdous’s garden is second to the garden at Srinagar only. It is spread over 2.5 kanals of land with ten different varieties of tulips. The garden is likely to be extended to five more kanals of land.
Tulips are one of the ten famous flowers of the world which are mainly produced in Holland. Kashmir also imports Tulips from there at Rs 20 a flower. A lot of money goes in transportation. However, Firdouse’s endeavor will reduce its cost by at least Rs 5 in the valley.
Firdous, a resident of Kulgam has planned to set another garden at Qazigund next year for which he is in the process of acquiring land.
Firdous passion of growing flowers on a rented land makes him pay around 1.24 lakh a year.
Besides Tulips, Mir cultivates six other varieties of flowers, horticulture plants which he sells both in Kashmir and outside.
An arts graduate, Firdous developed a liking for flowers when he was in school. The aesthetic part of the activity has taken him beyond growing flowers. He now lays gardens for various agencies including Srinagar Airport and Circuit House Jammu.
Few decades ago, tulips were also grown in the Kashmir valley over roofs made of mud. These tulips reduced the water content of the mud.