Valley’s climatic conditions viable for commercial floriculture: Experts

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BANDIPORA: Department of Floriculture, District Bandipora in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Bandipora organised 5-day training programme on “Commercial Floriculture – Its Prospectus in Kashmir Valley” at KVK Bandipora. 54 registered floriculture growers of the district and officers/officials from the Department of Floriculture participated in the programme.
Experts from the Division of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture (FLA) SKUAST-Kashmir were invited by the Kendra to deliberate upon the importance of commercial floriculture, its scope and prospects in the valley owing to the suitable climatic conditions of the valley, an official handout read.
According to the handout, the scientists sensitised the farmers on various aspects of commercial floriculture like nursery-raising of ornamentals, Lilium, Gerbera, Tulip, Carnation cultivation besides deliberating on the importance of bulb production of Tulips and Lilium in the valley.
The scientists of the Kendra also gave detailed presentations on various topics like: “Prospects of Floriculture in Kashmir” by Dr Qazi Altaf; “Pest management of Flower Crops” by Dr Malik Mukhtar; “Weed Management in Flower Crops” by Dr Tariq Sultan; “Concept of Farmer Producer Organisation (FPO) and its Significance in Marketing” by Dr Bilal Ahmad, and “Greenhouse Construction and Types” by and Dr Tahir Saleem.
An eminent floriculture scientist and Dean Student’s Welfare SKUAST-Kashmir Prof M A A Siddique delivered the key note and provided an insight into the problems being faced by the floriculture farmers and their possible solution.
Programme Coordinator of the Kendra M H Samoon highlighted the role of KVKs for betterment of the farming community and provided insight into the various activities and role in collaboration with various state government departments and NGOs, etc.
Certificates of participation were distributed among the trainees on the valedictory function.
The 5-day programme was fully sponsored by Department of Floriculture Government of J&K.