CSIR floriculture mission is a boon to Maharashtra flower growers

Farmer groups growing flowers under the nationwide “CSIR Florist Mission” benefit from training provided by the CSIR-Nationwide Botanical Analysis Institute (NBRI) in Lucknow. Groups of farmers in Vidarbha district of Maharashtra are very delighted with the marigolds blooming on their farms.

More than 192 farmers from 8 groups in Vidarbha district alone were provided with marigold trees during June and July in 2022. Now two months later, the result has brought smiles to the faces of these farmers who have no business in any way Forms, particularly women farmers, Maharashtra NBRI Coordinators Dr. Vijay Wag and Dr. Manish Bhoyar. Not only do they see constructive results, but they are also able to promote their products in the nearby market with increased demand for flowers caused by Ganesh Chaturthi and Maharashtra Bula Contest which ended not too long ago.

Rina Arvind Roy, a farmer from Gondia village in Maharashtra (about 150 km from Nagpur), promotes marigolds for 100-120 per kg. Along with Rena, there are 38 different girls from her village who are rising marigolds. “I am able to produce 12-13 kg after spot every 2-3 days from my 500 sq ft land which helps me earn Rs 10,000 in a number of weeks,” stated Rina . Neeru Tai Mandurkar from Bandhya, Maharashtra is delighted to see leads to 750 square feet of farmland and she or she is cultivating it for the first time.

Marginal farmers in Uttar Pradesh, and in 6 additional states with Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra and Bihar are included in the mission.

India ranks 18th in the floriculture trade with only 0.61% of the global floriculture share. FLOWER PRICES $ 38.25 kroner sugar imports from Thailand, the Netherlands and various international locations, in response to NBRI officers.

Additional growers and land have been introduced under the mission to cater to the large flower market in India.

“The objective of the mission is to increase farmers’ profits and improve entrepreneurship by growing value-added floriculture using CSIR applied sciences,” stated Professor SK Parikh, Director of CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow who could also be CSIR Floriculture Mission Director.

In Uttar Pradesh, mission actions are being implemented in 10 districts and actions can be started quickly in a few additional districts. Connecting farmer groups from Jap UP to Western UP through Lucknow, a UP floriculture hall is being developed under the mission, knowledgeable Dr. KJ Singh, Nodal Scientist at CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow.

Dr. Sharad Srivastava, State Coordinator UP is familiar with the distribution of marigold seedlings to farmers to cover 42 hectares and training has been provided. He added that other than marigolds, farmers also breed 4 different primary crops, chrysanthemums, tuberoses, gerberas, and monkeys.

With CSIR-NBRI, Lucknow, being the nodal institute for this daring mission, the various participating institutes are CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, CSIR-NEIST, Jorhat, CSIR-CFTRI, Mysuru and CSIR-IIIM, Jammu.

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