Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) is all set to organise the second Flora Expo 2014 from 27 to 30 March at the Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall in the capital.
Organising a press conference in the capital on Monday, FAN informed that the Expo is being held with a slogan “Prosperity through floriculture in Nepal & beyond”. Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT) and Department of Agriculture are co-organisers of the fair.
“The main aim of the expo is to promote floriculture business in the country in order to mitigate imports and increase exports,” said FAN president Lok Nath Gaire. “There is lack of investment and technologies.The government should make investment in the sector giving priority for its development as investment from government side is minimal.”
According to FAN statistics, the country has imported flowers worth Rs 369 million in the last fiscal year.
Despite an increase in the demand of the flower by 10-15 percent every year, the country’s production has been able to meet on 85 percent of the demand, FAN’s vice-president and coordinator of the expo Kumar Kasaju Shrestha said.
“The government is in the process to implement the Floriculture Promotion Policy 2069 that was approved by Cabinet,” said Shrestha. “The government is also set to allocate budget for the sector from the fiscal year 2014/15.”
He said the various departments of the government will also include floriculture industry in its programmes from this year to prepare a budget for the floriculture sector.
Minister for Agriculture Development Hari Prasad Parajuli is scheduled to inaugurate the four-day expo amidst a function at the event’s premises on the opening day on Thursday. The expo will have total 95 stalls including 59 trading and exhibiting stalls, 15 informative stalls and 21 stalls from abroad, including participants from India, Bangladesh, Japan, America and Holland.
FAN expects that the transaction amount will increase by 15-20 percent in this expo. The transaction of around Rs 8 million was recorded in the last expo.
FAN will also organise a day long workshop entitled “Floriculture Development in Nepal: Prospects and Challenges” on the sideline of the expo. The workshop will have participants from national and international level to discuss on the latest technologies and challenges along with finding main issues that are hindering the floriculture sector.
So far, there are around 650 nursery farms in some 38 districts while 41,000 are directly and indirectly involve in floriculture business.