Monday, 2nd March 2015

Flora Expo concludes with Rs 7.8 million turnover

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The second International Flora Expo 2014 has concluded successfully holding the transaction of around Rs 7.8 million held at the Bhrikutimandap Exhibition Hall in the capital on Sunday.

The expo also drew attraction of many people as more than 58,000 visitors were registered during the four-day event, according the organiser Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN).

However, the transaction amount is less than the expectation. FAN had expected to hold the transaction by over Rs 8 million.

FAN had organised the event with a slogan “Prosperity through floriculture in Nepal and beyond” with an aim to promote floriculture business in the country in order to mitigate imports and increase exports. Project for Agriculture Commercialization and Trade (PACT) and Department of Agriculture were the joint organizers.

The expo featured 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.

Minister for Agriculture Development Hari Prasad Parajuli had inaugurated the expo amid a function, last Thursday. He had said that the government is committed towards the modernisation and commercialisation of the floriculture sector.

In the inaugural day, FAN president Lok Nath Gaire said modern technology is a must for the development of the floriculture business.

“Poor infrastructure is also a major challenge in the business,” Gaire said. “The government needs to invest in the technology and infrastructure development.”

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 only 85 percent of the demand, FAN’s vice-president and coordinator of the expo Kumar Kasaju Shrestha has said.

So far, there are around 650 nursery farms in some 38 districts while 41,000 people are directly and indirectly involved in floriculture business.