3rd International Flora Expo kick off

31st Mar, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

Kathmandu, March 31:  Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has urged the government to use public lands for productive purpose.  While inaugurating the '3rd International Flora Expo' organized in Bhrikutimandap in the capital today, Vice President Pun opined for promoting and developing 'flower pocked zone', aimed at lessening the dependency on importing the flowers and flowery products from foreign lands. Earlier, such kinds of 1st Flower Exhibition was organized in 2001 and 2nd Flora Expo in 2015 in the country.

The expo showcases 99 stalls including national and international products.  The expo has launched new brands and put on display wide collection of floriculture products aimed at attracting a large number of visitors.

Different floriculture entrepreneurs from China, India, Sri –Lanka and South Korea including Nepal are participating in the expo.

Speaking in the programme, Agriculture Minister Gauri Shankar Chaudhary said that with the implementation of the Prime Minister Agriculture Modernization Project, dependency in agro sectors was lessening gradually.

According to the organizer 65,000 visitors are expected to visit the expo and transaction worth Rs 7.5 million will be made during the expo.

The floriculture generally refers to the cultivation of ornamental plants, flowering plants, cut flowers, seeds, bulbs, foliage plants and seeding.

The floriculture industry now is gaining popularity in the country as it  was introduced  as a  Nepal Private Nursery  in 2011 BS and  has been extended to  39 district by the fiscal year 2072 / 073 BS. But it is in almost premature phase to replace the dependency in import.

The expo is jointly organized by the Ministry of Agriculture Development and Floriculture Association Nepal and will conclude on April 2.