India: University training youth to cultivate, export flower bulbs

To grow flowers on a commercial scale and reduce their import, the SK University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Kashmir (SKUAST-K) is training and employing youth on farming of minor temperate bulbous crops (flower bulbs matching Kashmir climate).

An official of SKUAST-K said the University, under Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)-Extramural Funding Project, has standardised technology for bulb propagation and production at different altitudes of Kashmir Himalayas.

“Kashmir has the suitable temperature for the production and propagation of the temperate ornamental bulbs, including tulips, which no other state in India has,” he said.

The official said the Union Ministry of Science & Technology led Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has asked them to train the local youth on farming of bulb production of tulip and hyacinth.

Read more at The Kashmir Monitor (Bisma Bhat)

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