India: Punjab to set up Centre of Excellence for floriculture

Come March next year, farmers in Punjab growing flowers or those intending to diversify will have access to Dutch technologies pertaining to floriculture. To build capacity among the farming community while leveraging technology and innovation, the state government in collaboration with the Dutch government is coming up with a Centre of Excellence (CoE) for floriculture at Doraha in Ludhiana. 

This CoE has already been approved and sanctioned under the National Horticulture Mission in the last fiscal year. The Centre would be established over an area of 7.5 acres with a total project cost of around Rs 8 crore. The project cost will be shared between the Centre and state in the 60:40 ratio. This will be the fourth CoE in the state. Currently, the state has CoE for vegetables (at Kartarpur), fruits (at Hoshiarpur) and Potato (at Jalandhar).

The proposed facility will standardise and demonstrate the world-class floriculture technology to farmers. At present, around 1,700 hectares in the state are under floriculture. The major flower producing areas in Punjab are Ludhiana, Patiala, Kapurthala, Fatehgarh Sahib and Sangrur.

Read the full article at The Tribune India (Vijay C Roy)

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