"Floriculture can provide additional income for farmers"

The Hislop College flower show - the culmination of year-long floriculture undertaken by its department of botany - is a keenly awaited event not only by plantsmen but also citizens.

Started as an extension activity by the department in the year 2003, the past and present keepers of its floriculture unit may not have expected that one day it would offer a viable solution to farm distress as well as employment generation.

Ideated by the then head of department KJ Cherian under the late principal Ashish Bhelwa, the unit now grows 12,000 plants as compared to just 500 in the maiden edition of the flower show.

Read the interview with the department head Mausumi Bhowal and assistant professors Shivani Dongarwar, Parama Majumdar and Mayank at The Times of India (Sarfaraz Ahmed).

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