Nepal is gradually becoming self-reliant on flowers, thanks to the rise in domestic production of flowers.
The import of flowers from India during the festivals has been witnessing a steady slump as a result of increasing production of flowers in the country. Around 300,000 garlands of marigolds were brought from India last year during Tihar festival. Around 80 per cent of the demand of flowers in Nepal was met by domestic production while the rest was met with the imports from India.
This year, 93 per cent of the demand of flowers in Nepal is expected to be met by domestic production while only seven per cent of whatever amount of demand for flowers will be consumed in the festival will be imported from India, according to the Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN).
FAN President Kumar Kasaju Shrestha shared that Nepal has been witnessing a surge of 10 to 15 per cent in flower production annually, which is paving a path for Nepal to become gradually self-reliant on flowers.