Floriculture is not a big business in the Indian state of Goa as hardly 25 hectare of farmlands is used to raise floriculture crops, which produce some 40 tonne of various flowers every year.
Experts in agriculture research point out that floriculture has been neglected in Goa: floriculture crops have been less than one per cent of the total horticultural crops.
The dismal situation in the segment has been attributed to poor marketing strategies and inadequate spaces for farmers to sell their flowers.
The agriculture department says that nearly 10 hectare of land is cultivated for raising orchids, zebra flowers, anthurium and other varieties of flowers.
“There is an opportunity to boost floriculture in this state so as to make Goa self-sufficient in meeting the demands fuelled by tourism and festivals,” explains Director, ICAR-Goa, E B Chakurkar, who is also the chairman of the Goa state level coordination committee.
The committee has been studying as how to double income of floriculture farmers in Goa.