The Horticulture Department has decided to provide a relief of Rs 4 crore to about 600 floriculturists who suffered total losses due to non-transportation of flowers during the entire lockdown period.
The floriculture sector, which is still at the nascent state in Himachal despite a lot of potential, suffered a huge setback during the lockdown. As such there was a feeling that the floriculturists, who had made huge investment in poly houses to cultivate flowers, must be compensated.
“As per data compiled by the Horticulture Department, a total of 598 small and marginal floriculturists will be provided relief to cover up for the loss they suffered as their flowers could not be transported during the lockdown period,” said Amitabh Awasthy, Secretary, Horticulture. He said on an average the cost input for this is about 20 per cent, which will be totally borne by the government.