With their delicate, stunningly beautiful flowers, they have stolen the hearts of flower lovers. Orchids, in all their splendid variety, are now poised to give a fillip to the fledgeling floriculture industry in Kerala via a ₹1.83-crore project landed by the Jawaharlal Nehru Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI), Palode.
The project, ‘Micropropagation and cultivation of native orchids and hybrids for on-farm conservation and income generation in Kerala through cluster formation’ has been granted by the Department of Biotechnology under the Union Ministry of Science and Technology for a period of three years.
“We will use imported and native hybrids and wild orchids to supply planting materials to the beneficiaries. They will be trained in the propagation of the plants and the marketing aspects. If this model is successful, the combined annual income through flower sales by the 100 beneficiaries is estimated to be ₹1.84 crore,” said R. Prakashkumar, JNTBGRI Director and principal investigator of the project.
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