Himalayan Floriculture: A startup proving flower cultivation as a year-around business in Nepal

Flowers and flowers business become the talk of the town every year during Tihar. However, floriculture is an everyday business that involves many stakeholders, ranging from flower farmers to end-consumers. Flowers are used for religious needs, as gifts, and for decorations.

Sensing this opportunity, two young MBA graduates – Nirmal Gharti and Sabin Dhakal – stepped into it and started Himalayan Floriculture, a floral designer startup that cultivates and offers fresh flower bouquets, cut flowers, and locally grafted indoor and outdoor plants, directly from the farm. Besides, the company also provides event decoration and other services related to flowers. 

In 2018, Gharti and Dhakal joined an MBA program together. During the course, the duo used to go to different startup events and keep exploring ideas about their own business during their MBA. One day, in their finance class, their teacher Raghu Bista shared his story about entering into the floriculture business a long ago. As the duo was searching for an idea for their business, they got inspired by the teacher’s story and decided to give floriculture a try. They also asked the teacher to guide them.

After two years, they were finally successful to start Himalayan Floriculture. After completing his MBA from Shankar Dev Campus, their teacher Bista had started cultivating cut flowers and local roses instead of rice in his land, understanding the market value of the cut flowers is higher than the rice. 

The duo was intrigued by his story. Therefore, they started doing further research in the very field. After about eight months of research, they found out that there was a huge gap in the effective and efficient utilization of the available resources in floriculture, says Dhakal.

“There was plenty of resources and there was a market as well for this business. What’s lacking was the proper management of these two aspects. That’s where we stepped in to bridge that gap.”

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