India: Horticulture department organizes floriculture training for flower growers & cultivators

In an attempt to educate flower growers and cultivators on floriculture plants and their management techniques, the Horticulture Department of West Sikkim organized a one-day training at Soreng. The Joint Director of Floriculture (HQ), Kesang Lachungpa, attended the event as the main trainer.

The Ward Panchayat of Soreng, Binod Subba, Deputy Director of Soreng, Dilip Kumar Gurung, Horticulture Development Officers (HDOs), Organic Field Assistants, and flower growers also attended the event. The event aimed to provide in-depth knowledge of floriculture schemes.

It demonstrated the cultivation practices of floriculture plants, and how high-altitude lands are suitable for growing plants such as Gerbera, Cymbidium, Anthurium, Phalaenopsis, Lilium, Gladiolus, Alstromeria, and Rose among many others.

The Joint Director Lachungpa enumerated the benefits of floriculture schemes and proper harvesting. She asserted that the altitude of the land plays a major role in flower cultivation and farming. “Each species of flowers requires a certain altitude and temperature for proper framing along with soil suitability and conventional plantation techniques,” she further added.

She also informed about Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT), an initiative undertaken by the Government to encourage harvesting of local Marigold for limited beneficiaries. Meanwhile, Lachungpa extensively spoke about techniques and benefits required to produce different types of flowers depending upon the grower’s interest.

Appropriate site selection along with proper connectivity and ample water supply plays a huge part in the business aspect of flower farming, added Lachungpa. She also demonstrated the proper method of flower cultivation.

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