Farmers distribute fresh flowers to public in Hosur

To curb the popular use of artificial flowers, floriculture farmers along with allied stakeholders came together and distributed fresh cut flowers to the public near the Hosur bus stand for two hours on Monday.

Members of the Flower Council of India, floriculture farmers, Rise, and Shine Biotech, Pune (a company for nurseries), and Rishaba Foundation (an institute training students in flower decoration) came together to raise their pitch against the artificial flower industry that has come to undercut the use of fresh flowers in the domestic market. The campaign was also to protect the environment from polluting plastic flowers with a high constitution of artificial colors.

Bala Siva Prasad, president of Hosur Small Farmers Association and a member of the Flower Council of India, said a slew of guidelines had been issued by the Union and the State governments from July 1 to curb the use of single-use of plastics. “Without directly stating plastic flowers, but mentioning decorating items that are polluting, the governments have directed authorities to book owners of wedding halls, event managers, people commissioning the event including families of bride and groom for violations. This will require the active role of revenue officials and police to curb the use of plastics, and this is the awareness that we intend to create,” Mr. Prasad said.

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