Nepal: Government bans import of roses on the eve of Valentine's Day

On the eve of Valentine's Day, the government has decided to ban the import of fresh roses from abroad. The Ministry of Agriculture issued a notice and decided to stop the import permit of rose flowers.

The Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Center under the ministry issued a notice on Thursday and directed the subordinate border offices not to issue import permits. By writing to the offices of 15 customs offices of Nepal, India, and China borders, the Center has banned the import of rose flowers, citing special reasons.

The notice states that roses cannot be imported from Kakadbhitta in the east to Gadda Chowki in the west and any customs points in the north. "All the offices under the center are requested not to issue rose flower import permits unless there is another arrangement for special reasons," the circular said.

The Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Center said that due to the risk of plant diseases, the import has been stopped for the time being. The Center has asked to understand that it is on hold rather than stopped. Mahesh Chandra Acharya, information officer of the Center, said that the import was immediately stopped due to the possibility of diseases and insects in the vegetable products.


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