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TERI To Promote Floriculture In Goa

Admitting that Goa has great potential for floriculture but lacks in technology and dissemination of information, the Tata Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has decided to promote floriculture in the State in a big way.
“Given the flourishing hospitality industry in Goa, there is great potential for floriculture,” said Dr, Anjali Parasnis, Area convenor of TERI Mumbai and pointed out that a mere one per cent of land under horticulture in Goa is used for floriculture.
She said the climate in Goa is conducive for floriculture and referred to jasmine, marigolds and chrysanthemums being grown in the State for quite some time now.
She said TERI has decided to undertake various programmes to promote horticulture in Goa and ssured that the farmers will get reasonably good returns on this crop particularly since the Government of Goa has some good incentives including 90 per cent subsidy.
Goa currently has a market of around Rs. 15 crore per annum for flowers and most of the flowers are procured from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka. In Goa the annual production of flowers is a meager 40 tonnes carried out over only 25 hectares of land.
Dr Prasanis identified lack of knowledge on cultivation, packaging and storage of flowers to be the main cause for floriculture not being taken up by farmers in Goa.

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