The Floriculture Association of Nepal (FAN) is organizing the 3rd International Flora Expo 2017 in the Exhibition hall, Exhibition Road from March 30 to April 2.
The four-day expo has been promoted by the Ministry of Agricultural Development and will showcase seasonal flowers, decorative plants, dry flowers, orchids, compost manure, greenhouse, agricultural tools and equipment, packing materials and irrigation technology. The theme of International Flora Expo 2017 is “Floriculture Business for Peace, Prosperity and Hygienic Environment.”
The expo will have a total of 100 stalls. According to the FAN, there will be 28 stalls of international exhibitors.
There will also be a floriculture competition in 10 categories. Some interesting categories are the best seasonal flower, best decorative plant, best flowering plants, best stall and best cut flower, among others. The winner in each category will receive a cash prize and a certificate, FAN announced.
The association says this flora expo will be useful for people who want to go into the floriculture business besides flower lovers who are passionate about gardening. International Flora Expo 2017 will also help people to find out about the new floriculture technologies at the exhibition, too.
Dilip Bade, coordinator of the expo said, “A wide range of floriculture technologies from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, China and South Korea will be demonstrated at the fair.”
According to the FAN, floriculture sector has been providing employment to more than 41,000 people directly or indirectly. The flora business sector recorded transaction worth Rs. 1.52 billion in the Fiscal Year 2015/2016. The demand for flowers has been increasing at the rate of 12 to 15 percent annually and sales mainly go up during wedding seasons and Tihar festival.
Currently, there are 675 commercial nurseries in 39 districts. Kathmandu, Pokhara, Narayanghat, Hetauda, Kavrepalachok, Biratnagar, Dharan, and Dhangadhi are the key producers of flowers.
The organizers are expecting around 65,000 visitors and transactions worth around 7.5 million during the four-day expo this year.
Reference: The Himalayan Times