The government of the state Assam, in the North-Eastern corridor of India, is going to establish a floriculture market in the Hajo area. This market will be the first of its kind in the entire northeast. Deepak Sarkar, the vice president of Assam Horticultural Society, said, “The state is lagging behind in floriculture. So the government as well as the horticultural society are giving due emphasis to modernize horticulture and floriculture in the state. We are going to establish a floriculture market in the Hajo area as the place has a huge potential for growing flowers.”

The market is located close to the the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport, which can be used for the export of flowers. Hajo has already developed as the floriculture belt. More than 200 farmers in the area produce marigold. According the Sarkar, the farmers are ignorant about exporting their products. “So we are providing them with a regulated market where they can bring their flowers and sell them as well as attract more exporters. There will be provision for both a retail and a wholesale market,” said Sarkar.

Apart from this, the state government has drawn a roadmap to develop horticulture and floriculture considering the climactic and geographical condition of different parts of the state, particularly in the two hill districts of Karbi Anglong and North Cachar Hills. Here, the horticulture department is laying emphasis on the production of cactus and passion fruit.

In some other parts of the state, the department is also going to develop anthorium-producing belts for export purpose, he added. Director of horticulture and food processing Timothy Hansaol said, “Assam is the only state in the entire northeast which has been selected for the Indo-Dutch auction plan 2013-15. This is a tie-up programme with Holland under which four projects are undertaken such as year-round tomato cultivation, natural banana ripening technique, post-harvest technology of potatoes, tissue culture and flower cultivation. This project will be implemented from April and five districts have been selected for this, namely Kamrup, Nalbari, Jorhat, Karbi Anglong and Sonitpur.”

Source: Himalayan Mirror