Grow Chrysanthemum to meet flower demand in winters

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Hisar, Jan 11 (UNI) The Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) has decided to provide advice and expertise to farmers, particularly those in the National Capital Region (NCR) on commercial farming of Chrysanthemum.

''As during the winter other flowers are almost a non-entity, the farmers around Delhi can cash on Chrysanthemum to meet the unmet demands of flowers for export and local marketing,'' HAU Vice- Chancellor J C Katyal said after inaugurating the two-day Chrysanthemum Flower Show and Competition here today.

The flowers bloom for about a month when most of the other flowers wither away in the extreme cold, he said adding that the university would help the farmers grow Chrysanthemum varieties.

Mr Katyal said there are now about 600 varieties of Chrysanthemum in the world now and India is growing about 100 of these. Colder the weather, healthier will be the flower, he added.

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