Anthurium growers given subsidy

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Madikeri, Aug 8 (UNI) Central Anthurium Board Director P K Singh has said that the Union ministry to encourage floriculture which was emerging as a major foreign exchange earner had sanctioned Rs 13.5 crore as subsidy to growers of Anthurium in Karnataka last year.

Mr Singh who was in Kodagu yesterday, visited some anthurium growing yards in and around the town.

Speaking to UNI he said Karnataka was the second biggest grower of Anthurium next to Maharashtra. The flowers grown in Kodagu were deemed to be of very good quality and there was very good export potential to it.

He gave details of the benefits of subsidy being provided to floriculturists through the board and said that people should come together in groups to maximise benefits and ensure better marketing and transportation.

He disclosed that the board would start an online marketing system and one such centre would be opened at Madikeri.

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