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Mizoram anthurium flowers to lure international market

Written by: Staff

Aizawl, Aug 23: With the aim to boost the horticulture economy in the region, Mizoram government has chalked out a blue-print to export huge quantity of high quality Anthurium flowers across the globe.

In its first move, the state horticulutre department today despatched the first consignment of anthurium flowers to Dubai, UAE.

The first despatch of flowers came, after Zo Aunthurium Growers Society (ZOAGS), under state horticulture department, signed an memorandum of understanding with Zopar exports for a regular supply of anthurium flowers to Dubai based multinational company Al-locrits International Llc, UAE for the period of two years.

According to the contract, a minimum of 2000 high quality of anthurium stem will be exported to the Gulf countries on weekly basis.

Talking to UNI here on the flag-off cermony, horticulture director Samuel Rosanglura pointed out that currently the anthurium seeds and and other materials were being imported from Netherlands and said at present there are 74 exotic varities of anthurium is cultivated in the state, which is the best in the country and of which 13 varieties, would exported across the globe within short period of time.

Besides this, we would also be exporting 'Leather leaf fern' and for which a contract would be signed shortly with some internatinal export agencies.

There are about recognised 335 anthurium growers under ZOAGS across the state, where they have been trained by the horticulture department by providing all the raw materials to produce international quality of anthurium flowers, he said.

''After a brief visit of the various plantation sites in Amsterdam and in Coorg (Karnataka), our officers and field functionaries of the department have already identified potential growers and areas in and around the state,'' he said adding, ''prior to the introduction of the actual cultivation, market feasibility and its significance and predicaments was also throughly surveyed'', he said.

Mr Samuel also claimed that Mizoram anthurium was awared the best quality during last year's International banana festival held in DELHI expo, which was held in Banglore.

''This year our anthurium growers were called for an another International flower expo, which is to held in New Delhi by next month,'' he said.

Deputy Dirctor E Saipari also underlined that it is the aim of the department to make the state the abode of flowers and said ''the productivity and quality of the Anthurium is high and all the growers were enjoying monthly regular income of Rs 7000-8000, while generating employment not only to themselves but also other young unemployed people''.

Dr Saipari mentioned that other flowers like roses, bird of paradise, gladiolus, chrysanthemum, statice, Zinnia Vinca, Gerbera, Boungainvillea, marigold, ferns, palms ficuls will be covered under the new horticulture technology mission.

A model floriculture center has also been established at Horticulture centre, Chite where in model rose, bird of paradise and improved varieties of orchid and phaelenopsis were also introduced to cultivate in larger scale in the state, Dr Saipari explained.


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