Floriculture is a booming industry and the country has exported 20703.46 MT of floriculture products to the world worth of Rs. 507.31 crore/78.73 USD million in 2017-18. Major export destinations are U.S.A, Netherlands, U.K., Germany and United Arab Emirates.
Commercial floriculture has higher potential per unit area than most of the field crops and is therefore a lucrative business.
Floriculture products mainly consist of cut flowers, pot plants, cut foliage, seeds, bulbs, tubers, rooted cuttings and dried flowers or leaves.
Top three flower producing states are Tamil Nadu (20%), Karnataka (13.5%) and West Bengal (12.2%).
Odisha with its diverse agroclimatic conditions, poised to be next floriculture hub in Eastern India.
For promotion of floriculture in Odisha under CSIR Floriculture Mission, a team of scientists from CSIR-National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Lucknow visited several farmer-clusters and interacted with SHGs who are involved in floriculture in the state.
In order to strengthen and boost floriculture trade in Odisha, introduction of high value floriculture crops in the state is need of the hour informed Dr. Chandra Sekhar Mohanty, the state co-ordinator of Odisha.
Dr. Mohanty and other scientists of CSIR-NBRI, Dr. Soumit Kumar Behera, Dr. Khuraijam J Singh and Dr. Sandip Kumar Behera organized a series of training programmes for farmers and SHGs.
The scientists motivated farmers in floriculture-clusters in Cuttack, Ganjam and Koraput to scale up floriculture through CSIR Floriculture Mission.
The activities in Koraput were undertaken with support of district administration of Koraput.
Four hands-on training programmes on Dehydrated floral craft techniques were also organized to empower the women folks in the floriculture clusters.
Establishment of decentralized nursery were also initiated in Cuttack, Ganjam, Koraput and Nabrangpur.
Floriculture gardens will soon be established at premier educational institutions, the Sainik School Bhubaneswar and Kendriya Vidyalaya, Koraput to impart knowledge and enthuse interest among the student about the potential of floriculture.