India has a reputation throughout the world as a soft power. Well now it’s ‘flower power’ is blooming, as the country emerges as the second largest producer of flowers around the world, second only to China.
According to the data of the National Horticulture Board for 2012-13, about 2,33,000 hectares across the country was used for floriculture purpose. It’s production was 17,29,000 metric tonnes (MT) of loose flowers, as well as, 76,732 lakh cut flowers.
In terms of states, Andhra Pradesh is the leader in loose flowers production with 2,24,410 MT cultivated over an area of 34,850 hectares, followed by Karnataka at 2,07,500 MT cultivated in an area of 29,700 hectares. Tamil Nadu comes a close third position.
But, West Bengal is certainly the largest producer in cut flowers with 25,429 lakh pieces, followed closely by Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Other major cut flower producing states include Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Assam, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand.
The production of loose flowers is known to have almost tripled between the 8th Plan and the 11th Plan according to K.V. Prasad, head of the Division of Floriculture and Landscaping at the Indian Agriculture and Research Institute.
Over the same period of time, the area under flower cultivation expanded by up to 2.69 times. Traditional flower sector grew from around 71,000 hectares at the end of the 8th Plan to about 1,91,000 hectares by the end of the 11th Plan.
According to experts, this record increase in area and yield was achieved because of favourable agroclimatic conditions in the Indian subcontinent.
The rise in area under flower cultivation is also attributable to the following reasons-
- strong rise in domestic demand
- strong demand for flowers throughout the world especially for special events like Christmas, New Year’s eve, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
So be part of this flower revolution by gifting your loved ones with beautiful flowers. That of course is very easy now with online flower delivery coming into vogue in India.