Sikkim to bloom in world flori-biz?

Gangtok:  Sikkim hosted its International Flower Festival in the last week of February. Nine countries participated, as well as governments of seven Indian states, reports CITIZEN JOURNALIST NAMITA PRADHAN.

Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling stated that the  primary objective of the exhibition was to show case Sikkim’s floral treasure to the global level players in the  floriculture business arena. Sikkim organised its first international flower fest in 2008. This is the second edition of the festival.

“Highly encouraging response of the first exhibition remained as s a major driving force behind the exhibition this year,” said Mr. Karma Gyatso the state Chief Secretary.skm flower

The five day long mega exhibition at Saramsa Garden near Gangtok  drew representatives from 9 countries including Global Giant in floral business Netherlands. There were also 7 Indian state Governments including Kerala, Mizoram, Karnataka. 31 private players participated, and a total 82 stalls were built. Some  two lakh visitors came to the fesival.

Sikkim, the newest member of North East Council hosts a bio diversity treasure of around 5000 species of flowering plants, 600 species of orchids, 240 species of trees and ferns, 150 varieties of gladioli, 36 types of rhododendrons along with a variety of magnolias and many other foliage plants. With all these in hands, the state is celebrating 2012-2013 as the year of horticulture.

According to Mr. S. K. Pradhan, Chairperson of the international flower show 2013 organizing committee and state Secretary of Horticulture and Cash crop Development Department, the flower show is expected to put Sikkim in the world floriculture map while providing significant synergy to the field of tourism too, a major economic pillars of the state. “With such a varied topography and rich biodiversity, India as a whole and especially Sikkim is a dreamland for anyone in floriculture business.

Though Sikkim’s presence is not yet very bold in international market of over $ 25 billion, it hosts immense potential to be so in newer future,” said Mr. Jan Willem Mantel, Area Export Manager of ‘De Jong Lelies,’ a major global level company dealing with Lilies from Netherlands.

[Report by citizen journalist Namita Pradhan]

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