The 7th International Horti Expo 2015 and 10th International Flora Expo 2015 inaugurated by Shri Dhanpat Singh, IAS (ACS-Agriculture)
NewZNew (Chandigarh) : Flowers have always been humans as object of affection and for display of affection & love. We have tradition of flower growing in homes & gardens from ancient times. Recently, the flowers, plants & high quality exotic fruits have come up as India’s Premium fair for Business Oriented Horticulture, Floriculture & Landscape Gardening With the world becoming full of hatred and anger, it is our duty and responsibility to help erase some of it in our own way. What better medium than nature to connect humans, and plants and flowers. Flowers always delight and bring a smile to everybody’s face. Keeping this spirit in mind and making world a better place to live Chandigarh is hosting the 7th International Horti Expo 2015, along with 10th International Flora Expo 2015 at Fair Ground, Sector 34, Chandigarh. The Grand exhibitions were inaugurated by Shri Dhanpat Singh, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary – Agriculture, Government of Haryana along with other dignitaries and VIPs.
This grand event, that is a platform to transform Indian horticulture sector from traditional ‘culture’ to Farm Business has all inputs requires to turn a barren land into flourishing floriculture & Horticulture business. From Best Quality Planting Material, to Greenhouses for growing horti-crops, from sowing to harvesting and packaging, a layman can see the entire Horticulture Business under one roof. For three days i.e. 20-22 Feb. 2015. Horticulture & floriculture wealth of Indian nation as also technologies & inputs from many countries. Different States have set up Theme Pavilions displaying Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Farm Machineries & Equipment, Potato Products & Technologies, Cold Chain & Logistics, Seed, Agrochemical & Irrigation, Organic, Agri Finance & Insurance, Processing & Packaging, Medicinal Herbal products, Fresh Retailing, and Floriculture Wealth & Technology.
The expo, which has the Union Ministry of Agriculture as its Principal Sponsor, has a host of other departments including Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Horticulture Board and Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States. It is supported by the NCCD – National Centre for Cold-Chain Development , Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), and Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora).
Paradise for Plant Lovers : iFlora has setup a theme pavilion of excellent quality plants from across the nation. The indoor plants specially suited to Delhi market have been collected from Nurseries in Pune, Hyderabad, Kerala, UP hills and other places
With over 300 million middle and higher income population, India is the world’s 2nd largest consumer base and fastest growing retail destination. Fresh fruits, vegetables & food intake are increasing and contribute to 13% of total organized retail that offers significant scope for investment in all related sectors. A huge domestic market supports high quality export oriented F & V production & value addition by providing a unique competitive edge. India, China and Pakistan along with other countries of the region make South Asia, the world’s largest market. Therefore, 5th International Horti Expo 2015 will be an eye opener to the farmers and other stake-holders of every segment of agriculture and allied activities who want to expand and diversify their activities.
“Flowers & Fruits are unique things. A person can refuse chocolate or pastry, but not flowers. And flowers are for every occasion, even death, “says by Mr. S. Jafar Naqvi President, President, Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora). He further added, “And due to rising income, aspirations of the new generation, globalization and internet, people in India are willing to spend lavishly on floral decoration. So, this news can be music to the ears of anyone wanting booty out of bourgeoning Indian floral decoration markets through flowers and floral accessories”.
Jafar further says, “iFlora and Flora Expo aim to increase per capita flower consumption even further to give more impetus to floriculture industry. We can’t have better time, and sky is the limit.”
The Ministry of Agriculture is aiming to double the production of all horticulture crops through MIDH, NHB, HMNEHS and disseminating latest and modern practices of production and post harvest care. Thereby, it is also creating opportunities of mass employment for people in rural Indian areas by encouraging them to diversify from traditional crops to high value horticulture crops. All this helps in long term economic development.