Rose culture blooms in Nagaland

January 15th, 2009 - 10:40 pm ICT by ANI  

By Vibou Ganguly Kohima, Jan.15 (ANI): Moving on the path of self-reliance, and in an effort to encourage youth, Nagaland has undertaken a new venture — rose cultivation.
Over 500 square meters of area have been set aside for its cultivation under the supervision of the state’’s Department of Horticulture. Technical know how from private companies is being provided.
The cultivation of roses has brought new hope to local entrepreneurs.
Watienla Jamir, Joint Director, Horticulture Dept, Nagaland, said: We wanted to find out the potentiality of growing rose in Nagaland, whether the quality would be good. So, around one hectare area was initiated in the Yisemyong government farm, and we found that the quality was good and of International standard and it was serving as an eye opener and model for entrepreneurs.”
Anungla, one rose exporter, said: I want to encourage the youth in Nagaland that being a part of this is very profitable for us and been engaged in something is a wonderful experience and beneficial for each and everyone of us.”
With over 20 self-help groups undertaking rose cultivation projects, the state has produced 12 lakhs (1.2 million) stems of cut roses till now with annual sales in 2008 standing at crores of rupees.
The cultivation of roses has acted as a source of employment for youths and is helping them to undertake productive activities.
Yachubeiu, a rose cultivator, said: The state government directive to display roses is a good encouragement to us beneficiaries. I believe it would rope in good money and promote rose cultivation. An idle mind promotes anti-social activities and ill thoughts, so I believe being engaged in whatever constructive activity, would usher in peace in our land.
Neisakuono, a local resident, said: Rose has good market value as it is bought for all special occasion, to decorate houses, to gif others and in programmes. People buy a lot so it has a good market generating income.”
Implemented by the Department of Horticulture, Government of Nagaland, the cultivation of roses on a commercial scale started in 2004-05. The state has received many awards for its achievements in the floriculture sector.
With the high demand for roses across the globe, Nagaland’’s decision to explore this market will act as a catalyst for economic development. (ANI)

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