Funding Woes For Floriculture

While more and more famers are coming out to go for commercial floriculture, banks are posing serious problem in financing these entrepreneurs.

More than 100 farmers in Ganjam district have applied to the banks for commercial cultivation of flowers , however receiving finance is turning out to be the biggest problem for them, admit they.

Agriculture Production Commissioner (APC) Gagan Kumar Dhal during his recent visit to Ganjam talked to the farmers and has found out that there is huge scope for floriculture in the district.

Officials admit that there is difficulties in getting loan from the banks as documentation is posing problem.

Farmers are receiving clearance from the Directorate of Horticulture as the officials in the district are proactively supporting the farmers to go for floriculture as Berhampur Market if the biggest flower market of the State and it is offring huge scope.

According to sources the Berhampur Flower Market, biggest in the State, handles over six tonnes of flowers daily and crosses the 20-tonne mark during wedding season and festivals.

“There is a large scope of developing the market for flowers in Odisha and farmers are realising the benefits of it now. The flower business in the State has seen drastic changes in the last one
decade,” says B Krishna, a leading rose producer of the state.

Rose occupies over 15 percent of the flower market demand and it is growing day by day.

Mr.Krishna has planted 40,000 rose plants at Parbatipur near Gopalpur in Ganjam and is getting average 4 lakh good quality Rose Sticks in his farm.

Exotic Rose of Dutch qulity is being produced by his farm and the project cost is over Rs.50 Lakh.

Inspite having heavy initial expenditure he is getting more than Rs.10 Lakh Per annum per Acre of rose farming, said an official.

Looking at the success of Mr.Krishna and huge scope of Rose market, over 100 farmers in Ganjam have applied for protected cultivation of flowers, however bankers are reluctant for finance their projects, rued a senior official.

While exotic flowers like Dutch Roses, Orchids, Birds of Paradise, carnations, lilies and gerberas are mostly sought after, Ganjam famers are going for Orchids in a big way.

Farmers in Ranibara of Ganjam Tehsil are farming Orchid on commercial scale.

Tarangini Pattnayak is leading from the front and have a farm over 4000 Square Meters with 40,000 Dendrobium Orchid Plants with an investment of over Rs.60 Lakhs.

National Horticulture Board (NHB) is assisting the project by 50 Percent assistance.

Ranibara village is highly suitable for Orchid cultivation due to influence of Chilika lake and Bay of Bengal.

Experts from India’s leading floriculture company Florance Flora also recently visited Ganjam district in 2014 and had briefed the farmers about the benefits of Orchid cultivation. 

The experts had also guided the farmers how to grow Orchids - the amount of sunlight which falls onto the plant must be considered, in general terms, most orchids need shade from direct sunlight, and good air movement.

District Horticulture authorities are encouraging farmers to go for Orchid farming as there is scope for orchid cultivation over 150 Acres, said Mr.Dhal.

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