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Flower Show Scripts Success


State Level Annual Flower Show 2020 has attracted nearly two lakh spectators organized by the Regional Plant Resource Centre (RPRC) and Plant Lovers’ Association (PLA), Bhubaneswar, scripted grand success.

The Flower Show was organized at Botanic Garden of RPRC (Ekamrakanan) on 11-12 January, 2020 with the support of Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) and the Directorate of Horticulture, Odisha.
 
R Vineel Krishna, Managing Director OMC presented the awards to the successful participants on the concluding ceremony in presence of K Murugesan, Special Secretary Forest & Environment held on 12 January.
 
Rajiv Kumar, Chief Executive, RPRC and Managing Director, Odisha Forest Development Corporation(OFDC), Kshirod Pattnaik, President, Plant Lovers’ Association and other dignitaries attended the function.
 
Earlier on 11 January, Mona Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest & Environment inaugurated the Flower Show in presence of Ashok Kumar Meena, Principal Secretary, Finance and PCCF Sandeep Tripathi
 
A “Plant Bazaar” has been organised at the venue of the show, where ornamental plants, flowering plants, seeds, seedlings, garden tools and implements, fertilisers, pesticides are being made available to public at reasonable cost.
 
Besides nurseries and seed firms, exhibition stalls have been opened by the Directorate of Horticulture, Odisha, Ekamra Vana, Central Horticultural Experiment Station etc. A total of 46 organizations have participated and exhibited ornamental plants, seeds, fertilizers etc. for display and sale.
 
This year, an “Orchid” section has been introduced and more than 100 attractive species and varieties of hybrid and wild orchids are on display. 

The Plant Lovers’ Association also organised “Garden Competition” in the Capital city of Bhubaneswar to encourage the residents for raising Gardens and growing plants to add to the beauty of the City.
 
This year over more than 95 entries for Garden competitions in different categories were received. The Association also organised a Painting and Poster Competition among school children and more than 500 children from different schools of Bhubaneswar participated.

Hari Shankar Upadhyay, PCCF (Wildlife) & Chief Wildlife Warden, Odisha graced the occasion and gave away prizes to the winners of Garden and Painting competitions. Maloth Mohan, PCCF & Chairman, Odisha Biodiversity Board and PK Jha, Special Secretary, Housing and Urban Development were present.
 
This year, 500 numbers of entries have been received in Potted Flowering, Foliage, Cut Flower, Flower Arrangement, Group Display, Bonsai, Orchids, Rangoli, vegetable carving and other categories.
 
As in previous years, nearly 2 lakh visitors reached the Flower Show during these 2-days. Entry to the Botanic Garden is free for these two days and free parking inside the garden is provided for the visitors. The visitors will certainly like the ambience with beautiful landscape, sprawling lawns, greenery, picturesque lake with migratory birds and enjoy the children’s corner and boating in Ekamrakanan Lake. 
 
The scientists, staff, students and workers of RPRC; the office bearers and members of PLA have put their best efforts to make this State Level Flower Show, 2020 a success. The financial assistance from OMC and Directorate of Horticulture, Odisha and help and assistance from different participating institutions and individuals came as a great support, said Pratap Panda, Principal Scientist of RPRC.
 
 


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