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Anthurium adds colour to Mizoram’s flora
Published on 9 Jul. 2009 12:41 AM IST
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Mizoram with its moderate climate has become the largest Anthurium flower producer in India. The state produces 'best quality' Anthurium highly demanded within the country and abroad. At present, more than 70 varieties of Anthurium flowers are cultivated and more than 400 growers are engaged in it, said Horticulture Director Samuel Rosanglura. ''Under the Technology Mission Programme more areas are being covered to be able to meet the global markets demand,'' Mr Rosanglura added. Dubai is the biggest destination of Mizorams Anthurium, while the exporters are eyeing New Zealand and Australia as well. According to the official, the monthly income of Anthurium grower varies from Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000. ''The main problem is we are yet to meet the demand within India and abroad,'' Zo-Anthurium Growers Society secretary Lalhmangaihi said. ''This venture has not only brought about a change in the horticulture scenarios of the state, but has also uplifted the living standard of the farmers,'' he said, and attributed the success to the cordial relation between the department and the growers. According to sources from the exporter, the weekly export to Japan stands at 2,000 Anthurium flowers and there is an increasing demand. More farmers have now switched over from agriculture-based cultivation to Anthurium flower production, as it is a lucrative option for small farmers in the state. The flowers are grown along hill slopes under shade-houses with the latest Dutch varieties and modern irrigation systems. The state Horticulture Department and exporters are encouraging farmers by giving regular training for getting a more in-depth knowledge about the field, free fertilizers, seeds and pesticides. As of now there are 500 greenhouses in and around capital Aizawl and many more are coming up. To promote Anthurium flower among Mizo farmers as well as to attract tourists, the state Horticulture and Tourism Departments have initiated a colourful Anthurium Festival few years back. The Festival also serves as an exhibition for various local products like fruits, vegetables, handloom and handicrafts and cultures of the Mizos. Anthurium Festival was normally held during the month of June which sees the flower at its full bloom. However, the organisers have postponed the festival to August 7 and 8 this year due to certain reasons.

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