Tips on floriculture for SHGs

Kalimpong, Jan. 7: In a bid to promote floriculture in the hills, the Kalimpong project of the Comprehensive Area Development Corporation is organising a training programme for members of self-help groups (SHGs) here.

Forty-nine participants from Kurseong and Darjeeling have joined the eight-day programme, which began at Disha here yesterday.

Apart from floriculture, they are also being taught how to optimise output of cash crops, like orange, ginger and cardamom. “We have been conducting such programmes since 2003,” said D.N. Pradhan, the field staff and village organiser of the corporation. A unit of the panchayat and rural development department, it started the cut-flower variety of gerbera in the state.

After taking such a training, cultivators have increased their output, said K.B. Mangar, another field staff. His claim was vouched by Mrinal Kanti Gain, a member of the Jyotinagar United SHG of Phansidewa. “Following the training, I sell one stick of gerbera at Rs 13, which earlier used to fetch me Rs 5 only.”

The programme includes both theory and practical lessons. “This batch will attend six days of theory classes and two days of field work,” said Pradhan. “Once they finish the classes, the SHGs can avail of loans to start commercial cultivation.”

One thought on “Tips on floriculture for SHGs

  1. Dr. R.D.N.Singh

    Having visited the city in 1985,I can visualise the potential of the place. Having about thirteen years experience I can foresee that it has the greatest advantage of climate and can produce not only Gerberas but other crops like Dutch cut roses and Carnations of excellent quality.


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