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HindustanTimes Thu,31 Jul 2014

Indian flower seeds better than that of China: Holland-based importers

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, March 09, 2014
First Published: 21:31 IST(9/3/2014) | Last Updated: 21:32 IST(9/3/2014)

Holland, one of the leading flower seed importing country, trusts Indian seeds more as compared to China.

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"Indian seeds are much better in terms of quality and germination and thus European Union prefers India for importing the seeds ", said a business delegation of the importers, who along with the director horticulture, Punjab, visited field of Biocarve Seeds at Dhablan village on Nabha Road.

Biocrave Seeds, a leading exporter of seeds to western countries, organised a meeting of the progressive farmers, who had adopted the floricuture as profession with the director, horticulture, Dr Lajwinder Singh Brar and foreign delegates Frans and Reinoud.

Dr Allah Rang, former professor of Punjab Agricultural University, took the delegates to fields, where the delegation had discussion with the farmers.

The foreign delegates said that Europe had huge demand of flower seeds and India can tap the potential as the Indian seed quality as compared to other countries is much better and trusted.

Director, horticulture, Lajwinder Singh Brar informed that Punjab was making big strides in the exports of the flower seeds to western countries. He said that apart from that floriculture, the Punjab Government is encouraging the farmers to go for the farming of guava, citrus, litchi and other alternatives to break the paddy, wheat pattern.

Dr Allah Rang said that the farmers can increase their income by adopting floricuture which gives at least Rs. 60,000 per acre for a crop, which is much more than paddy and wheat.

Biocraves Seeds honoured progressive farmers, who has Rs. 1 lakh or more from one acre per crop by adopting floriculture.

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