Looking to give a boost to the flower market in the country, the 5th International Horti Expo 2013, along with the 8th International Flora Expo 2013, is being organised in Delhi from January 11-13.
S. Jafar Naqvi, president, Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iFlora), said the event iFlora and Flora Expo aim to increase the per capita flower consumption even further to give more impetus to floriculture industry.
As per Naqvi, the expo will have the Union Ministry of Agriculture as its Principal Sponsor, along with host of other departments including National Horticulture Mission, National Horticulture Board and Horticulture Mission for North East & Himalayan States. It is supported by the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Food Processing & Packaging Machinery Industry Association, Irrigation Association of India, National Medicinal Plant Board, and Indian Flowers and Ornamental Plants Welfare Association.
The event's Theme Pavilion will be on Fresh Fruits & Vegetables, Farm Machineries & Equipment, Potato Products & Technologies, Cold Chain & Logistics, Seed, Agrochemical & Irrigation, Organic, Agri Finance & Insurance, Processing & Packaging, Medicinal Herbal products, Fresh Retailing, and Floriculture Wealth & Technology.
As per Naqvi with over 300 million middle and higher income population, India is the world's 2nd largest consumer base and fastest growing retail destination. Fresh fruits, vegetables & food intake are increasing and contribute to 13 per cent of total organized retail that offers significant scope for investment in all related sectors.
FLORA EXPO 2013 would offer an opportunity in India for international suppliers to meet and trade with all of them on one single platform.