Sikkim to host India's largest flower exhibition show in February

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 13, 2013 06:20 hrs

Sikkim is hosting an international flower fair from February 23 to 27 to showcase the floral potential of the himalayan state at international level, where more than 15,000 flowers of various species will be on display for international business community, floriculturalists and flowers lovers.

Flower-growers from Australia, New Zealand, Holland, the US, Taiwan, Nepal and Thailand have confirmed their participation in the flower show along with farmers from Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and seven north-eastern states.

25 international flora companies, 30 national flora companies and 190 states flower growers organizations, Associations and Groups have confirmed their participations

"The mega show is set to attract a total of 2,00,000 domestic and international flower lovers during the five-day show period and Sikkim will be the only Indian state to grow flowers organically by the year 2015," said Sikkim Horticulture Secretary S. Pradhan

The theme of the flower show is Sikkim-Nature's own garden, while the Cymbidium orchid will be theme flower during the international flower show.

This is the second such international event in Sikkim, the first being in 2008 which had attracted one lakh visitors and 22 international companies, 65 national companies and 15 state governments had participated.

The show is being organised by the Sikkim Government, in partnership with the

Ministry of Agriculture (Government of India), Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DONER), National Horticulture Board, Northern Eastern Council APEDA, etc.

The state government will spend 5 crore rupees from its resources for the various arrangements

Sikkim's state flower, Dendrobium nobile, was taken to Queens Palace in 19th Century in England and found its way to London's Buckingham Palace.

Sikkim is also the indigenous homeland to many varieties of Cymbidium orchid and Lillium, which are presently harnessed by people across the world to establish a vibrant commercial cultivation worldwide through tissue culture and hybrid technology. The state, which occupies 0.05 percent of the Indian landmass, accounts for nearly 26 percent of its bio-diversity.

The first and only international garden show in the country will be organized at well-landscaped 10 Acres Saramsa Gardens in East Sikkim, around 12 km away from state capital Gangtok.

The venue will have all modern facilities including a well-furnished state of the art convention hall, open court, food courts, fountains with leisure shows, open air amphitheatre with a stage in natural settings and eco-friendly constructions, a VIP lounge.

In order to promote floriculture marketing, buyers and sellers meetings will organized regularly between Indian and foreign floriculturists in convention hall to exchange technical know- how and establish business linkages to promote profitable floriculture business opportunities mainly to 5000 farming families in the state.

There would be 75 stalls displaying most beautiful species of cymbidium, coronation, lily, roses and other seasonal flowers. A rare show of exotic varieties of nearly 4,500 species of flowers, orchids and other plants, native to Sikkim, will be organized to showcase creations from the world's top award-winning garden and floral designers.

Sikkim is home to around 5,000 species of flowering plants, 515 rare orchids, 60 primula species, 36 rhododendron species, 11 oak varieties, 23 bamboo varieties, 16 conifer species, 362 types of ferns and ferns allies, 8 tree ferns, and over 424 medicinal plants.

Nearly 81 percent of the area of Sikkim comes under the administration of its forest

Department, which is highest in the country.

"There is no participation fees for display stall making it most affordable to small growers to take part and relatively low conference fee of Rs 1000/-(one thousand only) has been fixed for getting maximum response from the participants," said Pradhan. (ANI)

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