Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Thanks to drought, farmers taking to floriculture
Chainpur (Bihar), Nov 2: Changeover from traditional crop farming to floriculture by several farmers of Chainpur village in Bihar is taking place, due to drought-like conditions in the region.
An increasing number of farmers in Chainpur village of Masaurhi subdivision near Patna are substituting traditional farming with flower cultivation.
Nawal Kumar, a floriculturist who used to grow wheat and rice earlier feels that growing flowers is more beneficial.
“The production of wheat and rice was not good this year. So we have switched over to flower cultivation. It is beneficial as it is providing profits. The flower cultivation requires less water for irrigation. Hence it is very beneficial,” he said.
He also said that a farmer earns around Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 from the cultivation of less than half acre of land.
Traditional harvest of the farmers was damaged due to delayed monsoon and deficient rainwater. Floriculture is the new best alternative for farmers fearing low yield and a heavy loss.