The State Government is making efforts to strengthen the horticulture sector, which has reported Rs. 3,600 crore in exports during the last financial year, Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Friday.
Speaking after inaugurating the annual Republic Day Horticulture Show at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens here, he said not only has the horticulture sector provided good income but also employment opportunities to hundreds of farmers. Research in horticulture crops is getting a boost with the establishment of the Horticulture University at Bagalkot, he added.
He said mango cultivation has been extended to 70,000 hectares across the State.
Admiring the vast collection of flowering plants displayed at the show, the Chief Minister said every citizen must visit this horticulture show. It is also commendable that both the Horticulture Department and the Mysore Horticulture Society have been conducting this show since 1951, without a break.
The ambience of the historic Lalbagh moved the Chief Minister to say: “Looking at these beautiful flowers and plants, I feel like leaving politics and staying back here.” After inaugurating the flower show at the Glass House, Mr. Gowda visited the bonsai garden.