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Exhibition of ornamental fishes and flower arrangements main draw at flower show

: Additional Chief Secretary K. Jayakumar on Sunday inaugurated a one-day seminar on floriculture organised as part of the ongoing Flower Show and Aquarium Show 2011 at the Kanakakkunnu Palace in the capital city.

Speaking at the function, Mr Jayakumar said the Agri-Horticultural Society should function as a nodal agency in delivering financial assistance to floriculturists through various agencies like NABARD.

More than 60,000 visitors visited the flower show in the last two days, a statement released here said.

A highlight of the show is the exhibition of flower arrangements prepared by contestants of the flower arrangement competitions.

The next section of flower arrangement competition will be held on January 11. Those who are interested in participating in the competition may contact phone 9447166606.

Exhibition of ornamental fishes is another major attraction of the flower and aquarium show this year. The exhibition includes rare fishes such as Alligator gar and Stingray from foreign countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

The State Fisheries Department, Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and Matsyafed are also participating in the ornamental fish exhibition.

The CMFRI stall at the exhibition includes rare varieties of fishes and sea creatures such as sea horse, Koran Angelfish, Blue Dancer, different types of butterfly fish, lion fish, coral reefs, sea anemones, button polyps, parrot fish and sea weeds. The Arowana fish, considered auspicious under Vaastushasthra and which costs around Rs 2 lakh in the market, is another star of the show.

Indigenous varieties of fishes like Puntius denisonii are also exhibited at the aquarium show.

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