Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: Flower growers of Ganjam district have urged the government evolve a proper network for transportation of flowers from interior areas to the ‘mandi’ in Bhubaneswar.

They came with a detailed plan to senior officials of the Horticulture Department, who visited the flower mart of the Ganjam District Flower Growers’ Association (GDFGA), on Saturday.

Agricultural Production Commissioner S.P. Nanda, director of horticulture T.D. Sharma, deputy director of horticulture Kailash Panigrahi were present at the meeting. It may be noted that Ganjam is one of the major flower producers in the State.

Collection points

Secretary of GDFGA Sridhar Verma said they urged the government to have common collection points for flowers at places like Digaphandi, Aska, Bhanjanagar, Polasara, Purushottampur so that farmers in interior pockets could sell their produce in an organised manner to get better profit. They also wanted block-level flower growers’ associations to be formed to promote the marketing network.

Mr. Verma said flowers can reach the collection points from interior pockets through passenger buses. And through a proper network the same buses could be used to carry the flowers to Bhubaneswar.

We want the government to provide us some space near Baramunda bus stand in Bhubaneswar to store flowers coming from different parts of Ganjam. From the storing point in Baramunda, the flowers will be transported to Kusum Vatika Mandi, the largest market and auction point for flowers in the State.

According to Mr. Verma, if this marketing network becomes a reality, flower growers in interior areas would get five times their present income. The ‘rajnigandha’ flowers that are sold at Rs. 25 a kg at producers’ point fetch Rs. 170 a kg during auction at the ‘mandi’ in Bhubaneswar, he said.