Staff Reporter

For the benefit of flower-cultivating farmers in and around it

Nagercoil: The Government will set up a floriculture research station at Thovalai for the benefit of farmers raising flower crops in and around Kanyakumari district, said Minister for Tourism N. Suresh Rajan.

Speaking to The Hindu on Friday, he said that flower producers were being put to untold hardship as they could not preserve their produce at Thovalai. When this sorry state was brought to the notice of the Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, he directed the officials to set up a floriculture research station with cold storage facility to help the farmers to sell their produce for a better price.

This facility will uplift the socio-economic status of farmers in these pockets, particularly Thovalai, who were exporting flowers to other countries through Thiruvananthapuram.

Perfume unit

Thovalai is famous for its jasmine, `pichi' and `Sevvanthi' flowers. Jasmine farmers have been demanding the government to establish a perfume unit in the area.