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Production cost hits lilium cultivation

Enlightening: Floriculturists participating in a seminar on contract farming in Udhgamandalam on Saturday.—

Enlightening: Floriculturists participating in a seminar on contract farming in Udhgamandalam on Saturday.—   | Photo Credit: Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

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Seminar held to create awareness on contract farming

Udhagamandalam: A seminar to promote contract farming among cultivators of lilium in the Nilgiris was organised under the aegis of the Department of Horticulture and a Bangalore-based export firm Zopar Exports Private Limited here on Saturday.

Challenges

Pointing out that the objective of the seminar was to enhance awareness among the floriculturists about the advantages of contract farming, the Assistant Director of Horticulture Jagadeesh Kumar, told The Hindu that barring a couple of resourceful growers, many of the lilium farmers here had to cope with a number of challenges since the cost of production was high.

However, cultivation of liliums was worthwhile because it was a high value crop. It was in considerable demand and commanded a price of about Rs.14 to 15 a stem. Its vase life was also more.

Ideal for growing

The conditions in the Nilgiris particularly in Kotagiri, Coonoor and Ketti were ideal for growing liliums.

Stating that at present about ten acres were under liliums, he said that if concerted efforts were made about 50 acres can be brought under the crop.

Among those who enlightened the farmers about contract farming in lilium were the Chief Executive Officer, Zopar Exports, M. Nasser and Dirk Warmerdan, Sales Executive of Royal Van Zanten, Netherlands.

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