TAMIL NADU

Floriculture centre likely in Bangalore

RAICHUR, DEC. 27. The Minister of State for Horticulture, Mr. Raja Amareshwar Naik, said here on Thursday that there was a proposal before the Government to establish a floriculture centre of international standards in Bangalore.

He told presspersons that the climatic conditions in and around Bangalore were favourable for floriculture. More than 35 companies were involved in export-oriented floriculture business by investing between Rs. 50 lakh and Rs. 60 lakh an acre of land. Flowers grown in Bangalore were in great demand world-wide. Some international companies had come forward to establish floriculture centres in and around Bangalore. The proposed centre would help companies involved in floriculture compete in the global market, he added.

He said preference would be given to the development of horticulture in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region. Nearly 17 lakh hectares of land in the State was under horticulture, of which, only four per cent was in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region.

Mr. Naik said a Rs. 86-crore budgetary allocation had been made for his department. He would try to get more funds in the coming Budget. About 450 farms had been developed in the State, of which 84 were in the Gulbarga Division.

Expressing concern over the shortage of electricity in rural areas, he attributed it to the poor generation at the hydel projects because of the poor monsoon. The State would have to face a tough time till the next monsoon. He expressed the hope that the Government would take steps to overcome the problem.

Mr. K.Shanthappa, Chairman of the Raichur Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee, Mr. A.Vasanthkumar, Chairman of the Raichur Development Authority, Mr. Abdul Kareem, General Secretary of the DCC, Mr. M.Eranna, former president and the Raichur City Municipal Council, were present.