// Activities Of The Department //

At present the department maintains more than 275 gardens and parks in Kashmir covering approximately an area of 500 hectares. The number is ever increasing.

          

Although flowers are being grown in Kashmir since long but Floriculture Department has diversified its activities towards growing of flowers on commercial lines. No doubt, the potential of floriculture as an agri-business has not been exploited properly inspite of the huge demand. But during last few years most of the people especially younger generation is showing interest in growing of flowers as their trade and a good number of progressive growers in almost all the districts of the valley have been trading selected cutflowers and other floriculture products outside the State particularly to Delhi market. Besides this, changes in social values of people, rising expendable incomes and changes in Urbal-Rural population mix; some plant nurseries have come up in the Valley, selling mostly the landscape plants, pot plants and flower seedlings/bulbs. Three main considerations have contributed to the increasing importance of floriculture trade during the recent times. These are:

1. The aesthetic value of flowers in their use in decorating homes;

2. Use of flowers in social events such as marriages, social gathering and funerals, as also in religious rituals.

3. During summer months there is shortage of cutflowers in other parts of country and the flowers produced in valley supplied outside the State markets fetch premium prices particular in Delhi market. Thus main crops like gladiolus, irises, lilies, tulips, Carnations, roses and gerberas are being cultivated as an income generating activity.

          The Department is motivating people to go for this business and technical help is being provided to the growers as per the guidelines of Centrally Sponsored Schemes and other developmental programmes for the benefit of the trade. Production of quality floriculture products like cut flowers, seeds, bulbs and ornamental plants, introduction of new technologies like Hi-Tech poly structures. Besides, widening knowledge of growers by way of organizing trainings and exposure visits to other States are main key activities of the Floriculture Department Kashmir.

Public notice for Fast Food Point at Partap Park:

"Each flower is a soul opening out to nature."
-Gerald De Nerval

"Flowers bring to a liberall and gentlemanly minde the remembrance of honestie, comelinesse and all kindes of virtues."
- John Gerard