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Oct 13, 2009

Kovai Flower show during Jan !


Tulips from Holland and orchids from Thailand will be among the major attractions at the third edition of Covai Flower Show that will be held by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Uptown at the university’s botanical garden on Marudamalai Road on January 9 and 10 next year.

University Vice-Chancellor P. Murugesaboopathy told presspersons on Monday that the display of varieties of flowers and cut foliages would be aimed at encouraging people to raise gardens in houses, offices and industrial units. A message to children on conserving Nature was the other objective.The show would bring together the flower and garden industry professionals, buyers, wholesalers, importers and growers from all over the country.

The show would have 13 galleries of cut flowers. And, each gallery would have about 200 varieties of these, said M. Jawaharlal, Head of the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping at the Horticultural College and Research Institute of the university. And, these would include 100 varieties of roses.The Vice-Chancellor said that this time 110 stalls would be put up, as against the 70 at the previous edition in 2006. The first edition was in 2005. Asked why the event was not held in the last two years despite the claim of good response to the one in 2006, he said there were a number of reasons, but these could not be discussed now. The focus now was to make the forthcoming event a success.

The recent trends in the floriculture industry would be explained in the form of exhibits by the various sections involved in the field.Competitions in painting and poem writing would be conducted for school and college students with the significance of conservation of Nature as the theme.

Stress relief

Flower arrangement to propagate the idea of stress relief using flowers, flower rangoli, vegetable carving and photography would be the other competitions.Competitions for the best college/institution garden, best home garden and best corporate garden would also be held. These competitions were tentatively planned for November 29 at the university.

A committee comprising the District Collector, City Police Commissioner and university authorities would be constituted to oversee all the arrangements required for the successful conduct of the event. “We may even request for special buses from the railway station and bus stands to the botanical garden,” Mr. Murugesaboopathy said.

Cut flower market

India’s share in global cut flower export was only one per cent. Holland led with 54 per cent and Israel was above India with four per cent.But, the internal consumption in India was at 24 per cent, more than the international rate of 15 per cent. Mr. Jawaharlal said.

Entry fee

The Vice-Chancellor said the entry fee would remain at Rs. 10 for adults and Rs. 5 for children, as in the previous edition, though the cost of conducting the fair had gone up now. The exhibition would be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.For more details, the following persons could be contacted:

Head of the Department of Floriculture and Landscaping (phone: 0422-6611230, e-mail: flowers@tnau.ac.in ); President of the Rotary Club of Coimbatore Uptown (phone: 93631-03457) and Secretary of the club on phone number 93455-77088, e-mail: jungledoctor007@yahoo.in

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