A modern flower market will emerge in Gurugram, according to Haryana Agriculture Minister
A modern flower market will emerge in Gurugram modeled on the Aalsmeer flora market in the Netherlands, Haryana Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister JP Dalal said on Thursday.
Dalal, who was currently on an official tour in Europe with a state delegation to learn about new technologies in the field of horticulture and agriculture, visited the Aalsmeer flora market in Holland and observed the online flower auction process that takes place there.
Inspired by this market, he said that a modern, world-class flower market would be set up in Gurugram modeled on the flora market in Aalsmeer.
Flowers from the local market will be exported, he said, according to an official statement here.
“This will help increase income for flower growers in the NCR including Haryana,” he said.
Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Sumita Misra is also part of the tour.
”Around 44 million flowers come from outside to this market (from Aalsmeer) every day and 30% of the auctions are attended by local auction participants and 70% of the auctions are attended by people from ‘other countries. In this process, the auctioning of all flowers is done automatically and electronically,” he said.
The Minister of Agriculture said that after the auction, the successful bidder makes the payment online before taking delivery of the product.
“There is a large air-conditioned room for the care and maintenance of the flowers, in which the temperature is maintained between 9 and 12 degrees,” he said.
He said that this market was established in 1962 and now it has been improved from time to time.
“The annual turnover of this flower trade market is around Rs 30,000 crore and more than 5,000 flower growers and suppliers are associated with it,” he said.
The Minister of Agriculture said that a better platform can be provided to the people by establishing such flower markets in Haryana.
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