Targeting the upcoming Tihar festival when demand for flowers grows manifolds, the Floriculture Association of Nepal (FAN) is organizing a flower exhibition in the capital from October 17.
The four-day ´Godawari Mela´ will be organized at the Jawalakhel Footbal Ground, Lalitpur, according to the organizers.
FAN has been organizing flower exhibition ahead of Tihar festival for the past seven years. Officials of the association said the event aims to promote domestic floriculture industry as well as promote the sale of seasonal flowers like chrysanthemum, marigold and globe amaranth for the Tihar festival.
“We are organizing the event targeting the Tihar festival when demand for flower increases,”
Lok Nath Gaire, president of FAN, told Republica. “Customers can buy flowers at the event and also get information about different varieties of flowers and the domestic floriculture industry.”
According to Gaire, the event will showcase cut flowers like gladiolus, chrysanthemum, rose, carnation, gerbera, orchid and marigold, among others.
“Consumers will find different varieties of flowers that are needed to decorate their house for the Tihar festival under one roof,” added Gaire.
The event will have altogether 35 stalls — 30 commercial stalls and remaining informative stalls. It is expected to see participation of local nurseries and other stakeholders of floriculture industry, according to Gaire.
Meanwhile, FAN General Secretary Dilip Bade said the fair intends to promote sale of chrysanthemum flower. “The demand for chrysanthemum is very high during Tihar. Nepal is self-sufficient on this flower,” Bade says. “The event also aims to make farmers competitive by assuring them market for their products.”
FAN is also organizing a competition of chrysanthemum flowers. Farmers growing top three chrysanthemum flowers will be awarded.
According to FAN, the domestic floriculture industry is expanding by 15 percent annually. Floriculture is done in nearly 137 hectares of 38 districts. Around 41,000 farmers are involved in floriculture, according to FAN.
The organizers are expecting around 20,000 visitors.