Saturday, February 3, 2018

Pune set to host the 13th International Flora Expo


PUNE: The floriculture industry is all set to get a huge fillip in India at the forthcoming 13th edition of annual premier event International Flora Expo 2018 scheduled to be held in Pune. Organised by renowned Media Today Group, the annual show will be held from 23rd - 25th February 2018 at the Hindustan Antibiotic Exhibition Ground at Pimpri in Pune.

The exhibition is aimed to provide a common platform for Indian and overseas industry stakeholders to explore multiple business opportunities in all aspects of the supply and value chain. The expo will also have concurrent and co-terminus events namely 12th International Landscape and Gardening Expo 2018 and 10th International Horti Expo 2018. Floriculture business interests and stakeholders from across the country and  from other countries such as Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Persian Gulf & Arabian countries etc  are participating in the country’s largest exhibition on floriculture, horticulture, garden equipments & machineries, and allied sectors.

The 13th International Flora Expo has been supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and its departments, Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture (MIDH), National Horticulture Board, National Committee on Plasticulture Applications in Horticulture, National Center for Cold-Chain Development (NCCD), Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA), Indian Nurserymen Association (INA), Association of Environment Horticulture, Indian Flowers & Ornamental Plant Welfare Association (iFlora),  and Indian Society of Floriculture Professionals (ISFP)

This 13th International Flora Expo 2018 will be setting two new milestones. Firstly, it will be hosting first ever Indian Floral Artist Championship, 2018 (IFAC) under the aegis of the Indian Flowers & Ornamental Plants Welfare Association (iflora). Top notch national level flower designers, suppliers, florists, floral artists, wedding planners who will be showcasing the latest trends in floral art and nominate for this championship  Secondly, Indian Conventions will be hosting the Flower & Plant Industry Excellence Awards 2018 to recognize the excellent efforts of Flower , Plant & Green Industry organizations and leaders whose efforts have had an everlasting impact on the green industry.

Speaking on the occasion, S Jafar Naqvi remarked, “To  give shape to the vision of the Lt President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam of one billion jobs with one billion dollar floriculture trade, and, India at the cusp of change, the floriculture industry in the country too has attained magnitude of around   Rs 9000 Cr (Euros 1.177 bn) and is marching on a growth path maintaining a steady CAGR of approximately 25% for the last five years. It is expected to attain a size of Rs 10,000 Cr. A fast expanding industry in India, the domestic flower trade has seen a huge upswing both in terms of volumes and value over the past decade. Owing to cultural and seasonal factors, floriculture has turned into one of the vital commercial trades in Agriculture.

Commercial floriculture in India is now viewed as a high growth industry particularly under protected environment   of greenhouses. Vertical farming too is booming adequately with the emerging time. Production has reached 2.23 m MTs in 2016 with loose flowers accounting for 69% share. In India flowers are used on every occasion ranging from birth to religious festivities, offering worship, marriages, functions, ceremonies etc. The country has exported 22,000 MT of floriculture products worth of Rs. 547 crore ($ 82 m) in 2016-17. Major export destinations were United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Netherlands and United Arab Emirates etc.”

Jafar further elaborated, “The objective is to further strengthen the trade bonds with newer business opportunities and explore the hitherto untapped areas both in terms of range of products and markets. The concurrent event, the 12thInternational Landscape and Gardening Expo 2018 will add further flavor to the entire gamut of landscape & green industry.”


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