STAFF REPORT FAISALABAD: Despite a huge potential of producing good quality of flowers, the countrys floriculture share in the international market is negligible.
This was stated by University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan while presiding over the inaugural session of seminar titled “Prospects of bulbous flower production” in Pakistan. It was organised by the Institute of Horticultural Sciences in collaboration with Green Works, Lahore.
The Vice Chancellor said that changes in lifestyle and better standards of living had boosted up the requirement for the flo- riculture products. He said the country was facing the challenge of unemployment and poverty. The floriculture industry will provide employment to labour at a massive scale. He also called for promoting floriculture, especially in our country to get the foreign exchange. He said that flower production had jacked up in Faisalabad, Sheikhpura, Kasur, Okara, Sahiwal, Chunian and Gujrawala.
Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Professor Dr Riaz Ahmad said that investment in the floriculture sector can get maximum profit by making the product valueadded. He said that northern areas have very rich flora and germplasms, which have not been exposed to the world. It can not only increase our floriculture industry but also help allevi- ate the poverty