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Deputy Min­is­ter of Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment and Wildlife, Sumedha Jayasena said hor­ti­cul­tur­ists could earn a big in­come if they fo­cused at­ten­tion on cul­ti­vat­ing roses and jas­mine.

She said this when at­tend­ing a work­shop at the Ethili wewa Sri Chan­dra Bim­bara­maya tem­ple in Well­awaya where in­cen­tives were pro­vided to hor­ti­cul­tur­ists.

The deputy min­is­ter said a rose could be sold at a price be­tween Rs.35 and Rs.50 and that rose flow­ers had to be im­ported from Nether­lands and India to meet the de­mand.

“The Depart­ment of National market for the pro­duce. Ex­port of flow­ers had earned an in­come of US$13.6 mil­lion to the coun­try in 2016 and steps are now be­ing taken to in­crease it this year. Sev­eral va­ri­eties of fo­liage plants and flow­ers in­clud­ing Or­chids, Roses, An­thuri­ums, Car­na­tions are in big de­mand in for­eign mar­kets,” the Deputy Min­is­ter said.

Direc­tor of the National Botanical Gardens (Re­search and Tech­ni­cal) Sh­elomi Khrish­nara­jah, Deputy Min­is­ter’s Pri­vate Sec­re­tary Jayan­tha Ruk­mani Siri­war­dene, Co­or­di­nat­ing Sec­re­tary H.w.ajith Priyan­tha and sev­eral se­nior of­fi­cials of the National Botanical Gardens were present at the oc­ca­sion. Botanical Gardens has im­ple­mented a pro­gramme to boost hor­ti­cul­ture and to pro­vide in­cen­tives to cul­ti­va­tors. They will re­ceive equip­ment, flower pots and train­ing un­der the pro­gramme. The ob­ject of the pro­gramme im­ple­mented at Di­vi­sional Sec­re­tar­iat level is to make hor­ti­cul­ture a lu­cra­tive self em­ploy­ment en­ter­prise. It is a thrilling oc­cu­pa­tion and a plea­sur­able hobby. Even the school­child­ren could make it their hobby and earn a rea­son­able in­come. The depart­ment has taken steps to pro­vide a re­mu­ner­a­tive

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