CULTIVATING ROSES, JASMINES CAN BE A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS: SUMEDHA
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