The two-day Vasantotsav- Spring Festival 2019 concluded at the Raj Bhawan here on Sunday. Governor Baby Rani Maurya, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and the State’s Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Subodh Uniyal along with participants and members of public were also present on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the governor said,“The main objective of this event was to encourage farmers to cultivate flowers. This will also help in increasing their income and further improve their condition.”
She quoted verses by Makhanlal Chaturvedi on the importance of flowers. She further said, “All information from seed to cultivation and harvesting of flowers was exhibited in the two-day exhibition along with the display of the modern equipment of horticulture. Information about Government schemes has also been given during the event. All this will go a long way towards benefiting cultivators and those interested in floriculture,” opined the Governor.
Expressing his views on the occasion, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, “Organising such events provides encouragement to those who cultivate flowers. At the time of the creation of Uttarakhand State, about 150 hectares was being used for cultivation of flowers which has now increased to about 1533 hectares. Increase in the sphere of flower cultivation in Uttarakhand is a good sign. Climatic zones of our state also provide the opportunity to produce many species of flowers. There is a lot of demand in the flower market as flowers are needed for every occasion in life,” he said.
The Agriculture and Horticulture minister Subodh Uniyal said, “Spring Festival 2019 gave a chance to the flower producers, flower businessmen and others to congregate in one place and to increase their business.
The State’s business in flowers is now worth about Rs 200 crore. Flowers grown in the state have been in high demand especially in the Char Dham shrines of the state,” he added.
On the occasion, prizes were given away to participants in various categories. The Uttarakhand Forest Department received prizes in 13 categories, Indian Military Academy (IMA) in six categories, ONGGC in five categories, and IIT Roorkee got the running trophy in four categories. A total of 150 first, second and third prizes were distributed in 50 subcategories of nine main categories to various participants.
Visitors find products costlier than last year
On the last day of the Spring Festival 2019, the Raj Bhawan witnessed a huge crowd of people on Sunday. However, many of the visitors stated that the prices of various products were much higher this year as compared to the previous year.
A resident from Rajpur Road, Meenakshi Sharma said, “The spring festival this time has fewer stalls then previous years. Also, very little preference has been given to the Garhwali and Kumaoni handicraft products. Like last year there were stalls from Pithoragarh and Chamoli showcasing their handicraft products. This year I could not see such stalls here.”
Another local, Meena from Defence Colony said, “The rate of the products is considerably high this time.
Last year the small saplings of flowering plants were being sold for Rs 20 or Rs 30 which has increased this year and reached Rs 50 or Rs 60. This is much higher than the market rates,” she opined.
Monday, 11 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun