India: Kashmir records growth of commercial floriculture start-ups

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Every morning, Waseem Ahmad Wani (26) leaves his home with a variety of flower saplings towards the Srinagar-Baramulla highway.

He stations at multiple places along the highway selling a variety of native as well as exotic flower saplings to the people. This has been his routine during the spring and summer seasons for the last three years and gives him enough returns to make ends meet.

“I was earlier working in a private company which gave me a very low salary. In 2021, I learned about the scope of floriculture in Kashmir and utilized my five marlas of agriculture land growing a variety of follower saplings,” he said.

Wani said he sought assistance from the floriculture department in growing exotic flower saplings. “I installed a greenhouse and bought some exotic seeds to grow them here. I am now making good money out of this trade, and I shall expand it to grow some more varieties in coming years,” he said.


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