Flora Expo begins in Kathmandu

Saffron flowers in the fields [image by PG Goran]

Kathmandu, March 15

The 25th edition of the Flora Expo began at Bhrikutimandap in Kathmandu on March 14. Organised by the Floriculture Association of Nepal and the Floriculture Development Centre, the Expo will run until March 17.

Chairman of the Association, Min Bahadur Tamang, shared that 73 stalls including 60 commercial ones, three landscaping, eight official and others are on display at the expo.

The organisers have expected around 50,000 visitors and business transactions worth Rs 10 million in the Expo. The Association said Nepal is now self-reliant on flower production in most seasons except for the Tihar festival.

With the rise in demand for flowers, flower production and farming have increased to 43 districts in the country including Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kaski, Chitwan, Makawanpur, Kavre, Gulmi, Palpa, Dhading, Morang and others.

Nepal produces some 450 species of flowers and it does business for more than Rs 3 billion annually.

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