Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is Floriculture still a sunrise industry in India despite all the problems with infrastructure costs like polyhouse, export licenses, and fluctuating market prices?
A: It is advised that flowers such as Gerbera or Carnations be grown first if new to polyhouse business. The reason is that these flowers are less demanding to grow and nurture compared to the diva of flowers - Roses. This was the unanimous opinion and advise of all the experts at the seminar.
Q: Is Bangalore the leader in growing cut flowers with long stem?
A: The polyhouses that we saw in/around Baramati were cultivated by traditional farmers, and not 'agri businesses' Most of the polyhouses were about 5-10 gunthas.
Q: Does demand rise rapidly during Valentine's day and collapse afterwards?
A: Agri business however may be involved in importing seeds and saplings, and cultivating and selling the same to polyhouses. This is a high tech business, which requires large capital, infrastructure and expertise.
Q: A recent study by ASSOCHAM claims that India world’s biggest rose grower. is that true?
A: Ramakrishna Karuturi may well be the world's largest producer of Roses, having a 5% global market share. However most of his production comes from Keny and Ethopia. (More than 280 hectars of roses out of about 300 hectars) Rest of the production comes from their farms from outskirts of Bangalore.
Q: Can growers rely on the domestic market if their produce is not export worthy?
A: Agricultural marketing systems and products are needed to be restructured and reoriented to meet the needs arising from the globalization process, new initiatives and measures will be required to be identified and attended to by globalization and agricultural marketing.