FARMERS IN TELENGANA TURN TO PROTECTED CULTIVATION FOR GROWING EXOTIC CROPS

The cultivation of exotic crops (flowers and vegetables) has picked up dramatically in Telangana in the last three years. So much so that Telangana does not have to depend on the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Maharashtra for flowers anymore.

Organisers of events and functions, stage decorators and florists buy locally grown flower varieties like Orchids, Carnation, Gerbera, Chrysanthemum and Marigold in large quantities, while leading star hotels and restaurants lap up exotic vegetables like red and yellow Capsicum to jazz up their food.

Earlier, traders had to get these varieties from Karnataka, Maharashtra and even North Eastern states to meet their demands. The administration felt the need to incentivise cultivation on its own soil and hence extended financial and technical support to the farmers in Telangana who opted for Poly House / Green House (controlled conditions) farming.

The farmers in Telangana growing exotic crop varieties, traders and hoteliers are a lot happier. The incentives for Poly House farming have led to wide-spread cultivation of exotic crop varieties here. The authorities are encouraging farmers to go in for growing exotic varieties by the means of Protected cultivation as they bring better returns in the market.