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Month-long flower fair begins in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Jan 7, 2017 (BSS)- A month-long flower fair-2017 began at Seroil Horticulture point here today aimed at meeting the gradually increasing demands of the flower-loving people.

Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) organized the fair displaying a wide range of blossoms.

The fragrance of different types of roses, marigolds, gerberas, orchids, lilies, tulips, daffodils, petunias, sunflowers, morning glories, poppies, gardenia, gougainvillea, snapdragons, dahlia, nasturtium, begonia, evening primrose, clematis, knight queen, daisies, chrysanthemums, winter flowers, bleeding hearts, cosmos, hollyhock and many others wafting through the air has been attracting throngs of people to the fair.

Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) Shafiqul Islam inaugurated the fair as chief guest.

'Flower is a gift that cannot be measured with money and that's the beauty of it', said RMP Chief Shafiqul Islam while addressing the ceremony with Acting Mayor of RCC Nizam Ul Azim in the chair.

He suggested boosting cultivation of indigenous flowers to reduce import dependence as the demand for flowers has witnessed a sharp rise in recent times in the region.

"Due to variation in climate, topography and vegetation, the region has a diversity of ornamental plants which need to be scientifically cultivated to promote export," he added.

Talking to BSS, some of the visitors said various species of flowers grow in the region and measures should be taken to cultivate more so that flowers can be turned into an export-oriented industry.

Dr Bidhan Chandra Das, a senior professor of Rajshahi University, said flowers are the most beautiful gifts of nature and people of all ages love flowers, so farmers should be encouraged to promote flower farming in the region. Farmers need tuber resource center here from where they can collect and purchase those by easy means.

He demanded storage facilities for preservation of flowers which are procured from the countryside.

Prof Bidhan Das said such facilities will benefit flower cultivators as well as provide avenues for introducing flower-based industries.