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INDIA: Farmers take to profitable tuberose cultivation in South

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Owing to good profit margins, the farmers in Pennagaram, a picturesque hamlet near the Dharmapuri district in India's southern state of Tamil Nadu are fast picking up the tuberose cultivation. According to the officials, the total acreage under floriculture in the district is growing at the rate of 20 per cent every year. S. Mukundhan, Assistant Director of Horticulture of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu said that tuberose being a profitable crop, the farmers are increasingly picking up this option. "As far as the tuberose is concerned it is one of the important flower crops in Pennagaram block. The farmers are cultivating around 120 hectares of the area. Day by day the tuberose (farming) area is increasing due to various factors. One (reason) is that the market is very good, good price (is there) for farmer. As well as (it is) less laborious," said Mukundhan. The state horticulture department has taken efforts to promote flower cultivation and it provides subsidy up to Rs 45, 000(USD 990) per hectare for taking up tuberose cultivation. M. Dhanapal, a tuberose farmer said that tuberose cultivation leads to good profit margins and a good yield. "In today's markets the Sampangi (tuberose) flowers costs Rs 30 to 40 per kilogram (USD 0.66-0.88) and the hybrid costs Rs 40 to 50 (USD 0.88-1.10) per kilogram and it is beneficial. And for one acre we get 50 kilograms of flower in normal and in hybrid we get more, the cultivation is also easier and starts in three months, we get good yield and profits in one year," said Dhanapal. Apart from providing subsidy for farmers, the horticulture department also organises training programs to teach various tuberose cultivation practices. Tuberose is a prominent plant in Indian culture and mythology. The flowers are used in various traditional rituals including weddings, religious ceremonies or in garlands and decorative purposes. Owing to its pleasing fragrance, the oil extracted from the flower is often used as a perfume. The major area under domestic flower in Tamil Nadu is with other traditional flowers like Jasmine, Crossandra and Chrysanthemum, etc. With its varying climatic conditions in the hill ranges and plain, Tamil Nadu offers good scope for the production of different varieties of flower crops.

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DHARMAPURI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (JANUARY 07, 2011) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC) TUBEROSE FARM WOMAN WORKING IN THE FARM FARMERS WORKING FARMER PLUCKING THE TUBEROSE BUDS FARMERS WORKING TUBEROSE PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) S. MUKUNDHAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE, DHARMAPURI DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU, SAYING: "As far as the tuberose is concerned it is one of the important flower crops in Pennagaram block. The farmers are cultivating around 120 hectares of the area. Day by day the tuberose (farming) area is increasing due to various factors. One (reason) is that the market is very good, good price (is there) for farmer. As well as (it is) less laborious." WOMEN PLUCKING TUBEROSE BUDS TUBEROSE BUDS (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) M. DHANAPAL, TUBEROSE FLOWER FARMER, SAYING: "In today's markets the Sampangi (tuberose) flowers costs Rs 30 to 40 per kilogram (USD 0.66-0.88) and the hybrid costs Rs 40 to 50 (USD 0.88-1.10) per kilogram and it is beneficial. And for one acre we get 50 kilograms of flower in normal and in hybrid we get more, the cultivation is also easier and starts in three months, we get good yield and profits in one year." TUBEROSE BUDS COLLECTED IN A SACK WORKER CLEANING TUBEROSE BUDS TUBEROSE SACKS BEING LOADED IN A TRUCK

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DHARMAPURI, TAMIL NADU, INDIA (JANUARY 07, 2011) (ANI-NO ACCESS BBC) TUBEROSE FARM WOMAN WORKING IN THE FARM FARMERS WORKING FARMER PLUCKING THE TUBEROSE BUDS FARMERS WORKING TUBEROSE PLANT (SOUNDBITE) (English) S. MUKUNDHAN, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF HORTICULTURE, DHARMAPURI DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU, SAYING: "As far as the tuberose is concerned it is one of the important flower crops in Pennagaram block. The farmers are cultivating around 120 hectares of the area. Day by day the tuberose (farming) area is increasing due to various factors. One (reason) is that the market is very good, good price (is there) for farmer. As well as (it is) less laborious." WOMEN PLUCKING TUBEROSE BUDS TUBEROSE BUDS (SOUNDBITE) (Tamil) M. DHANAPAL, TUBEROSE FLOWER FARMER, SAYING: "In today's markets the Sampangi (tuberose) flowers costs Rs 30 to 40 per kilogram (USD 0.66-0.88) and the hybrid costs Rs 40 to 50 (USD 0.88-1.10) per kilogram and it is beneficial. And for one acre we get 50 kilograms of flower in normal and in hybrid we get more, the cultivation is also easier and starts in three months, we get good yield and profits in one year." TUBEROSE BUDS COLLECTED IN A SACK WORKER CLEANING TUBEROSE BUDS TUBEROSE SACKS BEING LOADED IN A TRUCK

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