Flowers are high value commodities used in various ways in domestic and social activities and in industries such as essential oils, dry flowers, natural dye extraction etc. Cultivation of flowers provides opportunity to farmers to earn a better livelihood and harvest more profit per unit area. Floriculture has received considerable interest in India in recent years from the policymakers, researchers, agricultural and horticultural planners. The enhancement in per capita income and urbanization have led to increased demand for flowers. An estimate of National Horticulture Board puts the area under flower crops at 2,48.51 thousand hactare with a production of 1685 thousand tonnes of loose flowers and 472 thousand tonnes of cut flowers during 2014-15.
Himachal Pradesh, endowed with different agro-climatic conditions ranging from sub-tropical to dry temperate zones, has premium potential for growing cut flowers, which are off-season wrt plains as well as bulbs and seed multiplication. Area under floricultural crops in the state has arisen from only 25 ha in 1993-94 to 914 ha during 2012-13. Farmers are earning 99.98 crores annually from the cultivation of flower crops. Ornamental crops grown according to maximum area are chrysanthemum, marigold, gladiolus, carnation, rose, potted plants, annuals, lilium, gerbera, daffodils, flower seeds and alstroemeria.
The Department of Floriculture and Landscaping was carved out from Vegetable Crops and Floriculture in November, 1987. After its formation, the department actively engaged in Teaching (Undergraduate and Postgraduate level), Research and Extension education activities. Today, the discipline of Floriculture and Landscaping in the Dr. Y. S. Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry, Solan has made significant progress and ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) has identified this centre as National Repository for Carnation under All India Coordinated Floriculture Improvement Project.
The department offers specialization in the following areas at the post graduate level
Dr Y. C. Gupta
Professor and Head
Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture
College of Horticulture
Dr Y S Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry,
Nauni Solan 173 230. Himachal Pradesh
Telephone: +01911792-252276 (0)