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Mysore Chamber signs pact on floriculture with Nepal team

Women in Small Enterprise (WISE), the women's wing of the Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) and the Floriculture Association of Nepal (FAN) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for exploring business opportunities in floriculture.

The MoU was signed at an interaction meeting the WISE members had with a 14-member visiting team from Nepal. The MoU was signed by the Presidents of the two associations, Minerva Bista and Geethasri Rao. They agreed to explore business prospects in tissue culture, plant biotechnology, farming technology and eco-tourism. Representative of the Mysore District Horticulture Society and officials of the Horticulture Department, Government of Karnataka, were also present.

The MoU seeks to spread floriculture as an economic activity and exchange information, transfer technologies and upgrade skills through R&D in tissue culture and farm technology. It also seeks to develop hybrid varieties of flowers and plants, promote imports, exports, and eco-tourism and explore joint investments

The Nepal delegation was led by FAN President Minerva Bista and comprised FAN vice-president Sreedhar Karki, general secretary Shekhar Kumar Bista, executive member Anu Setling, programme coordinator J.B. Tamang, founder-president Rajendra Rai, Panita Rai of Parijat Nursery, Namita Maskey of Sagarmatha Agro Biotech Nursery, Arun Chetri and Tangaka Rai of Cut-flower Producers, and other leading floriculturists and exporters.

Inaugurating an interaction meeting between the Chamber members and the visiting delegates, MCCI President H.N.Ramathirtha said floriculture is an important business in Karnataka Exports of flowers was one of the major items of the State. Mysore is famous for jasmine but, lack of an airport came in the way of exports, he said.

Minerva Bista said flower-based enterprise in Nepal was fairly new. The two countries could jointly promote and benefit from floribusiness.

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