BHOPAL : Minister for horticulture and food processing Kusum Mehdele, inaugurating ‘Udyaniki evam Pushp Mahotsava’ at local Rose Garden on Monday, said that gardens and orchards can be better means for farmers and citizens to raise income and livelihood. She said that it is needed that people should be motivated to grow fruits and do flowers cultivation.

The event was organised under ‘Swarna Kranti Abhiyaan’. Mehdele said the Mahotsava would be organised in all 51 districts in the first phase. As many as 15 lakh fruit bearing trees and one crore plants of flowers will be planted by February next year, which would benefit 20 lakh farmers. 20 lakh nano orchard-cum-Badi Vikas programme is also being started.

Mayor Alok Sharma said Bhopal would be known not only as Smart City but also as city of flowers. He said ‘Phulwaris’ would be made on all major roads across the city. Support from citizens to get the city decorated with flowers would also be taken. A scheme named ‘Garden at Call’ has been launched so that citizens could grow flowers in their garden. SMS facility under the scheme would soon be launched.

Principal Secretary, horticulture, Pravir Krishna said under ‘Swarna Kranti Abhiyaan’, 20 lakh farmers are being linked to horticulture.

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