Few locations in Visakha Agency area being developed as agri-tourism spots for flower crops

 Saturday, December 18, 2021 


Visakhapatnam authorities are thinking to develop few locations in Visakha Agency area as agri-tourism spots with flower crops. This initiative is backed by Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) and Chintapalli Research Center.

Agri-tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, which involves visits to working farms, ranches and agricultural industries. Agri destinations offer a huge variety of entertainment, education, relaxation, outdoor adventures, shopping and dining experiences. The Visakhapatnam government is focusing on promoting agri-tourism by taking in tribal farmers in tourist sites in tribal areas like Lammasingi, Araku and others.

Regional Agricultural Research Center (RARC) at Chintapalli in Visakha tribal area has now become a research center for organic floriculture with the scientists at the center farming different flower crops on an experimental basis. The area has favorable geographical and climatic conditions, and is suitable for flower crops.

In-charge associate director of research (ADR) of RARS, Chintapalli, Bharata Lakshmi said that they are now farming around 33 crops, including gladiolus, popularly known as ‘sword lilly’ due to its shape. It is a classic perennial flowering plant with tall flower spikes. Each spike would cost Rs. 15 to Rs. 20. These flowers are used in bouquets.

Five varieties of gladiolus were tested at Chintapalli research center by the scientists. The crop has three different harvesting periods of 45 days, 50 days and 60 days. “Some traders from Narsipatnam area visited us after learning about the crops and asked us to supply flowers. It seems now they are going too far away places for flowers,” said another scientist.

The research center is embarking organic farming for all crops.

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