D.K. Mishra & R.S. Tailor
Krishi Vigyan Kendra , Kasturbagram , Indore , MP, 452020
Floriculture is one of the rewarding and rapidly growing branches of horticulture in terms of rural and peri-urban job creation, poverty alleviation, provision of regular income, assured food security and women empowerment. Among the flower crops Marigold has earned tremendous popularity in Madhya Pradesh particularly at Indore district where it is being commercially cultivated as loose flower at around 2300 hectare in open field condition around the year. Like any other business, marigold farming requires better planning and strategy for its time of cultivation. Quantum of income from marigold cultivation depends upon the harvesting period rather than yield. During Deepawali, Ganpatipuja & Navratra price of marigold flower ranges from Rs 50 – 100 per Kg. While during non-festive season it drop down to Rs. 5 - 20 / Kg. In view of this, technological interventions as synchronise flowering from marigold variety were promoted with proper package and practices through OFT, FLD, Training advisory services. Linkage and association with line department were also established for further dissemination of technology for uniform and time bound flowering. 15 farmers from villages Nowgaon, District, Indore were approaches by Krishi Vigyan Kendra for technology dissemination covering more than 40 ha of marigold cultivation during 2020-2022. Average Gross returns per ha during festive season was around Rs 3, 00000. 00 while it was Rs 1, 20,000.00 during non-festive season. By adopting the technology farmers were earn additional Rs. 1, 80,000.00 per ha. From 15 farmers of village Nowgaon it was horizontally spread to 23 villages covering 450 farmers.