Govt prohibits flower import from India during Tihar festival

Kathmandu: The government has prohibited the import of flowers from India during Tihar.

During Tihar, especially in urban areas, about 85 percent of the demand for marigold flowers is met by domestic production, but 15 percent of marigold flowers are imported, the government has banned the import of marigold flowers this year, according to the Floriculture Association of Nepal (FAN).

The number of flower import from India will reduced though.

FAN said that Nepal is now 90 percent self-sufficient in flowers. FAN has estimated about 2 million hundred Sayapatri, more than 4.4 million velvet flower and 20 thousand Godavari flower garlands will be consumed during this festive season.