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Governor Anandi Ben Patel spoke in Flower Show, "Flowers have been regarded as the symbol of peace, happiness and harmony".

Governor Anandi Ben Patel spoke in Flower Show, "Flowers have been regarded as the symbol of peace, happiness and harmony".

There were 1,332 participants that exhibited 5,028 flowers, vegetables and fruits. Governor Anadiben Patel appreciated the efforts of all the participants and said, “Gardening has always provided nourishment and happiness to mankind. Flowers have been regarded as the symbol of peace, happiness and harmony in Indian tradition.” 

She said small-time gardening is capable of providing financial support to people. Patel said the three-day exhibition is ending but the governor’s house garden will be opened for the public from 8am to 6pm between February 9-12.

A number of participants were appreciated and awarded by Governor Anandiben Patel for exhibiting beautiful flowers, fresh fruits and vegetables at the three-day show at Raj Bhawan which culminated on Monday.

The maximum awards were won by Raj Bhawan garden that got the title of ‘Chal Bejanti’ along with a cash prize of Rs 7,000.

The award for best Rose flower was bagged by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, while for best vegetable grown in pots Mamta Sharma was awarded. 

The best garden prize went to Shashi Jain and Prashant Kumar while Yash bagged the award for the best terrace garden. A number of participants bagged awards in various other categories.

The three-day Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Show-2021 began at Raj Bhawan on Saturday. It was inaugurated by Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

For the first time, a larger-than-life mural of ‘Ram Darbar’ has been put up at the annual state fruit and flower show at the Raj Bhawan.

The mural has figures of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman made with flowers and is a major centre of attraction.

A large number of visitors were seen busy taking selfies in front of the mural.

Another attraction at the three-day event was a Coronavirus ball made with ‘datura’ (thorn-apple).

A ‘kalash’ made with marigolds was also an attractive piece.

UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had inaugurated the flower and fruit show. Yogi ji was seen posing with an outsized bottle gourd.

Elaborating on the steps his government and the Centre have taken for the benefit of farmers, Yogi said the two governments have been working towards ensuring that farmers’ incomes double. 

Currently, farmers are getting minimum support price 1.5 times more than their input cost.

“Four years ago when I came to power and attended my first fruit and vegetable exhibition, then farmers and flower growers had displayed products as per the requirements of that time. Four years later, requirements and priorities have both changed. Along with traditional fruits, vegetables and flowers, organic fruits, vegetables and flowers are also on display,” the CM said, emphasizing on the need to encourage organic farming to double farmers’ incomes.

He added that diversification in agriculture plays a crucial role in increasing farmers’ incomes. 

As an example, he quoted the story of a woman who is growing strawberries in Bundelkhand and farmers producing dragon fruit and black rice. 

“Those farmers who are growing black rice are getting Rs 700 per kg for their produce,” he said.

The CM praised farmers for playing an important role in PM Narendra Modi’s vision for an ‘Atmanirbhaar Bharat’. 

He said that farmers worked tirelessly even during the Covid pandemic and 119 sugar mills were operational during the lockdown due to the efforts of the state’s sugarcane growers because of which there had been a bumper crop of sugarcane in the state.