National Academy Science Letters

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 39–44 | Cite as

Exploring Floriculture Potential for Sustainable Livelihood of Subsistence Communities in Indian Himalaya

  • P. C. PhondaniEmail author
  • I. D. Bhatt
  • R. K. Maikhuri
  • B. P. Kothyari
  • A. Bhatt
  • V. K. Purohit
  • P. Joshi
Short Communication


The present paper describes the impact of floriculture on socio-economic development of the rural communities inhabited in the Himalayan Mountains. Rural and traditional societies are interested and many are involved in floriculture business for supplementing their livelihood for sustainability in the region. Keeping this in view, two varieties of potential flowers viz. Gladiolus and Lilium were selected for cultivation in the study area through participatory approaches. A total of 150 farmers involved in cultivation of these potential flowers on 12.5 ha of land which was mostly abandoned and uncultivated. For the capacity building of the involved farmers, 50 cluster level meetings were conducted with diverse stakeholders.


Floriculture Subsistence communities Participatory approach Livelihood Himalaya 



The authors are thankful to the Director, G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable Development, Kosi- Katarmal, Almora and Prof. Sudha Bharadwaj, Principal, Government Degree College Devprayag for providing facilities. They are grateful to the local people and experts for providing valuable inputs during the field work. The authors would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable remarks/suggestions. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR-NAIP-3), Govern ment of India are also acknowledged for financial support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. C. Phondani
    • 1
    Email author
  • I. D. Bhatt
    • 2
  • R. K. Maikhuri
    • 3
  • B. P. Kothyari
    • 2
  • A. Bhatt
    • 4
  • V. K. Purohit
    • 5
  • P. Joshi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BotanyGovernment Degree CollegeTehri GarhwalIndia
  2. 2.G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentAlmoraIndia
  3. 3.G. B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment and Sustainable DevelopmentSrinagarIndia
  4. 4.Gulf Organization for Research and DevelopmentScience and Technology Park QatarDohaQatar
  5. 5.HAPPRCH.N.B Garhwal Central UniversitySrinagarIndia

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