Department of Floriculture is working on two different aspects of Floriculture which are:-
- ORNAMENTAL FLORICULTURE:-
Department is involved in maintenance and development of Gardens and Parks in the valley to boost tourism at various prime tourist destinations like Mughal Gardens (Nishat, Shalimar, Cheshmashahi, Pari Mahal, Verinag, Achabal and Jarokabagh), Botanical Garden, Kokernag, Pahalgam, Manasbal, Tulip Garden, Nehru Memorial Botanical Garden, Children Park, 98 city parks and other VIP Quarters. Besides department is involved in production of flower seedlings and other ornamental plants from its nursery known as Plant Introduction Section, Cheshmashahi. In addition maintenance and development of various Zanana/Children Parks is also going on. Renovation, restoration and preservation of heritage gardens are some other major initiatives of the department for the last five years.
- COMMERICAL FLORICULTURE:-
For the last five years department has laid major thrust on commercial floriculture under the Centrally sponsored schemes Technology Mission, RKVY for Integrated Development of Floriculture and in this field sufficient progress has been made by involving farmers of different categories particularly unemployed youth. People are showing positive response to different schemes, but several apprehensions related to the “Post Harvest Management and Marketing”. Post Harvest Management and Marketing is a vital component of Commercial Floriculture which is managed optimally despite shortage of manpower and infrastructure. Symmetrically, Floriculture is playing its role of creating and maintaining various parks and gardens and assets, as a supplement to tourism and recreational activities. With the inexorable adoption of floriculture as a commercial activity, not only at the national but at international level as well, department has developed link in popularizing commercial floriculture in the valley. Floriculture department has a vast scope and potential in the valley, which is evident from the fact that during 1996 an area of 80 Ha was under flower cultivation in J&K, which expanded to the level of 350 Ha, with an annual turnover of about Rs.1350 lacs. Further, more than 1500 unemployed youth are directly engaged under commercial floriculture sector in Kashmir Division. Moreover, an area of about 9.297 Hac. Has been covered under protected cultivation, in private sector by revising Tubular Structure Poly Houses, High Tech Poly Houses, Shade Net Houses, etc. A flower mandi has also been established and inaugurated by Hon’ble Minister for Health, Horticulture and Floriculture on 15th October, 2012 at Rajbagh, Srinagar, with an idea to provide facilities like marketing and preservations of cut flowers and cold storage facilities to the flower growers on no profit no loss basis.
In order to facilitate flower production, department has introduced contact farming for establishing flower-seed villages. Seeds of different flowers like, Cosmos, Zinnia and Salvia have been provided to the growers of the valley,in the buyback scheme, who have produced the flower seed of different kinds.