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Nepal bans import of roses for Valentine’s Day

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development has banned the import of roses ahead of Valentine’s Day which witnesses a surge in sales of the flower

By Team Pardaphash 
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New Delhi: The Plant Quarantine and Pesticide Management Centre Nepal issued a notice on Thursday, directing all 15 offices under it not to issue import permits until further notice.
The Nepali government has banned the import of fresh roses from countries like India and China ahead of Valentine’s Day, according to a media report on Friday.
Mahesh Chandra Acharya, information officer of the centre, said that the import of roses has been banned due to the risk of plant-related diseases.

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The first picture that comes to our mind after hearing Valentine’s Day is ‘rose flower’. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, love is expressed by giving rose flowers.
Every year 2.5 to 3 lakh stick roses worth crores of rupees are imported in Nepal on Valentine’s Day. Rose flowers are produced here. However, the demand for flowers increases on Valentine’s Day. Nepal imports stick roses from India and China for its supply.

At the same time, according to Nepal’s custom officials, 10,000 kg of rose flowers have been imported from India before the Nepal government banned the import of roses.

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