Bulbs for microcredit business - reinventing the wheel

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Sun, 03 Dec 2006 12:21:26 PST
Dear Joe;
	India already has an enormous horticultural establishment.
	Google "India ornamental horticulture" for 187,000 hits or
	 "India  horticulture" brings over 1 million hits.

	One publisher checked at random has 66 books on this topic.

	Additionally there are numerous commercial wholesale 
nurseries that export to the west. There are a variety of research 
institutes and universities devoted to these topics. Granted these 
may not be accessible to the poorest and most isolated people.

	And India is a land of many diverse climates and growing 
environments. As evidence, export bulbs range from Gloriosa to 
Arisaema, canna and lilies  and many more.

	Personally I think you'd be better off offering expertise and 
start up cash where warranted. I think any obvious and easy bulbs 
already have large scale production where possible in India. If you 
can supply unique materials and have an able and knowledgeable 
grower, this may have possibilities, but India is far from the 'start 
up' situation you suggest.

	Maybe more people should place wholesale orders from India to 
improve the flow of rarities to the US. I know that some of the bulbs 
supplied by Dutch "growers' originate in England and the prices are 
multiplied by every middle man along the way.

	Hate to burst a bubble here, but this is not really realistic 
at this stage.

		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
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