20 July, 2015, 12:00 am
BACK in 1960s and ’70s we used to see sunflower trees in most of the flower gardens in our country but slowly they have disappeared.
We import millions of dollars of cooking oil every year and I can’t understand why we can’t do commercial plantation of sunflower trees so that we can have our own cooking oil which will be much better and cheaper than imported soya bean oils.
With the sugar industry going down, this could be an alternative crop that our farmers can plant so that they get better income.
Can the Government of the day look into this and with the help of the agricultural department we can start a very lucrative business in our country.