Who We Are?
ZOPAR Exports Pvt. Ltd. (ZEPL) is the largest fresh cut-flower producer in the North Eastern Region(NER) of India with farms located at Vaipuanpho, Aizawl, Mizoram and Umsaitsning, Ribhoi District, Meghalaya. The Company is engaged in production of a wide range of flowers including rose, chrysanthemum, carnation, gerbera, lilium, gladioli, anthurium, gypsophilla, leatherleaf fern, among others, and markets its produced through its own sales outlets located in Guwahati, Dimapur, Kohima, Shillong, Aizawl and Lunglei in the NER.
ZEPL was promoted as a private limited Company, registered in Bangalore, in the year 2000 by Mr. Rajesh Prasad and (Late)Ms. Lianzami Leivang, In the initial years the Company exported fresh cut flowers to the Middle East and subsequently set up wholesale outlets at Bangalore, Kolkata, New Delhi and Mumbai to market flowers of growers located in the Bangalore and Pune regions.
Mr. Rajesh Prasad is a post graduate in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and has obtained his Post Graduate Diploma in Management with Specialization in Agriculture from IIM, Ahmedabad. He has over two and a half decades’ experience in floriculture that started as Project Manager, Oriental Floratech (p) Ltd, the first hi-tech rose project in India promoted by the Tatas near Pune in the early nineties.
Subsequently, as CEO of CCL flowers Ltd, he set up India’s largest hi-tech rose project of 20 ha. near Bangalore in 1995. In 2000 he promoted ZOPAR Exports Private Limited (ZEPL) as a floriculture export company with the aim of developing markets for all kinds of floricultural produce. In 2004 he was also engaged in setting up a large rose project in Ethiopia, which is considered one of the best locations in the World for floriculture.
In the last fifteen years ZEPL has been setting up turnkey projects in NER, especially in Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Assam and other North Eastern States on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) basis and engaged in marketing on a 100% buy-back arrangement with the BOT units. These projects include Anthurium, Bird of Paradise, Rose, Carnation, chrysanthemum, orchids etc. and are both farmer based, in terms of tiny units, as also large units of State Governments run as Centers of Excellence, mostly funded under the Horticulture Mission or RKVY Programs of the Government.
More Than 1000 farmers have been assisted with technology and inputs like greenhouses, irrigation systems, bedding and planting material. In 2006-07 ZEPL set up a large floriculture farm at Vaipuanpho, Ailawng, near Aizawl, Mizoram where rose, chrysanthemum, anthurium, lilium, strawberry, among others, are grown. More than 25 lakh flowers are being sold by ZEPL annually in India. (Late)Ms. Lianzami, the other founder promoter of ZEPL, served with the Department of Soil Conservation, Government of Meghalaya, for more than 28 years and after retirement converted her hobby of floriculture into a commercial venture. She has been instrumental in enhancing vase life of roses, especially in innovating “bud-caps’, a process for increasing bud size of roses presently used widely in the industry today. She was actively engaged in running the ZEPL retail chain of fresh flowers and accessories in the NER.