Berhampur, April 20 (Localwire): Florists in the Silk City are doing brisk business as demand for garlands and bouquets soar during elections and the month-long festival of Thakurani Yatra.
Vendors saw a two-fold increase in demand as people buy garlands and bouquets to accord a ceremonious welcome to their political leaders, while Maa Budhi Thakurani Yatra from March 29 to April 29 has further pushed up the sales. During the yatra, thousands of devotees offer flowers to the deities.
“Marigold and rose garlands are in high demand during election. Parties order them one day in advance,” said a vendor here.
“To meet the demands, we’re procuring them from neighboring West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, and even from Bangalore and Pune,” said another florist.
“These days, political parties order for mega garlands if any state or national-level leader visits,” said P.K. Panda, a flower vendor.
“Such a garland can easily cost from Rs 10,000-40,000 depending on the type of flowers and weight. However, an ordinary garland can range from Rs 100 to Rs 500,” he added.
Prices of marigold and rose have shot up manifold due to elections, said flower vendor G.S. Agrawal.
Sridhar Verma, secretary of flower growers’ association in Ganjam district, said the orders are not confined to the district but also come from the neighboring Gajapati and Kandhamal districts.
Of late, mega garlands that weigh over 100 kg have become a trend, he added.
Over the last fortnight, Ganjam saw several high-profile politicians, including BJD chief Naveen Patnaik and BJP president Amit Shah, visiting the district, and were welcomed with mega garlands.