Kendrapara, Dec 31 (LocalWire) With people gearing up to welcome the New Year, prices of flowers are at an all-time high in the coastal districts of Kendrapara district.
Sanjay Rana a flower seller of Kendrapara, said: “In view of New Year’s Eve, flower rates have gone up manifolds. Every year, sale of flowers is very high on the New Year’s eve.”
“New Year and Valentine’s Day are two times in the year when flower sale and prices both shoot up,” said Akshya Sahoo a flower seller of Kendrapara.
“Our earning prospects are linked with demand. If demand is high, we get a better price. Otherwise, our income slumps,” said 55-year old florist Mohammad Faeem of Tendakuda village.
At least fifty flower-sellers of the district were keenly awaiting the arrival of New Year’s Day with many of them already having placed bulk orders for red roses to flower-bloomers.
“This occasion provides us an opportunity to make brisk sales and for that obviously forward planning has to be done,” said Prakash Sahoo a florist of Kendrapara.
When Ranjan Pradhan of Bahakandia started marigold plantation on the banks of Karandia river a couple of years ago, it did not attract enough attention with most of the villagers turning down the idea as a risk not worth taking.
Floriculture that involves plantation of flowering plants is fast catching up in the villages with rising demand for different varieties of flowers for various occasions. The district is witnessing increasing plantation of marigold, rose and gladiolus.
“Many florists from Cuttack and Bhubaneswar have already placed orders to get red roses and other flowers from the flower raisers,m” said Prakasah Jena who runs his flower shop at College Square at Kendrapada.
“Although, currently the sales are down, we hope to earn more on Tuesday. From a business point of view, it is our biggest occasion”, he said.
“The current price of roses per dozen is Rs. 60. But it will increase up to Rs. 100 on the New Year’s Day,” he said.
“We have already placed our orders for fresh stocks now, especially red roses; and we hopehe business will be as good as it was last year,” said Ashok Sahoo another flower seller of Kendrapara.
Many florists of the state were solely depending on the flower traders of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh five years back.
But now in many parts of the state, large numbers of farmers are raising sundry flowers.
To avoid shortage of roses on New Year’s Day, many flower-sellers have stored them in freezers a week ahead of the occasion.