Festive demand lifts flower prices in wholesale market
AS THE festive season begins there is a sudden rise in demand for fresh flowers at wholesale flower market at Netaji Market, Sitabuldi. From the past few days, flower market is bustling with activity as people prefer to buy flowers to decorate their homes and perform pooja.
“The festive season demand has lifted flower prices by 50 per cent as compared to a fortnight ago,” said Jaywant Ranaware, Secretary of Mahatma Phule Pushpa Udpadak Sanstha, Netaji Market, Sitabuldi while speaking to The Hitavada on Wednesday.
Currently, there is a rush to buy flowers in morning hours till noon. During the festive season, the most sought-after flowers are pooja flowers like Marigold, Crescent, Jasmine, Desi Rose, etc. In cut flowers, there are Carnation, Gladiolus, Anthurium, Lilium, Dutch Rose and many more varieties. Altogether, there are 32 flower wholesalers registered with the Association. The flower market caters to demand in entire Vidarbha and far-off places like Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Ranaware said that flower prices in the wholesale market on Wednesday were being quoted as follows: Marigold at Rs 50 to Rs 80 per kilo; Aster at Rs 200 per kilo; Crescent at Rs 150 to Rs 200 per kilo; Desi Rose at Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kilo; Jasmine at Rs 400 to Rs 500 per kilo; Tube Rose at Rs 450 to Rs 500 per kilo and Divine Rose at Rs 150 to Rs 200 per kilo, depending on the quality.
Similarly, cut flower prices in wholesale market were being quoted as follows: Carnation Rs 200 to Rs 250 (bundle of 20 pieces); Gerbera at Rs 70 to Rs 80 per kilo; Gladiolus at Rs 60 to Rs 80 (bundle of 10 pieces); Anthurium Rs 50 to Rs 60 (per piece); Lilium Asiatic at Rs 450 (bundle of 10 pieces); Lilium Oriental at Rs 650 (bundle of 10 pieces); Dutch Rose at Rs 80 to Rs 180 (bundle of 20 pieces); Bird of Paradise at Rs 30 per piece and fillers at Rs 50 per bundle, depending on the quality, he said.
The wholesale flower market caters to more than 1,200 small flower vendors on a regular basis in addition to festive season rush. It is expected that there will be bumper crop and adequate supplies due to favourable weather conditions.
By next month, supply of local flowers is anticipated to increase thus bringing down prices to some extent or atleast contain them from escalating further upwards, he added.