BENAPOLE: Flower farmers of Jashore district are passing busy time to supply large quantities of flowers for celebrating the Victory Day, English New Year, International Mother Language Day, Valentine’s Day and Independence Day.
Farmers are expecting to grow flowers worth Tk 25 million for this peak period. A good number of extreme poor farmers of the region mostly depend on flower farming round the year but they wait for this national occasion.During a recent visit the correspondent found the farmers are taking care of the flower orchard enduring acute adverse weather condition from the very early in the morning to late at night. Meanwhile around 500 male and female workers are engaged in the activity.
Now they are spending their time in floriculture and care. On the occasion of all these days, they sell flowers worth crores of taka.
It can be seen on the ground that the fields of Panisara village and Gadkhali of Jhikargachha upazila are now adorned with nightshade, varieties of roses, gerbera, marigold, gladiolus, gypsy, rodstick, calendula, chrysanthemum and other types of flowers.
Farmers wear white caps on roses to protect them from diseases and insects.
Day after day there are several special days including the great Victory Day on 16th December, then the English New Year on 1st January, the traditional spring day of Bengal on 13th February, the Valentine’s Day on 14th February and the International Mother Language Day on 21st February.
These days there is a huge demand for flowers all over the country. Flower growers are working in the field of Gadkhali to meet this demand.Abu Taher, a trader and florist, said he had planted nightshade and gladiolus on 8 bighas of land to compensate for the damage caused by Corona and Amphan storms.
Liaquat Hossain, a florist, said he has cultivated roses and gerberas on 5 bighas of land. If the weather is favorable, he is expecting a profit of Tk. 1.5 to Tk. 2 lakh.
According to the farmers of Gadkhali, at present 100 pieces of tuberoses Taka 200-250, Gladiolus 100 pieces at Taka 1100, Gypsy at Taka 50 per bundle and Rod stick at taka 50 per bundle.
Farmer Harun-ar-Rashid said that the sale of flowers has come down a lot due to the increase the import and use of plastic flowers in the country. Besides, flowers are being cultivated in the districts where flowers used to grow. As a result, the traders there are not coming to collect flowers, which are hurting us commercially.