Flower market growing by 15% every Tihar

By Laxman Kafle

Kathmandu, Nov. 7: Price of garlands has decreased significantly this Tihar as compared to last year.
According to the flower traders, the price of garland has decreased almost by 40 per cent this year compared to last year owing to improve in production and supply of flowers in the market.
According to Dilip Bade, a floriculture entrepreneur, the price of garland has decreased significantly this year because the flowers, especially the marigolds have fully blossomed as Tihar this year came at the mid of the month of Kartik. The retail price of a marigold garland stands at Rs. 50 to Rs. 60 in the Kathmandu Valley this year while it was above Rs. 90 last year, he informed.
He said that the demand for garland has been increasing every year by 10 to 15 per cent.
According to him, more than 2.5 million pieces of garlands will be sold across the country during Tihar festival. The sales of flowers boom during this festival, he added.
“Of them, around 1.5 marigold garlands, 300,000 of Makhamali and 700,000 of chrysanthemum will be sold during this festival,” Bade told The Rising Nepal.
Local marigold meets around 80 per cent demand at present while the country has already become self-reliant in Makhamali and chrysanthemum, he said. “Around 20 per cent garland will be imported from India this year while it was 45 per cent until last year,” he said.
Krishna Dahal, a garland trader of New Road, said that the price of garland decreased by more than 50 per cent this year as compared to last year because the production of flowers increased in the country.
He said that he sold a garland at Rs. 60 to Rs. 70 while he had sold it at Rs. 80 to Rs. 100 last year.
He came to Kathmandu from Koshipari of Kavrepalanchok on Tuesday carrying five basketful garlands.
Dahal has been selling garland in Kathmandu during Tihar festival for 35 years.
“I produce flowers enough to prepare 1,500 garlands in my farm. I earn Rs. 100,000- 120,000 from selling flowers every year,” he said.
According to him, the price of garland will depend on the quantity of the garlands imported from India.
Krishna Prasad Chaulagain, a flower trader, also arrived in New Road from Kavrepalanchok to sell garland. Unlike Dahal, he does not grow flowers but buys flowers from the farmers and makes garlands for Tihar.
According to him, he brought 500 garlands to sell in Kathmandu.
“I pay Rs. 30 per garland and sell it at Rs. 60. However, I earn only Rs. 10 per garland as I have to pay the transportation costs,” he said.
Ram Bahadur Tamang of Dhading arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday carrying 250 pieces of marigold garlands and he hoped to sell them at Rs. 60,000.
“But the net profit will be only Rs. 4,000 from the sale of garland this year,” Tamang said.
He brought a piece of garland at Rs. 40 and sold at Rs. 70 per garland.
Sunita Bastola, a consumer in New Road, said that the price of garlands has decreased significantly this year than last year.
“I buy 10 pieces of garland at Rs. 600 today. But I had paid Rs. 1,000 for 10 pieces of garland last year,” she said. 

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