The crowing dawn. Gadkhali flower market on Jessore-Benapole highway. Farmers are coming to the market with spring flowers in cycle-vans. Some of them have roses, gladiolus, rosin; Some like Gerberas, chrysanthemums and all the wild flowers. Traders from far away are buying those flowers. Busy shopping continues till 11 o’clock. After packaging, the flowers are going to different areas of the country in buses and trucks.
On Tuesday, such a picture was seen on the ground in the Gadkhali wholesale flower market of Jessore’s Jhikargacha upazila. Usually the trading ends here by 9 am. But because of the high supply of flowers for a few days, they are being sold till 11 pm.
Florists and traders said that sales of flowers increase from February 8 ahead of International Valentine’s Day, Payala Phalgun and Saraswati Puja. Among them, the most sales were on last Sunday. On that day, a rose was sold up to Tk 25 in wholesale.
Prices of all types of flowers, including roses, started to decrease from yesterday Monday. The price has dropped even today. However, the price has not decreased much compared to last time. From Sunday to today, flowers worth five crore rupees have been sold in three days. Of this, only roses have been sold worth three and a quarter crores. President of Jessore Flower Producers and Marketing Cooperative Association Abdur Rahim told Prothom Alo that sales increase from the 8th around Valentine’s Day, Payala Phalgun and Puja. Of these, more sales are made on Sunday. In the last three days, about 5 crore worth of flowers have been sold. Out of this, 3.5 crores of roses, 1 crores of gladiolus, 1 crores of rosin, gerbera, marigolds, chrysanthemums, gypsies and kamini leaves have been sold.
Traders said that in the Gadkhali wholesale flower market today, roses were sold at Tk 10 to Tk 15, Gerbera Tk 14 to Tk 16, Rajnigandha Tk 11 to Tk 12, Marigold Tk 600 to Tk 800 per thousand, Gypsy and Kaminipata Tk 10 to Tk 15 per handful. Morshed Hossain, a flower dealer, said that today he bought different types of flowers worth one and a half lakh rupees and sent them to Gopalganj, Shariatpur and Natore on the roof of the bus.
Florist Anarul Islam came to Gadkhali wholesale flower market with 600 roses at six in the morning. He sold 500 roses at an average price of Tk 10 by 10:30 am. He was waiting to sell a bunch of remaining 100 roses.
Anarul Islam said that the price of roses is not lower than last time. Two days ago, each rose was sold at Tk 25. For the farmers that was like a bonus. After two days it is being sold at the rate of 10 to 15 taka. Farmers are generally happy despite the fall in prices. Even if the prices did not go down, the farmers would have been more profitable.
Abdur Rahim, the leader of the Flower Marketing Association, said that many people have opened letters of credit and brought roses from India illegally. This suddenly reduced the price of all flowers including roses. Where roses were sold at Tk 25 on Sunday. Today it is sold there at the rate of 10 to 15 taka. Farmers would have benefited more if they did not import flowers from India.
Ramzan Ali, a rose grower of Syedpara village, thinks that although the price of roses has decreased for two days, it has not decreased compared to last year. He said, “Although the price has decreased, there has been no loss. We are happy with that. I would have got a better price if I didn’t import the flowers from India.
According to the prothomalo