For Bangalore rose growers, Hyderabad is a major market followed by Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata, Mangalore and Kerala.
Jayaprakash Rao, General Secretary, South India Floriculture Association (SIFA) said, “Normally after monsoon, daily shipment of cut flowers (mainly roses) to Hyderabad is around one lakh stems. Now, due to crisis, it is down to 30,000-50,000 stems.”
Rao said that, the ongoing strikes, which are crippling the road transport between Bangalore and Hyderabad, has affected the business radically during a very profitable wedding season at Andhra Pradesh, since the cut flower consignments are transported mainly by road. “Disruption in road transport from Bangalore due to bandhs and dharnas has led to confusion among the growers as to which market to cater and their confidence level has also gone down,” he added.
Karnataka produces 9-10 lakh stems of cut flowers annually in mainly Doddaballapur, Bangalore rural and Chikkaballabpur regions, of which around two lakh enter the IFAB auction platforms and the rest are sold in unorganised markets.
At the IFAB, the cut flower prices in the last two months have fallen by 20-25 per cent. “Growers, on an average, get Rs 3 for a stem. Now, it is trading around Rs 2.25,” said Rao.
Rao said that, in addition to Andhra crisis, severe power cuts in the State have further worsened the situation. “Rose growers, especially in and around Bangalore, are facing severe power cuts. This is hampering our farm operations. For the last two-three weeks, we are experiencing dry weather conditions. We need power to irrigate the green houses and also to operate cold storage and pack houses,” he added.