Express news service
HYDERABAD: Although flower cultivation has been good this year, the activity of the Gudimalkapur flower market has been negatively impacted by the second wave of Covid-19. The market, which receives nearly 300 quintals of flowers from various neighborhoods during the season, receives less than 200 quintals in the middle of the lockdown.
“More than half of the fresh flowers we buy from farmers are thrown in the trash. There is no business. The temples are closed, weddings and other celebrations are held discreetly. People don’t even buy flowers for funerals anymore, ”said Mohemmed Akeel, a flower merchant at the Gudimalkapur Flower Market.
Seasonal flowers such as marigolds, carnations, chrysanthemums, crossandra (Kanakambaram) and roses are sold at very low prices. “I sell roses at the price I sold 10 years ago, Rs 25 per kg,” said Sandeep Naik, a rose grower from Chavella. “A week ago, the roses were sold at Rs 250-300 per kg. After the lockdown is imposed, most products go into the trash, ”he added.
The Gudimalkapur Flower Market, which is one of the largest flower markets in the state, looked deserted on Tuesday. Most stores remained closed, even during the authorized hours between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. When Express asked the question, store owners said there was a 60% drop in their business.
Florist G Ramesh Yadav, who specializes in making garlands for local temples, said, “My whole business depends on temples. All the temples are closed now. With that, I lost the majority of my clients.
Around 10 a.m., all the florists started throwing flowers in the trash. “The flowers are perishing, so we can’t keep them,” one said.