May 28, 2022

No cheers: before Diwali, the flower market does not bloom in Delhi | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: Diwali is just around the corner, and there is an activity involving marigold flowers at the Ghazipur Flower Market. But unfortunately, a lot of it is about picking up bags of rotten flowers and throwing them in a tempo to be taken away for disposal. Recent rains had damaged unsold stocks. But that was just one more problem. Sellers have complained that business is bad with stocks just not budging because the holiday season has been low-key and Diwali also appears to be a muted affair.
On Friday morning, when YOU was at the flower market, buying and selling was at a minimum. Glum booth owners said this has been the situation since the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restriction has dampened any festive enthusiasm. Meena, who has been selling marigold there for four months, said, “I just can’t get more than 5 rupees per pound of marigold heads,” she said. “Even today no sales have taken place and by tomorrow I will have to throw out the flowers because marigold has a short shelf life.”
Rizwan gets her supplies from her native district of Sambhal in the UP. “I paid Rs 3,200 for the flowers and Rs 5,000 for the transport and I asked seven men to pluck the heads. I can’t sell more than 12 wicks a day, ”he mumbled. “I had bought land for a lakh of rupees to grow marigold. I have to feed a family of nine, but I don’t even have the money to go home.
Like Rizwan, Surendra Kumar also has more flowers than requested. In his flower market shop, Kumar sat with a frown. “We’re throwing out the genda because there aren’t too many transactions going on,” he said. “The situation was slightly better during Navratri, but the price went down afterwards. The three days of rain also caused us a lot of damage at a time when there were no sales. So, in addition to paying flower growers and carriers, we now have to pay to get rid of rotten flowers. We lose around Rs 1,000 on each bag of worry. ”
Mukesh Yadav added, “We throw away quintals of genda every day. One can only hope that the price will climb to Rs 20-30 per kilo in the coming days. With the puja now mainly in the home, buyers only want a kilo or two of the flowers. People are still not allowed in large temples, so big sales are out of the question. Additionally, families who lost loved ones in the second wave of Covid infections are not celebrating Diwali or decorating their homes this year. ”
While many sellers believed sales could increase closer to Diwali on November 4, others stressed that it would not make a difference to their bottom line because their losses were too large to compensate. The coronavirus-hit company can only hope to cut losses even as prices rise. There is no profit margin this year.