Flower growers of Godkhali in Jashore district are gearing up for grabbing the flower market ahead of five significant days. They are busy nurturing their fields with a hope to get expected profits. However, a rise in the cultivation of flowers in other districts as well as the use of plastic flowers has worried them about attaining the sale target.
Although flower growers of Godkhali in Jhikargachha upazila of Jashore, known as the capital of flowers, sell flowers throughout the year, the sale reaches its peak during the Victory Day (Dec 16), New Year (Dec 31), Pahela Falgun festival (Feb 13), Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) and the International Mother Language Day (Feb 21).
A total of 11 varieties of flowers, including rose, gladiolas and tube rose, were cultivated in vast fields of Godkhali. Growers are busy nurturing different kinds of flowers with a hope to get better outcome as well as profit.
A flower grower said he cultivated gladiolas on 7 bighas of land while tube rose on 1 bigha and rose on 1 bigha of land.
Another flower grower expressed the hope that they will get a fair price this year.
However, farmers are worried following an increase in the flower cultivation in other district as well as the use of the plastic flowers.
A farmer demanded that the government stop the production and sale of plastic flowers so that their flower business can survive.
Expressing doubt about attaining the sale target this year, leaders of flower growers demanded government’s interference in stopping the import of plastic flowers.
President of Bangladesh Flowers Society Abdur Rahim said the sale target of flowers might not be achieved this year due to natural disasters and a rise in the use of plastic flowers.