Himachal floriculturists suffer huge losses during Games

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh floriculturists were taken for a royal ride when their hopes for a roaring business during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi were shattered as the projected demand of flowers worth Rs.flowes himachal 30 crore proved to be wide off the mark, as per media reports.

“We did not receive any order for flowers during the Games and even the normal business was not there. Our suppliers, especially from Himachal Pradesh frantically asked for orders but there was none and they were deeply disappointed,” Kailash, working in a leading Delhi flower supplier, said.

The growers were wrongly informed and they produced flowers in bulk. As there was no demand, a bunch of carnation or lilium which fetched between Rs. 60 to 70 during normal season were sold for Rs. 20 to 25, he added.

“We have suffered huge losses during the Commonwealth Games as the Aarthis in Delhi flatly told there is no demand and when we reminded them that the government had pegged the demand of Himachal flowers at Rs. 30 crore, they asked us to go to the government,” Vinod, a floriculturist from Sadhupul in Solan district said.

“The government assessed and projected the demand at Rs30 crore but as far as I know the demand for Himachal flowers during the CWG was not even worth Rs. 3 lakh,” said a grower, whose produced perished as he did not send it Delhi for the reason that the cost of transportation was more than the returns.

Director, horticulture said that he did not have any such information and he would gather information regarding sale of flowers and market trend during the Games.

The government had earlier stated that the Central PWD, Delhi has already placed orders worth Rs. 30 crore with the state for supplying flowers during the Games.

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3 Responses to "Himachal floriculturists suffer huge losses during Games"

  1. Anuj Thapa   October 19, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Every businessman includes his principle cost, interest on principle cost, labour, stock holding cost and margin on his product, so he has a right to decide the cost of his poduct. Shopkeeper sells goods in a modest margin. Everyone in this country in public sector enterprises earns a handsome salary for his hardwork and nation-building.

    On the other side of the coin, farmer is not able to decide the cost of his produce. Market factors and stock-holding big names decide the fate of poor farmer.

    Just think over it…. N deCide…. R we riGHt….

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    • NITYIN   October 19, 2010 at 9:03 pm

      Very aptly said Anuj. You have summed it correctly. Farming is the only profession which is totally dependent on these so called ‘market forces.’

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  2. Kenny Chauhan   October 25, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Sorry to inform that this info does not match reality. I have polyhouses and I grow Liliums and Carnations. During the CWG, market was brisk and carnation sales were Rs 100 a bunch. This rate is too good for carnations as the normal rates are around Rs 50 to Rs 60 a bunch. Atleast I and other growers I know in my area, are satisfied from the sales of flowers during the CWG.

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