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Roses bloom all over Bangladesh

Not very far away from Dhaka, six of the villages of Birulia Union, Savar, are in full bloom with millions of roses. Acres of land dedicated to ravishing red roses, exuding style and grace, bathed in winter mist, are surely a spectacular bonanza for the city dwellers who want to flee to the natural splendour.

“Around 90 percent farmers here belong to a dedicated community of master gardeners who treat their rose plants with such love and care as if they were their children,” says Amir Chan, a rose farmer in Mostapara.

The village Sadullahpur can be reached via a boat ride on Turag River in just 30 minutes from Diabari Ghat. It produces most of the roses in the union, gaining the title of “Golap Graam” or the village of roses. However, adjacent villages like Mostapara, Shyampur, Bagnibari, Kumarkhoda are also dependent on rose farming.

According to the Savar Agricultural Office, 250 hectors of land is dedicated to flower farming, most of which are roses. Farmers grow medium length stems and each stem is laden with blooms. “There are also many fields where you will get to see the flower – Gladiolus. In fact, we started off flower farming with Gladiolus, but pests were abundant and these flowers are sensitive. They tend to wither and fall over easily on a windy day. So, we started farming roses,” says Rahmat Ali, a flower farmer in Mostapara. “We also farm Miranda roses that are velvety red and incredibly ruffled. There are very few fields where you get to see roses of other kinds like Lincoln roses, Milan roses and white roses.”

“There are days when we have to throw away all the flowers if there are no buyers," says Md Hazrat Ali, a local rose farmer. "You have to pluck fresh roses from the fields every day. If you are lazy and skip a day, you have to pay the price for the next days!” Roses have thorns too and the farmers here don't have any protection gear. “But all the pricking and scratching from thorns don't trouble us anymore!”

Despite many challenges, for the farmers, being in constant contact with such beautiful flowers matter the most. “The joy of burying your nose in the first blooms of the garden is magical!” exclaims Ali.

Read more at The Daily Star

Publication date: 1/9/2017



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