India: Flower business in Karnataka wilts

COVID-19 has literally nipped flowers in the bud. More than 2,000 floriculturists in Bengaluru Rural have suffered huge losses — estimated to be Rs 360 crore [50 million USD] — in the past three months. Summers are bloom time for flower growers.

Most weddings and big-ticket events are scheduled in summer, and floral designs are most sought after during celebrations. However, this year, the coronavirus killed this budding sector.

Farmers revealed that since March, there have been no takers for flowers. Weddings are not taking place because of the 50-guest rule.

Many festivals were also low-key, which meant cutting down on floral decorations.

Read more at The New Indian Express (Iffath Fathima)

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