In previous years the country used to import thousands of flower garlands to meet the demand for the same during Tihar. However, domestic production is expected to fulfil the requirement this year. The rise in domestic production and also a possible decline in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic are expected to contribute to the country not having to import flowers in Tihar this year.
According to Kumar Kasaju Shrestha, president of the Floriculture Association Nepal, domestic production will suffice to meet the market demand for flowers and garlands this Tihar because many people are still scared of travelling and demand will be tepid due to the pandemic. “So, we will not have to import flowers this Tihar like in the previous years,” he added.
He informed that in the upcoming Tihar there will be demand for about 1.5 million units of garlands — 1.2 million units of marigold garlands (Sayapatri) and 300,000 units of globe amaranth (Makhamali) garlands. Last year, floriculture entrepreneurs had sold around 2.5 million units of garlands, of which about 300,000 units were imported from India.