SA: Flower industry flooded by funeral requests due to Covid

South Africa might be home to one of Earth's richest flower kingdoms, but as Covid-19's second wave washes over the country, its pressurised flower industry is struggling to keep up with demand. 

With more than 35000 corona virus deaths, the R260 million-local floriculture market simply cannot keep up with orders for funeral bouquets and wreaths for graves. Although they might not have necessarily met those who succumbed to the deadly virus, flower growers, florists and wholesalers play a crucial role in their final goodbyes. 

Also, a grim hike in flower prices due to the overwhelming demand has crept up on florists and wholesalers who are dependent on local farms for their supplies. 

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