Nepal: As Tihar nears, Gundu’s farmers farming flowers bustle

The farmlands and houses’ courtyards at Gundu in Surya Binayak Municipality-7 in Bhaktapur district, Nepal, are abloom with marigold and Makhamali (globe amaranth) flowers that are in high demand during the Tihar festival.

As more and more people in Gundu village are taking up floriculture, not only the flowers have added to the beauty and charm of the villages, the commercial farming of these flowers is also fetching them handsome income.

While the domestic market in Nepal is dominated by flowers from India, the flowers grown in Gundu village are exported to foreign countries with Nepali diaspora such as Australia and the US, among others.

National Farmers Federation Nepal’s central secretariat member Anita Basnet, who has been involved in floriculture for nearly two decades,  shared that her products, mixes of marigold and Makhamali flowers, fetch her around Rs 400,000 seasonally on average. According to her, they could make around 4,000 garlands out of the Makhamali flowers planted across 1 ropani.

As Tihar festival is at hand, farmers planting marigold and globe amaranth are bustling, harvesting, and weaving garlands from flowers holding distinct cultural and religious significance.

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