While there is an air of joy with the upcoming Diwali festival, for marigold farmers there is little reason to rejoice. The orange flowers, used extensively during the season, are selling just at Rs 100 per kg this year.
While on the one hand, local marigold crops have been damaged due to rain, an abundance of flowers coming in from neighboring states is adding to farmers' woes. "Last year, owing to pandemic restrictions limiting interstate transport, local farmers were able to monetize on flower crops. However, this year, not only have flowers from other states been imported, but the quantity of flowers has also increased. We are, therefore, not able to quote a profitable price," said Udaysingh Rane, a farmer from Advoi, Sattari.
Rane grew 650 marigold plants this year and harvested 10,000 flowers since Dussehra. "The government must intervene and involve the horticulture corporation to decide upon a fixed price so that we get the rates we deserve," he said.
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