India: Bengaluru hopes that flower trade will continue to grow

Bengaluru used to be known as the garden city once upon a time. However, rampant urbanization knocked off much of the green cover leaving the city a concrete jungle. One interesting development which Bengaluru witnessed in the 1990s was the proliferation of floriculture units. Floriculture is different from gardening in that it is organized, involving growing flowers under controlled conditions. Although floriculture had a promising start in Bengaluru but the growth prospects tapered out quite fast. Despite the hiccups things seem to be on the mend thanks to the presence of the International Flower Auction Bengaluru (IFAB) which operates an auction platform helping the floriculture trade.

Sources in IFAB said that trading volumes are back with a vengeance. "We are now doing around five to six lakh stems on a daily basis. On February 14 (Valentine's Day) the volumes were three lakh stems. Most of the shipments had already taken place before February 14," the source who didn't wish to be identified told News9. A press release issued by the Kempegowda International Airport indicates that air shipments out of Bengaluru ahead of Valentine's Day to both overseas and domestic locations nearly doubled to 5.15 lakh kg this year compared to 2.7 lakh kg notched up in CY2021.

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