India: Prices of jasmine touches all-time high

Prices of jasmine reached an all-time high, with a kg of the flower selling at ₹4,000 at the Flower Market at Mattuthavani.

“The prices always peak during the Tamil month of Avani [August to September] since it is packed with muhurtams and religious festivals,” said A. Sikkandhar, member of Poomalai Kattum Thozhilalargal Nala Sangam.

A kg of jasmine sold for ₹3,000, and it rose to ₹4,000 eventually. “It came down to ₹2,500 around evening, which is still costly for customers, but it did not deter them from buying,” he added.

A kg of mulai, samangi, and rose was sold at ₹800, ₹450, and ₹250, respectively.

Another trader said that at least four to five tonnes of jasmine per day was procured from many villages down south, including Valayankulam, Paraipatti, Elliarpatti, Kariapatti, and Aruppukkttai. It came down to 1.5 tonnes due to the incessant rain, which was not conducive for jasmine growers.

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