India: T.N. floriculturists fear price slump after order to evict shops in Wilson Garden, Bengaluru

Flowers from Hosur, Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower growing areas land in Wilson Garden market before despatched to other destinations. Flower growers of Hosur and The Nilgiris fear price slump and produce dump after the Karnataka High Court’s orders to clear out the flower market in Wilson Garden in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka High Court, on Wednesday, gave a week to Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagare Palike (BBMP) to clear out all residential premises that were being used for commercial activities. The order is expected to hurt floriculture industry, which over the years had turned the area into a day-time flower market.

The court order, on the petition filed by the Wilson Garden Residents Welfare Association, is estimated to shut down over 320 shops that have been running out of car sheds, old buildings, sheds, and any concrete structure in Wilson Garden over the years.

Wilson Garden had turned into a transit hub for flowers from Tamil Nadu and the only market in the city catering to florists, event managers, decorators, and domestic buyers and also exporters.

D. Bala Shiva Prasath, Director National Horticulture Board, and President, Hosur Small Farmers Association, told The Hindu that the order would affect flower-growing areas of Tamil Nadu in general, and the movement of flowers from Hosur and the Niligiris in particular. Over 70 trucks from Salem, Krishnagiri and Thiruvanamalai areas ply to Bengaluru with flowers.

Read the complete article at www.thehindu.com.


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