Flower growers in Jashore's Godkhali are set to incur huge financial losses this year due to the recent bout of freezing weather and unseasonal rainfall adversely affecting the flower gardens in the country's largest floral hub.

Farmers had anticipated a thriving business in February, the peak season for flower demand. However, their expectations were shattered by the recent cold wave sweeping across the country, including Jashore, bringing temperatures below 10 degrees Celsius, accompanied by unseasonal rainfall.

The flowers are now wilting, with petals taking on a dark hue, and numerous gardens in Godkhali are experiencing plant death or dried leaves due to the thick fog and extremely cold winter. This has given rise to growing concerns among the farmers.

"Four days ago, the roses in my garden were destroyed by the rain, continuous thick fog, and the extreme cold. The young leaves of all the plants in the garden are falling off. The rose buds have developed black spots, and petals are falling off," Ujjal Biswas, a flower grower in the area, told The Business Standard on 30 January.

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