Thousands of kilograms of valuable produce of flower growers of Gnajam district is getting wasted as the modern flower market and training centre for floriculture in Berhampur is yet to have a cooling chamber even after eight months of its inauguration.
According to the members of Ganjam District Flower Growers’ Association (GDFGA), due to lack of cooling chamber, more than 2000 kg. of rajnigandha flowers produced by them was wasted since May 21. According to them they had brought 946 kg. of rajnigandha flower to this flower market between May 21 and 31.
Out of it 946 kg. was marketed while the rest was wasted. Similarly from June 1 to June 28, the flower growers had brought 4,215 kg. of rajnigadha, out of which only 2,310 kg. could be sold while the rest had to be dumped as waste.
A flower grower Jamur Dalai of Ralaba village attached with this flower market, said this is the season for ample production of rajnigandha.
The flower growers of Ganjam had decided to fix price of rajnigandha at Rs. 80 per kg. throughout the year.
But flowers from Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal also reach Berhampur and Odisha.
Due to high seasonal production price of rajnigandha procured from outside the State is low during this period.
But the flower growers of Ganjam are not ready to sell their flowers at low rate. But due to lack of storage facility at the flower market, they are unable to store their produce till a time when the price would rise.
The secretary of the GDFGA, Sridhar Verma lamented lack of cooling chamber at this so called modern flower market established by government. “Lack of cooling chamber at this flower market can be compared with a kitchen lacking a stove,” he said. Formal auctioning of flowers has also not started in this flower market.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had inaugurated this modern flower market cum training centre in Ambapua area of the city on October 19, 2012.
It was aimed at promoting floriculture in six districts namely Ganjam, Gajapati, Rayagada, Koraput, Kandhamal, Boudh and Nayagarh.
This unit had been established at a cost of Rs. 2.55 crore, with Rs.1.92 crore funded under Rashtriya Krishi Vikash Yojana.
The Regulated Market Committee (RMC), Digapahandi, which has invested the rest of the amount for the project, is managing the market.
Though the market was inaugurated in October 2012 it is yet to have a cooling chamber