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Flower prices go up at Mattuthavani market

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Limited arrival of lowers during festival sees the prices spiralling

MADURAI

Prices of flowers have soared up at the Flower Market at Mattuthavani ahead of Ayudha puja and Vijayadashami festivals. Sunday was a field day for flower vendors, as people in large numbers thronged the market for purchasing flowers, despite the steep rise in prices.

While the prices of most of the flowers at least doubled, arali, which is used in garlands, registered a seven-fold increase in price and was sold at ₹700 a kg on Sunday.

The limited supply of the flower ahead of the festival had led to the steep increase in its price, said S. Ramachandran, president, Mattuthavani Flower Market Vendors’ Association. “Only two tonnes of arali could be brought from Nilakottai, Salem and areas near Kodai Road, against the four tonnes brought in from these areas during the festival season earlier. This year, heavy rains had destroyed the crop,” he said.

The price of jasmine that was sold at around ₹350 a kg two weeks back stood at ₹1,000 a kg on Sunday. “Erratic rainfall pattern had resulted in a decrease in the production of jasmine in flower-growing areas. The prices have increased with high demand and reduced supply,” said K. Arjunan, a jasmine farmer from Solankuruni near Tirupparankundram.

Kanakambaram was sold at ₹1,200 a kg, mullai at ₹800 and sevvandhi at ₹200. Picchi, which is grown near Alanganallur, Kodimangalam and Nagamalai Pudukottai, was sold at ₹600 a kg. “The prices will go up further till the end of the festival season,” said J. Vellaichamy, a flower vendor.

Though the flower vendors welcomed the rise in prices, the customers were unhappy. “I have restricted myself to buy only 100 grams of jasmine. Festival flowers like picchi, arali and yellow kendhi have also become costlier compared to last year,” said N. Venkatesan from Karuppayurani.

Flower sellers, who buy at wholesale prices to sell them at different parts of the city, expressed concern over the spiralling prices. “We have to increase our selling price and we all have fear of not being able to sell all our stock,” said K. Nagalakshmi, a flower vendor from Jaihindpuram.

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