Tiruchirapalli

Farmers reap a rich bounty with ‘jungle flower’

Traders attribute the recent spurt in price of jasmine to reduced arrivals and fall in harvest because of recent rains.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN

Traders attribute the recent spurt in price of jasmine to reduced arrivals and fall in harvest because of recent rains.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN  

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Jasmine cultivators take a hit because of pest attack and recent rains

The recent monsoon rain has had mixed impact on floriculture in the district.

While it has benefited farmers raising Ixora coccinea or ‘Jungle Flower’ ( pichi poo ) particularly in the Ponnaniyar Dam villages, the showers has caused a setback to jasmine growers.

Farmers in and around Ponnaniyar Dam say they have just resumed harvesting ‘Jungle Flower’ after three years. “All these years, the plant could not be grown for want of water but now we have started marketing it to Chennai,” say cultivators in the village.

P. Chinnappan and his wife C. Sagayamary say the flower fetches Rs. 100 a kilo. “We harvested the flowers only after ascertaining the demand in the market,” they say. The flower maintains its lustre for about three days. The showers have helped a good income for them after three years.

On the other hand, the jasmine cultivators are at a loss as there was a serious dip in the quantum of flowers.

A section of farmers from Ettarai said the yield reduced by 50 per cent of their harvest during the pre-Deepavali season.

S. Ayyar from Ettarai village said that pest attack in jasmine was yet another reason for the fall in yield.

R. Vadivel, a flower merchant from Lalgudi who came to Sattara Street in Srirnagam, said he had reduced his purchase as the prices had shot up because of poor arrivals.

Wholesale dealers in Srirangam said that recent showers would adversely affect the yield of jasmine and obviously the prices would shoot up in the next few days. On Saturday, the price stood at around Rs. 200 a kg.

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