The flower farmers and sellers of the country are spending busy days to complete last minute preparations for the upcoming boom in flower trade in mid-February.
Each year, the flower business reaches its peak during this time due to Pahela Falgun (February 13), Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) and International Mother Language Day (Feb 21).
The flower business is growing day by day due to people’s increasing interest in flowers to use in celebrations.
This year, flower traders of of Jhikargacha in Jessore district, one of the largest flower markets of the country, expect to sell flowers worth over Tk 30- 35 crore in the lucrative mid-February market.
The farmers of Godkhali, Panisara, Haria, Potuapara, Taora, Matikorma, Baisha, Kaoria villages of the upazila cultivated rose, gerbera, gladiolus, tuberose and marigold, Chrysanthemum on 1600 hectares of their land.
As ever, there has been a surge in sales of flowers at Godkhali in Jhikargacha upazila, the flower hub of the district and birthplace of the country’s floral industry, said farmers and traders.
The wholesale flower market at Godkhali in Jhikargacha is the source of 70 percent of the entire flower supply of the country. The farmers started commercial flowers farming in the upazila since 1982.
The local cultivators said after meeting the local demand, the flowers of the upazila are supplied to at least 52 districts (out of 64) including capital city Dhaka.