Pune: While customers brace for a rise in prices of flowers during each festival, this year, they are in for a pleasant surprise. Gudhi Padwa, which marks the new year for Maharashtrians, to be celebrated on Sunday, is devoid of the customary price rise as the flowers’ prices have not skyrocketed.
“Compared to the previous year, prices of flowers like Marigold and Aster have gone down. They were sold at Rs 80- Rs 100 per kg last year during this festival, but this year, it costs Rs 40 - Rs 50 per kg due to the high production rate,” said Mangesh Patare, from Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) who is also in-charge of the flower market.
“However, high demand for Jasmine flowers ensured that it’s price almost doubled to Rs 500 to 600 per kg two days before Gudhi Pudwa,” he added.
Appa Gaikwad, chairman of flower association, said this week about 50-60 tonnes of jasmine have been brought to the market.
Farmers experienced suitable climatic condition to grow the flowers. “We have to plan about the production during this festival season and generally, it is done after checking the data of previous year’s demand. The harvest sessions start two months before the festival depending on the flowers we are harvesting,” said Mohan Bagade, a farmer from Santawadi.