Bathukamma: Flower business in Hyderabad blooms despite hiccups

By Author  |  Published: 21st Sep 2017  12:05 amUpdated: 21st Sep 2017  12:10 am

Hyderabad: A shortage of flowers in the market has not dampened the spirits of women celebrating Bathukamma, neither has it disappointed flower vendors since whatever stock they have is getting sold out in no time.

Vendors claim that the supply of flowers from Maharashtra has come down by 40 per cent this year. Apart from this, flowers were damaged in Karnataka due to heavy rains, with most of the stock now being brought from various parts of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

However, with the floral festival celebrations beginning, markets appear to have forgotten the shortage and are making the most of what they have. Traders have also kept the prices in check, unlike during the Varalakshmi Vratham festivities when the prices had skyrocketed.

Vendors too are happy because the business that had gone down post Ganesh Chathurthi has picked up. All types of flowers are in good demand, but marigolds (banthi) and chrysanthemums (chamanthi) are the most popular.

Arun Kumar, owner of NP Reddy Flower Stall at the Gudimalkapur flower market said prices were likely to skyrocket on ‘Saddula Bathukamma’, the final day of the festivities, courtesy the shortage in supply.

Apart from these two, flowers like ‘Thangedu’, ‘Gunugu’, ‘Thamara’, ‘Gummadi’, ‘Kanakambaram’, ‘Ramabanam’ and ‘Mandhara’ were also selling well in local markets in the city.

Interestingly, one tonne of Banthi brought by K Yadagiri, a farmer from Warangal, to Gudimalkapur was sold for Rs 70 against the current price of Rs 50 in the market on Tuesday.