The condition of the farmers who cultivate roses is bad, they are forced to feed the animals without getting proper price

Highlights:

  • Farmers in Panchmahal are feeding flowers to their cattle as the price of roses has come down
  • To alleviate the plight, some farmers threw roses into the canal
  • In Navratri, the price of a rose rose from Rs 500 per kg to Rs 10 to 15 per kg

Sachin Sharma, Vadodara: In some villages of Kalol taluka of Panchmahal district, mangers (cattle sheds) can be filled with the scent of roses. The reason? Nowadays cattle are being fed Kashmiri roses.

No, it’s not that pastoralists are using rose-flavored milk, or pampering their livestock, but they are making sure that the efforts being made in rose cultivation do not go unnoticed.

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In addition to feeding roses to animals, flowers are also donated to temples and other religious places, as well as to those in need. Recently, some farmers threw roses into the Narmada water in the canal to highlight their situation.

A farmer by the name of Mukesh Patel said that he was forced to throw away 100 kg of flowers in one day or distribute them for free. ‘We get Rs 10 per kg of roses in Vadodara. We sell as many roses as possible and feed the rest of the roses to the animals or give them away for free, ”he said.

Roses are widely grown in Ramnat, Kandach and Saganpura villages near Delol. The highest sales are in Vadodara and Godhra. Farmers pick flowers early in the morning and take them to market. Delol Sarpanch Nirav Patel, who is also involved in floriculture, said that about 2,000 kg of roses are produced daily.

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“Currently, about 800 kg of crop is sold and the rest is disposed of,” Patel said. During Navratri, the price of a kg of rose was Rs 500 per kg which has come down to Rs 10 to 15 per kg. Nirve added that if the situation continues in the coming days, farmers will have to give up rose cultivation.

Another farmer, Kaushal Patel, said prices were part of the problem for florists. “Even in the APMC market, there is no room for us. The flower market in Vadodara is unorganized, opening early in the morning. Brokers charge 10 per cent for selling flowers’, he added.

Apart from roses, the price of Golgotha ​​is also at the bottom, said a farmer cultivating Golgotha. He added that it is also distributed free, however, it has not yet been converted to fodder.

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