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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Covid-19 lockdown hits flower business in JK, growers’ demand loan waiver



Jahangeer Ganaie

Srinagar, Apr 16 (KNO): As the lock down across India has been extended as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, however, it has badly hit the livelihood of thousands of flower growers and traders in Jammu and Kashmir.

Flower growers and traders from different areas of Jammu and Kashmir told KNO that they have been badly hit by covid-19 lockdown and if government won't come to their rescue they won't be able to restart their business.

They said that Marigolds, Jasmine, Lilies, Roses and other flowers used for decoration purpose at weddings and parties and other religious functions are now being destroyed by the farmers as there is no on to buy them.

“It is big blow to us, as this was our only source of livelihood,” said Raju, a flower grower from R S Pora area of Jammu, adding that they are now forced to throw these flowers away.

He said that they used to grow these flowers and supply them to Jammu, Kashmir and other parts of the country but due to the lockdown their business has been hit hard.

“We had acquired huge amount of loan to start this business and due to lack of demand now our crop is getting perished. Who will compensate our losses now? This was our only means of livelihood and this too is getting perished,” the distressed farmers rued. 

Most of the farmers said that they were going to switch from growing flowers to vegetables now as there was no certainty in this business anymore. The farmers demanded that the government should waive off their loans as they won’t be able to pay the instalments due to lack of earnings.

Pertinently, in Kashmir there are around 7000 registered commercial flower growers in the valley alone and they have been bearing the brunt of lockdown—(KNO)

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