Flower fields in border villages perishing as harvest, sales hit by COVID crisis
Peermade (Idukki): As Keralites did not buy flowers during Easter and Vishu seasons this year due to the COVID lockdown, many acres of flower fields are perishing in Tamil Nadu. Demand for flowers reduced as festivals, rituals and wedding ceremonies were stopped and temples were closed as part of COVID resistance.
Flowers were cultivated in the fields in the border regions expecting the harvest by the time of Vishu. Also perfume factories were closed giving a severe blow to the flower farmers. They could not harvest or sell the flowers due to the travel restrictions and this resulted in huge loss to them.
Flowers were brought to Kerala from Seelampatti, Andipatti, Usilampetti, Komba and Chinnamanur via Kumily checkpost. Marigold, jasmine, globe amaranth (locally known as Vadamalli) and other flowers are cultivated in the flower fields here. Many loads of flowers were brought to Kottayam, Idukki, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Thiruvananthapuram and Alappuzha districts every day.