TN flower growers fear falling prices after Karnataka HC order to evict shops from Wilson Garden in Bangalore

Flowers from Hosur, Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden Market before being shipped to other destinations

Flowers from Hosur, Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden Market before being shipped to other destinations

Flower growers in Hosur and The Nilgiris fear a drop in prices and dumping of produce after Karnataka High Court orders to empty the Wilson Garden flower market in Bengaluru.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday gave Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagare Palike (BBMP) a week to clear all residential premises that were used for commercial activities. The order is expected to hurt the floriculture industry, which over the years had turned the area into a daytime flower market.

The court order, on the motion filed by the Wilson Garden Residents Welfare Association, would close more than 320 stores that have run out of carports, old buildings, sheds and any concrete structures in Wilson Garden over the years.

Wilson Garden had become a hub for Tamil Nadu flowers and the city’s only market for florists, event planners, decorators and domestic buyers as well as exporters.

D. Bala Shiva Prasath, director of the National Horticultural Council and president of the Hosur Small Farmers Association, said The Hindu that the order would affect the flower-growing areas of Tamil Nadu in general, and the flower movement of Hosur and Niligiris in particular. More than 70 trucks from Salem, Krishnagiri and Thiruvanamalai regions criss-cross Bengaluru with flowers.

Flowers from Nilgiris, Kodaikanal, Yercaud and other flower-growing areas land at Wilson Garden market before being shipped to Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi, as well as export destinations via the international airport from Bengaluru.

“If the market closes, the flower movement will be completely frozen. No shipment can take place. Flowers sold for ₹200 will now drop to ₹150,” he says.

Hosur was entirely dependent on the Wilson Garden market until 2010. But, it slowly diversified while remaining dependent on the market for up to 40% of its products, says Prasath. However, more than 95% of flowers in Nilgiris, Yercaud and Kodaikanal depend on this market.

According to S. Meganathan, Head of the Nilgiris Section of the Growers Council of India, “Nilgiris trade flowers worth ₹1 crore per day in the flower market. From Thursday, traders stopped taking boxes because they were ordered to evacuate. A bouquet of cut flowers was ₹800 and now this order is going to hurt our prices. That’s why we need to have our own auction market, and once the Hosur auction market is open, we don’t have to depend on Bengaluru anymore,” he says.

It’s wedding season, when there are good prices for flowers. But with the court order, the only flower center in Bangalore will be closed.

In a statement, a consortium of horticultural associations including Flower Council of India, South India Floriculture Association, Hosur Floriculture Association, Anekal Farmers Association, Wilson Garden Traders Association among others requested the BBMP to identify an alternative site before proceeding. leave the flower market.

“We plan to move the Supreme Court against the order,” Mr. Prasath said.

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