Flower farmers and florists across the country have been having a hectic time, as flower sales marked a sharp rise marking the Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day.
To celebrate the Pahela Falgun and Valentine’s Day, many people, especially the teenagers thronged flower shops to buy flowers, floral gifts and boutiques.
The florists geared up their shops with different kinds of flowers targeting the festive occasions with many temporary flower shops popping up beside the streets in Dhaka, Chittagong, Khulna, Jessore, Sylhet, Barisal and other cities across the country.
Many people came out to the streets in the capital on Tuesday to celebrate the Pahela Falgun, the first day of spring.
They gathered in the main city points to receive the spring through songs, poetry recitations and dance performances.
Many couples hanged out on the day by rickshaw, private car, motorbikes, bus and CNG-run auto-rickshaws in the capital.
They were seen thronging different tourist spots wearing colourful dresses with flowers in their hands.
Sale of flower may exceed Tk 40 to Tk 45 crore across the country from February 10 to 14, said Abdur Rahim, president of Bangladesh Flowers Society.
While the capital city Dhaka may witness a sale of about Tk 15 crore, said Abul Kalam, president of Floating Hawkers’ Association at Shahbagh.
He said they made huge sales on Tuesday as many people came to Ekushey Book Fair on the day to celebrate Pahela Falgun.
“Valentine’s Day is the biggest day for florists across the country and we stockpiled huge flowers for brisk sales,” he said.
They witnessed huge sale of flower till Tuesday midnight, he said adding that it will continue till Wednesday.
To bag extra profits, many traders have set up temporary flowers shops beside the streets in the capital and are also selling the flowers at much higher price.
Florists in the capital stockpiled flowers of different varieties, including rose, gerbera, gladiolus, tuberose, marigold and others, eying sales especially for the two festivals.
AKM Manirul Alam, deputy director (Fruit and Flower) of Horticulture Wing of Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE), said flower farming has been expanding in the country due to rising demand.
The country produced 306,95,55,833 flowers in 2,214.34 hectares of land in 2016-17 fiscal year, according to horticulture wing of DAE..