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Sale of artificial flowers surges in Dhangadhi and Humla

SUDURPASCHIM:- Market places and bazaars in Dhangadhi in Sudurpaschim Province are abloom with artificial flowers as the five-day festivity Tihar continues.
Marigold and globe amaranth are in high demand during the festival but owing to the shortage in the market, locals in urban areas have been attracted to artificial flowers made up of plastic, cloth and paper.
Flowers that are offered while worshipping the crow, dog, cow, oxen and brothers by sisters and that are used for decorating houses during the festival are in short supply in Dhangadhi town areas.
Also, the limited numbers of original and natural flowers that are brought from Narayangadh, Chitwan district are too costly, forcing the consumers to opt for relatively cheaper artificial flowers, said Ashok Thapa, a local trader.
Commercial farming of marigold and globe amaranth flowers is very limited in Dhangadhi. Small nurseries are unable to cater the high demand of marigold and globe amaranth flowers during Tihar, he said.
The Dhangadhi’s trader observed that consumers were attracted to artificial flowers due to its attractive look and durability. Parbati Bhatta, a local, said that she chose to buy artificial flowers as the original ones were hard to find and if even found, it would be costly.
Natural flower garland costs Rs 100 per piece while that of artificial flower cost Rs 60. Anita Joshi who was going to village to look out for natural marigold flowers said, “The marigold flowers planted in our garden were destroyed by the unseasonal rain.”
Meanwhile, colorful artificial flowers too bloom in Simkot, district headquarters of Humla, in lack of adequate natural flowers. Low production of natural flowers could not meet with the high demands during the festivals. Local traders have flown the artificial flowers from Banke and Surkhet districts.
The whole Simkot market dazzles with vibrant and colourful artificial flowers. Marigold flower’s garland is being sold at Rs 50 to Rs 300 here. It is learned that there is no floriculture in the district as yet.

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