Flower trade

BIRENDRANAGAR: Locals of Surkhet district are worried as they could not use flowers planted in their own garden because the second largest festival of Hindus, Tihar, came earlier this year. They will have to depend on Indian flowers after the marigold and makhamali (Gomphrena globosa) flowers did not bloom in time for Tihar. Locals said the flower yiled was low due to various diseases and time shortfall. Flower traders said they sold flowers worth around Rs 1 million by Friday. Garland trader Mintu claimed that he sold flowers worth Rs 0.1 million in these past five days. Another flower trader said the market was good this year.