Kundapur: Covid casts its shadow on unique Hemmadi chrysanthemum

Silvester D'Souza

Daijiworld Media Network - Kundapur (SP)

Kundapur, Jan 15: Failing to get the support of the departments or the government, the once famous chrysanthemum flowers of Hemmadi here have now been moving towards total decimation. These flowers had earned a niche for themselves on account of the geographical benefits, climate and for being a unique species. The flowers are just withering, stripped of their traditional glory due to the Covid restrictions during the last two years. They are now fighting for survival as their cultivators are facing huge losses.

This flower blooms between January and March every year. The flowers bloom well when the climate is cool. The Marnakatte annual festival is a big market for the chrysanthemum growers. The devotees of Lord Brahmalingrshwara of Marnakatte, as a tradition, offer a basketful of Hemmadi chrysanthemums to the deity.

Prashant from Hemmadi who has been doing chrysanthemum cultivation for the last 16 years, says that he spent Rs 1.75 lac this season towards labor, manure, pesticides etc. However, he is now worried about selling the flowers because of the ban on festivals. He employs 30 laborers everyday to harvest the flowers. The farmers have met the local MLA and requested him to allow the festivals with certain restrictions. Now they are waiting with their fingers crossed for the decision.

Will these unique flowers, which are still known for their beauty and fragrance, survive the corona scare? Time alone can tell.

The chrysanthemum farmers have an association of their own. Many opine that the agricultural science centers should have conducted a detailed study on this flower species and communicated its importance and uniqueness to the public. If this had been done, the cultivators would not have been in doldrums now, they say.









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  • Wilfred Lewis, Matpady-Brahmavar/ New York, USA

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    It is time that the State government step in and help the farmers and flower growers. They always worked hard, toiled their sweat to earn their living wages. During this difficult time of the corona pandemic, the State government must help them.

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    State or centre NEITHER has any money left except to for elections.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Since long this corona is there and it will also last now for some time.Just because flowers are not sold and he loosing money,even MLA can not allow to celebrate festivals.One has to realise ,when corona is spread during festivals due to negligence of people ,there is loss of lives and more people have to suffer.Owner has to amke a alternative plan .Instead of flowers grow some vegetables next year.Because corona is and will not go away so fast.grow limited amount of flowers .not such a big amount.Certain vegetables can be stored for longer ,so that not much loss will be there.Flowers cant be stored for long.They are seasonal.

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Valencia

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    See the real beauty of flowers through your own eyes.Gods creation is wonderful.There is only one word and the word is AWESOME.

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  • Deshbhakt, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Kiskaa, kiskaa sunenge ?? Hoteliers, club owners, marriage halls owners, caterers, flower vendors - at the same time rising Covid cases- to whom can we listen and please ???

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  • Veer, Nagpur

    Sat, Jan 15 2022

    Modi’s ‘National Start-Up Day’ will change the fate of Chrysanthemum farmers and other farmers?!?!?!?!?!….Almost all SMSE are in deep distress and closing without govt support and Modi is celebrating National Start-Up day for what??????…….

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  • Alan, Mangalore/U.S.A

    Sun, Jan 16 2022

    The Govt in power and the local M.L.A have other priorities like cows and communal riots and finding fault with People who follow different religions. What else can you expect from B.J.P? People have to fend for themselves. They will come to you only during elections.

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