Covid-19 brings losses to flower growers

Tuesday, Mar 03, 2020 15:27

Nguyen Cong Cuong harvests his roses in Tay Tuu Village. The Covid-19 epidemic has cut his sales in half. — Photo

Days before International Women’s Day (March 8) are often the best for flower sellers at Tay Tuu Flower Village in Ha Noi, but the continuing Covid-19 epidemic has cut sales of flowers in half this season.

Nguyen Cong Cuong and his wife have prepared 1,000 roses to deliver to customers. Unlike in other years when they had to hire more people to cut the plants, this season they have done all the work themselves to reduce costs.

Cuong said: "Prices of flowers this year have dropped by half. Normally, after Tet we can sell flowers for Valentines’ Day, temple rituals, Spring festivals, and for International Women’s Day. This year, Covid-19 stopped all those things, dumping the prices of the flowers. Most of us face losses."

His wife, Nguyen Thi Nga, said: “Now we sell each bouquet of 100 roses at VND100,000 (US$4.3). Last year, the price was VND200,000 or more.”

Planting flowers in four sao (360sq.m) of land, Nga said: "The sales we make this season may not cover rent for land, fertiliser and others. We have two sao with ready-to-bloom flowers, but there are no orders for them.”

Growing more flowers and also more expensive ones, Le Thi Ki is facing bigger losses.

Ki said: "My family has more than a dozen sao of lilies that are ready to harvest. At present, a bunch of lilies (with five flowers) are about VND20,000 each. Compared to the prices from Tet holiday, the prices of each decreased by VND35,000.”

Ki adds: “The prices are so low, but no one wants to buy them.”

After spending VND100 million on each sao of lilies, Ki could only earn between VND50 million and VND70 million.

She thinks the Covid-19 epidemic and postponing of festivals greatly reduces the need to buy flowers for temples and pagodas.

The grower also says: "Ordinary people are worried about the epidemic’s influence on the economy and have started tightening their spending."

In addition to roses and lilies, owners of gerberas, white daisies, yellow daisies, pink daisies and dahlia gardens in the village also face 30 to 50 per cent losses.

Tay Tuu Flower Village is in Bac Tu Liem District, some 20km from the city centre. The 250ha-village supplies flowers to Ha Noi and other northern provinces for big festivals and events. — VNS

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