Farmers across Kerala are gearing up for an annual sales surge, as demand for fresh flowers and other farm produce increases due to the bumper monsoon season.
Farmers and traders across the state are planning to open flower shops across the city, said Anurag Bhushan, president of the Kerala Farmers Federation.
The state has witnessed an influx of new farmers since the monsoon arrived.
They are coming from rural areas, where farmers have been reluctant to buy seeds, fertilisers and water for their fields for fear of drying out.
Farmers from villages in Kannur district have started to purchase fertilisers, water and seeds from farmers in other parts of the state.
A total of 18.4 million tonnes of seeds have been purchased, said the association.
Farmers have started buying seeds from their neighbours in villages in the area, said Bhushon.
The association also has plans to buy water from farmers across the district.
“We are planning a water supply system and we are expecting an increase in sales,” he said.
Farm prices have been rising sharply in the past two months.
In October, the government had imposed a levy of 5 per cent on cotton, 10 per cent cotton, 5 per cwt of wheat and 10 per clt of rice for farmers to get water.
But this was scrapped after farmers protested.
“It is a difficult situation for farmers and they are trying to get it back,” said a farmer, who asked not to be identified.