Growers get good price on sales of aster flower

Less yield of aster flowers gets good prices in the flower market in Mandalay, according to the flower wholesalers at Thiri Marlar flower market on 26th street in Aungmyethazan Township, Mandalay. “I have been selling flowers as my livelihood for 20 years. This year, bad weather caused decline to yield of flower but flower growers get good prices. From November to March, growers send flowers to this market in the morning, and we distribute them to Madaya, Kyaukse, Sagaing and Meiktila. As retail sales, we sell flowers to local vendors from 4 pm to 9 pm daily in Mandalay. Vendors sell flowers at Htonbutan market on 30th street,” flower wholesaler Daw Nyo Khaing told reporters. “Thiri Marlar flower is the largest flower market in Mandalay, but vendors are engaging in trading of flowers at the flower market near Sakkyathiha Pagoda,” a vendor Ma Thet said. At present, vendors sell K150 per small bundle of aster flower, K350 per gladiola, K500 per chrysanthemum, K3,000 per carnation and K10,000 per pehot flowers. Most of the aster flowers are sent by Ywathit,Kalar, Hsintat and Baythaung villages in Ngazun Township to Mandalay’s market. Chinese companies export its best species of flowers to Mandalay’s market.–Min Htet Aung (Mandalay Sub-printing House)

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