Tak rose growers eagerly await Valentine’s Day

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TAK, Feb 11 – Thailand’s largest rose-growing district, Pob Phra in this province, 425 km northwest of Bangkok, is eagerly waiting to cash in on Valentine’s Day when prices of the blossoms will double or even triple.

Chanyawat Somboonporn, a member of the Pob Phra Rose Growers Group, said one rose will sell for as much as Bt20 during what some people call feast of romantic love when young people buy roses to their loved ones.

Pob Phra rose planters normally supply cut flowers to Pak Klong Talad, the capital’s biggest and oldest wholesale market for fresh agricultural produce, and Si Mum Muang market in suburban Bangkok at Bt5-8 per piece and .40 satang each smaller roses with shorter stems.

She said rose growers have never been in the position to set the prices of their products while investment costs have been escalating.

The producer called on the government to pledge the prices of roses like other agricultural produce and promote Pob Phra district as a tourism attraction particularly during the Valentine festival.