Flower trade wilts under lockdown across the country
Mitesh Patel, a grower of flowers at Badarkha, a village near Ahmedabad, is desperate for an end to the lockdown.
“Otherwise, my rose plants will get burnt down in this heat. My irrigation motor is in disrepair and I am unable to find a technician because of the lockdown. Somehow, I am managing to get water from other sources to keep the plants alive, but that isn’t sustainable. And if a plant dies, it will take at least six months for a substitute plant to bear flowers,” Patel said.
Kerala allows rubber tapping in latex processing, glove production units
The Kerala government has provided lockdown exemption for rubber plantations involved in latex processing and production of rubber and surgical gloves.
A decision to this effect was taken based on the request to allow the factories involved in latex processing and production of rubber/surgical gloves as they produce essential commodities required in tackling the spread of Covid-19. These factories can transport latex barrels to and from the plantations to factories so that the supply is assured.
They are also allowed to bring in required numbers of such barrels along with ammonia and other preservatives needed for such transportation of field latex to factories. Permission is also granted to the rubber plantations with maximum 25 per cent of staff strength during the lockdown period.
Plea to supply essential items to Nilgiris tea estate workers
Tea estates in the Nilgiris are facing shortage of essential items for their worker families.
Estates have closed the roads to the surrounding towns and villages and have stopped engaging non-resident workers. The government has allowed the estates and factories to work with only 50 per cent of their workforce.
Some estates have ration shops within their compounds for the benefit of workers and their families. After the lockdown, the supply of ration commodities have been delayed.