Hyderabad: In the blink of an eye “The 9th Grand Nursery Mela”, a five day long blissful horticulture event at Necklace Road, Hyderabad has finally come to an end today with a huge turned out was witnessed even on the culminating day.
The governor Telangana Tamilisai Soundararajan is the notable figure who turned up on the last day of the floral event today and peers around the well-bedecked stalls around the room.
There were stalls full of decorated stones, pebbles, perlite, vermiculite, urban drip irrigation system, birdhouses, seeds, herbs, vegetable flowers seeds, garden tools, bamboo, hydroponic, vertical gardening system, and grow bags in the grand gala event.
Besides, a variety of flower, fruit, and bulb saplings, seeds, seedlings, organic fertilizers, coco peat, pots, grow bags, vertical gardening, hydrophobic, farmhouse, and terrace gardening equipment were put on to display in the mela. There were a wide variety of medicinal plants too like cactus, succulent, arcades, adenium besides exhorting plants curated under one roof.
The average footfall was around 10,000 visitors per day in the Mela while weekdays saw a whopping 25 to 30 thousand tread in the floral event. There were around 120 to 150 stalls being set up at the event who secured the space by depositing an average amount of Rs.20,000 per stall according to the size and width. The organizer fixed Rs.20 per head as an entry fee for the event that hypothetically fetches them nearly Rs.2 Lakhs per day while Rs.5 lakhs to Rs.6 lakhs on weekend during a five-day-long nursery mela.
“According to the conservative estimation, the daily footfall at the event comes narrowly down to 10,000 visitors while the number goes up to a whopping 25 to 30 thousand on weekdays. We have sold out much of our products at the cut off rate we usually purchase.
Generally, we never offer such prices in general days to the public but the Nursery Mela is something different. We closed the day with cheers on our faces besides the visitors too,” informed Mohammed Zakaullah, Proprietor Zak’sCo Garden Center, Himayathnagar, Hyderabad who also have a stall in the event.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, he further said, people exponentially adopted terrace gardening systems in their houses. This has brought a new trend into rolling as more and more people now prefer organic foods and veggies if they are having less space on their roofs or in their backyard.
“There were around 120 to 150 stalls of different agro-based companies, firms, and start-ups. Even the artificial jewelers, dry fruits of Kashmir and peanut Chikkey (brittle) stalls also been permitted to set their stalls that help comes to satiate the thirst of the people who missed industrial exhibition this time due to covid-19 pandemic,” Rajesh, who sets up a stall of succulents in the mela.
“It’s really an amazing experience this time as this Grand Nursery Mela provides a win-win opportunity to both the exhibitors and the plant lovers together. Both of us were benefited from the event as many,” said elated Himanshu Vemula, who has set up a stall of Bio-Organic Fertilizer.