PUNE: A group of nine farmers from Ambegaon tehsil will start exporting roses for the celebration of Valentine's day.
The harvesting of the roses is almost complete and soon it will be shipped to Netherlands and other European Member countries and to Japan as well, said Bhikaji Dhumal, a farmer who has set up a green house on 17 guntha plot.
Dhumal is one of the nine farmers from the tehsil, who have ventured into this business.
The export will start in coming few days and will continue till February 8. The farmers expect to get Rs 7 to Rs 10.50 per stem, Dhumal said.
Many farmers from Talegaon Dabhade's Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have been exporting roses to EU member countries and also supplying them to metro cities.
The other farmers in the group are Mohan Thorat (50 guntha), Rahul Londhe (20 guntha), Mahesh Daine (10 guntha), Suresh Bhor (40 guntha), Vasant Thorat (20 guntha), Popat Dhoble (20 guntha), Prabhakar Chaskar (10 guntha) and Dnyasheshwar Thorat (20 guntha).
The variety grown for export purpose is Bordeaux, First Red and Gold Strike. The current rate in the domestic market is Rs 100 for 20 stems.