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Prolonged drought drives up flower prices in Yunnan

By : Xinhua|Updated: 2010-03-22

KUNMING, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Rare drought has seriously cut down fresh flower output in Yunnan Province, China's largest fresh flower production and export base, driving up market prices, the provincial flower industry office said Saturday.

About 31,000 hectares, or 80 percent of the province's total flower fields, were short of irrigation. About 10,853 hectares were damaged and 1,627 hectares were left with no harvest, according to the office.

The drought has incurred 854 million yuan (125 million U.S. dollars) in direct economic loss in the sector, statistics from the office showed.

Yunnan provides nearly 80 percent of all fresh flower sales in the domestic market. Many cities across the country have reported nearly a 100 percent price rise and a remarkable drop in supplies this year.

Average wholesale price for a rose hit 2 yuan in the first two months of the year at the Dounan Flower Market, doubling the price at the same period of last year. The market, in Kunming, capital of Yunnan, is China's largest flower wholesale center.

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