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11:36 Mar 23 2010

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Western China's drought sends flower prices in Lhasa soaring
11:36, March 23, 2010  


Flower prices in Tibet's capital of Lhasa has shot up by 20 percent as a result of the recent serious drought in western China. (Xinhua Photo)


Flower prices in Tibet's capital of Lhasa has shot up by 20 percent as a result of the recent serious drought in western China.

"The flower market in inland cities has experienced a sharp rise in wholesale prices due to the drought. I sold an orchid at 180 yuan a pot in the past, but now it sells at 250 yuan," said a seller in the Sun Island Flower Market, Lhasa.

"Our products come mainly from Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangdong provinces. About 80 percent of plots planted with flowers have been hit by the lasting drought, resulting in a 50 percent drop in flower production year on year. However, with the increasingly higher demand in the rest of China, flower prices are expected to surge further if the drought continues," he added.

Source: Xinhua

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