There was an old assumption that malnad means not only the heavy rains, wind and chill. The crops of the region are not only arecanut, pepper, coffee and cardamom but there are more. If you discuss about growing flowers, you can see jasmine here and there. If you try any other crop, it would just get decomposed or get shrunk by the wind. Here is a woman who managed to overcome all the odds and to taste the success.
There is no history of growing Tsunami roses in Malnad. But Nayana Hegade of of Kuluve Kenchagadde in Sirsi taluk, wanted to create history and she did by growing Tsunami roses. She got nice crop which filled her pockets just after two months after planting the saplings.
In fact, Shri Kshethra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project motivated Nayana to grow flowers. When SKDRDP entered to Sirsi after joining Shri Mookambika Self-Help Group, in the guidance of an agricultural field supervisor she grew jasmine and got income. Now she has planted jasmine in 30 gunta land spending around Rs. 80,000.
One kilogram of rose would cost around Rs. 80 and she sells around 8 kgs of rose daily at Sirsi market. Nayana gets an average income of Rs. 640 every day and she is very happy about it.