Association sees floriculture industry as sleeping giant

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THE floriculture industry in the country has the potential to grow, says Joanna Guiop Pile of the PNG floriculture association.
Pile, the association treasurer, said there were a variety of plants and flowers to pick from.
“The floral industry is a sleeping giant that has a big potential to grow,” she said. Pile said flowers beautified homes and could be used as an income-generating activity.
She said trainers visited provinces to teach people flower arrangement for decorations
“It’s not only for mothers. We also train men and children who are enthusiastic about flowers,” Pile said.
“The industry is in its infant stage but we have exposure by going abroad. There is an expo in China this year and some PNG women will be going to showcase our cut flowers.”
The association has 22 registered members.
A national flower show will be hosted at the Laguna Hotel in Port Moresby from May 6 to 12.
“Florists and participants from all over PNG will be taking part in the floriculture show to showcase their cut flowers and arrangements. The invitation is open to the general public who have an interest in the floral industry,” Pile said.
She said everybody could benefit from the industry.
Women order cut flowers from Goroka, Mt Hagen, and 17-Mile and Sogeri, in Central.