Flower power to Port Moresby

Farming, Normal


Port Moresby residents and visitors alike can expect to see something different during the Independence Day celebrations next week.
Besides the normal Independence anniversary activities and the Hiri Moale festival, a mini floriculture show will also be staged.
Organisers of the flower show say that the main aim is to showcase the potential of the floriculture industry and how it can change the people’s lives – whether a villager or a city dweller.
With support of the Department of Agriculture and Livestock’s Women in Agriculture section, the National Capital District Commission, Port Moresby Flower Farmers Association, partners and individuals, organisers have planned a three-day show to be held at the Sir John Guise Stadium starting next Monday.
Activities will include the setting up of stalls to display various types of flowers, floral arrangements, displays of cut flowers and ornamental plants and others.
Stallholders and farmers, both from the nation’s capital and Central province, will be providing assistance and giving tips to the general public.
Speakers from both the public and private sectors are expected also at a seminar next Tuesday to discuss issues relating to the development of the floriculture industry.
A formal opening ceremony is planned for the final day on Wednesday.
The floriculture industry in PNG is a “sleeping giant” and can be developed further to create opportunities for many aspiring farmers.
 Papua New Guinea has the potential to become a leading supplier of cut flowers and ornamental plants due to its suitable climate, fertile soils and large tropical rainforest with untapped biodiversity.
 Some of the most-unique and diverse flora in the world can be found in abundance in many rural areas.
DAL and relevant agencies have been promoting floriculture but more effort is needed, particularly in providing technical advice and training programmes.
Some success has already been reported due to commitment by individual farmers; however, many feel that government agencies should take a more active interest in assisting current and potential farmers.