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From humble beginnings, the South Sea Orchids business model has evolved over the years.
“In 1995, we undertook a feasibility study for extending our dendrobium operation to small out-growers in the surrounding area,” says Stephen Henry, Manager of South Sea Orchids. “The study also recommended that anthuriums be added to the program to spread the overheads of the support services required for out-growers.
The study was feasible and both recommendations were accepted by South Sea Orchids, the rest as they say is history.
“These efforts combined with those of other industry pioneers strengthened our vision to develop a world class floriculture industry in Fiji while making a significant contribution to the livelihoods of our people.”
“Its’ seen the importation of elite planting material from Holland, the introduction of orderly marketing while also positively addressing the alleviation of poverty.”
The Orchid Growers Workshop begins in this episode of Green Pillars; Stephen Henry talks about Dendrobiums, Anthuriums, Vandas, and Phalaenopsis Orchids and how to care for them by watering and providing the right amount of shade, along with potting media.
The 22 part television series is in response to a growing public interest in gardening and farming, and is funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific- FO4ACP Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).