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Fiji’s floriculture industry currently consists of some 200 semi-commercial cut flower growers and a few small commercial growers; it’s estimated that these growers employ around 50 people.
“Our work alongside other industry pioneers has created a ‘flower culture’ and where we’ve seen livelihood opportunities from floriculture substantially increase,” says Stephen Henry, Manager of South Sea Orchids based in Nadi, Fiji.
Anthuriums, dendrobium orchids, gingers, heliconias and mokara orchids are identified as having the best potential for a small cut flower business in Fiji.
“At present, local markets exist for all these flowers. In the future, some might have export potential.”
The Orchid Growers Training with Stephen Henry continues at South Sea Orchid in Nadi; in this episode we learn about orchid, insecticide, pesticides and fertilizers.
The 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).