By Eric Haurupma – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Over 50 members of the PNG Cut Flowers Association showcased their products at the 8th Annual Flower Show currently underway at the National Arts Theatre in Port Moresby.
Local flower farmers and florists treated the public to a variety of flower arrangements and flower displays from across the country.
With the theme ‘Promoting Floriculture in PNG’, PNG Cut Flower Association members displayed varieties of flower products in stalls and flower pot arrangements.
Following a criteria these flowers are set for assessment by experienced florists Janet Woyengu, and the Department of News and Livestock’s Anna Yamanei and Cecilia Kagana.
PNG Cut Flowers Association President, Mary Saun, said it’s the eighth year of the show and it has drawn many participating local farmers from outside of Port Moresby.
“It has been encouraging not just for Port Moresby, [as] we have other provinces and it shows that other provinces are seriously going into flower business,” she said.
Many of these farmers came from Manus, Maprik, Simbu, Northern, Eastern Highlands, Morobe and the National Capital District.
EMTV spoke to Maggie Aisa, who is an experienced florist of over seven years.
“Taking part in this flower show, it’s something that will help us to get to know other ladies from other provinces and to see what type of flowers they have and how they can sell their products to other people,” she said.
Since its inception in 2009, the floriculture business has helped many farmers financially who have been engaged in the SME sector.
The beauty of these tropical flowers may well ignite the interest of business houses, government departments and people in the nation’s capital to visit the show.