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Philippine Floriculture Faces Decline In Production Due To Climate Change

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018 in Flower | Comments Off on Philippine Floriculture Faces Decline In Production Due To Climate Change

Philippine Floriculture Faces Decline In Production Due To Climate Change

Rose, chrysanthemum, and orchid cut flowers are some of the popular products of the floriculture industry in the Philippines, but statistics show that there has been a decrease in production up to 4.94% since 2016.

 

Statistics

According to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the production of chrysanthemum, rose, and orchid cut flowers reached its peak in 2004 at 23, 618 metric tonnes. However, this level of production did not go well over the years as between 2004 and 2018, there has been a steady decline, as shown in the data gathered by the PSA.

 

Rising prices

The decreasing production of the flowers has led to price increase in such a short period of time. Wilma Eron, a local flower vendor, explained that she had to increase the price of the flowers she sells in just a matter of seven days. Wow Juanson, another florist and vendor, explains that the prices rely on the suppliers. He adds that if the supply is low, the suppliers can increase the price because they know that others don’t really have much choice but to buy.

 

Competition

Managing Director for Puentespina Orchids and Tropical Plants Incorporated Angel P. Puentespina says that the country is facing tough competition against the floriculture industry in Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, and China.

 

Challenges

However, the declining production of flowers is just a sign of a greater problem, says Puentespina. She cites climate change as a major factor in the production of the majority of cut flowers in the country. She explains that there were areas that used to be cooler before, but because of climate change, these places have become warmer. This, in turn, makes the place and the plants growing in it more susceptible to insects and other pests. This is already a challenge in and of itself, but farmers then have to spend more on insecticides, which is yet another problem. She adds that smarter farming techniques need to be followed to help the flowers thrive despite the challenges that are arising, like using secure greenhouses, instead of nets for shade. She believes that addressing climate change would help improve production and encourage investors.

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Orchid Distributors In Thailand Safe From Dengue Fever

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Flower, Health, News | Comments Off on Orchid Distributors In Thailand Safe From Dengue Fever

Orchid Distributors In Thailand Safe From Dengue Fever

The rainy season is about to end with Thailand’s tropical climate always hot. Thailand is known for its two seasons, the dry and rainy seasons. Rainy season starts around May or June and ends about November or December. People from temperate regions always think that the rainy season never ends. Rainy season in Thailand can be gentle, heavy to windy. And because of the steady breeze and high temperature, the country is great for raising tropical orchids. It’s where orchid distributors in Thailand make money to grow these types of plants.

Normally, a rainy season in Thailand can trigger flooding, which can really be devastating. Every year can be different depending on the monsoon. Last year and this year was drier until October. Then suddenly heavy rain poured down several times a day and increased standing waters. The standing water developed can breed mosquitoes, and these can cause dengue fever.

Because of the unusual volume of rain at the end of the rainy season, breeding of mosquitoes have exploded. In fact, they are everywhere ready to feed on your blood in the homes, office or even just in your vehicle. In short, dengue fever is around us and may affect people raising orchids. However, it is untrue that it can impact those orchid distributors in Thailand and their exports.

According to latest reports, over 100,000 Thais have contracted dengue fever and around a hundred died of the illness. The disease is triggered by a virus that is passed on by Aedesaegypti mosquito from an infected person to an uninfected individual. The disease is not passed on person to person.

Dengue fever starts with an ordinary flu to a bad cold. However, the fever can rapidly rise and with no proper medical attention, it can go quickly bad for the victim. It can cause severe tissue and organ damage, and bleeding from any parts of the body. Dengue fever has no medical treatment or immunization for cure. Fortunately, only 1% case can cause fatality.

So if you live in areas where standing water are around, try to clean and throw them away. People raising orchids have nothing to fear as it doesn’t affect them. So the business of orchid distributors in Thailand goes on and on.

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