Sunday, July 25, 2010

Flower power for East New Britain women

Story and picture by ELIZABETH VUVU


Floriculture is one of the new endeavours currently being promoted strongly in East New Britain to provide womenfolk the opportunity to cultivate and sell plants and flowers to contribute to household income generation.

Last weekend a first-of-its-kind flower show was held at Vunapope Diocese Hall to make the public more aware of this potential.

The flower show is only the second project under the East New Britain Women and Youth in Agriculture partnership with National Agriculture Research Institute (NARI), Cocoa Coconut Institute (CCI) and Department of Agriculture and Livestock (DAL).

The first project is the commercialising of taro in which the women in agriculture have promoted the great potential in exporting taro as a cash commodity.

Pictured here are some mothers in ENB displaying their plants.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:07 AM

    Floriculture was introduced some years back in neighbouring Port Vila and for most women it has grown from being a hobby to a serious business venture. Following floriculture came floral arrangement. In most business houses, hotels, offices and even at the airport, one is able to see very beautiful and interesting flower arrangements that adds that special touch of simple beauty to the place. Mothers strike deals with institutions in which they provide flower arrangements for a regular income. That one single line of activity has liberated a lot of women in Port Vila and I sincerely hope it is developed to the extent that mothers taking part in this endeavour are likewise liberated like their sister here in Vanuatu.