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Philippines: Cut flowers can be export earner

The Agricultural Training Institute (ATI) sees cut flower cultivation as a profitable venture that entrepreneurs and farmers can undertake.

Also, cut flower production can be a stress-relieving activity.

"It [flower arrangement] is truly a form of stress reliever. We can do it both as leisure and business," 64-year-old Zenaida Bugaring of Quezon City said after attending a recent training for cut flower cultivation conducted by ATI, an agency under the Department of Agriculture, in its main office in Quezon City.

“I think I will start my life as a retiree with this. It was said earlier that flowers symbolize the beginning of a new life. As a senior citizen, I think it may just be the start of a new life for me,” Bugaring added.

Fifty-seven-year-old Ma. Teresita Landrum from San Antonio, Zambales, also plans to integrate flower farming in her rice and corn fields after realizing the potential in cut flower production.

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