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"Pacific floriculture needs official recognition"

A representative from the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (P.I.F.O.N.), Lavinia Kaumaitotoya said floriculture was not being treated with equal standing as other agricultural exports.

“I raised a concern about floriculture in one of the side events held during [last week's] Pacific Week of Agriculture on how can forums such as Women in Agriculture be a platform for floriculture be recognised as a commodity,” she said.

“When we talk about floriculture it refers to flowers [...and] the plants that our women farm and, yes, it is a fact that these plants are not used for food consumption but [they] put bread on the table for many of our women," she said. 

“P.I.F.O.N. is very passionate about trying to push an initiative to [get] floriculture recognised because once it is recognised then everything will fall into place.

“There will be programmes associated with it as a commodity in terms of pest and disease and also pathways through training, it will open the doors to funding donors working with our women.”

Read more at the Samoa Observer (Adel Fruean)

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