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.”