Turkish flower businesses are set to export flowers worth about $8 million to over 50 countries for International Women's Day on March 8, officials said.
İsmail Yılmaz, chairman of the Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters' Union told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the sector becomes very busy especially during the first quarter of the year with International Women’s Day coming just after Valentine’s Day, which also saw a high export volume of Turkish flowers.
He said they made Valentine’s Day shipments most recently, sending a total of 60 million cut flowers to 50 countries, including the Netherlands, the U.K., Germany, Romania and Ukraine, and the sector is now very busy for a similar export for Women’s Day.
Pink, yellow and white carnations took the lead in Women’s Day purchases while red carnations were the most preferred ones on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.
“The light pink flowers are highly preferable in the U.K., while we can’t sell those to Romania. Romanian purchasers want red and white flowers while Greek purchasers mostly buy white flowers. Pastel colors are most preferable in the Western European countries while those in the Eastern European countries buy mostly vivid colored-flowers,” he said.