Turkish Cut Flowers Association Chairman Ismail Yilmaz remarked how Mother’s Day came to the rescue of growers who were struggling mightily due to the Covid19 outbreak.
Ismail Yilmaz: “After a long period of stagnation, the domestic demand finally made a significant jump on Mother’s Day. We believe that this day has generated around 5 million USD worth of economic activity in the floriculture industry. However, exports to other countries dropped significantly due to coronavirus. This year our growers were only able to sell 25 million stems of flowers for an export value of 3 million USD.
The decision to exempt florists from the lockdown on Mother’s Day weekend was a particularly sound decision. I would like to thank all the consumers who preferred flowers and plants as their gifts to their mothers as they have supported an industry that is undergoing a difficult time in this challenging period.”