Colombian flower growers want to help U.S. residents express their feelings on Valentine’s Day by shipping 700 million stems, mostly roses, and helping ease sadness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, said an industry leader.
It is the first time in history that Colombian flowers are exported to the United States and other countries in the midst of a pandemic, and despite logistical challenges, they face the Valentine’s season “with moderate optimism and uncertainty,” according to the president of the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters (Asocolflores), Augusto Solano.
The South American country is the main supplier of flowers to the United States and the second worldwide after the Netherlands.
“We had a relatively good year under the circumstances,” Solano said in a recent interview with .. “On this Valentine’s Day we hope to bring that message of joy, friendship, love to thousands of people and homes in the world, but particularly in the United States, which is also going through a very difficult time.”
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