Tunisian journalist switches to growing edible flowers

Sonya Ibidhi, who worked as a journalist in Tunisia for 22 years, has found the peace she was looking for in growing edible flowers. Ibidhi grows rare flowers used in medicine and cooking, has been awarded her country's "best businesswoman" prize for 2021.

The entrepreneur, who lives in the province of Cenduba in the north-east of the country, says that journalism is a very stressful profession and that she has no regrets about her decision. "I loved my job as a journalist for 22 years," she says. But I've always wanted to work with the land ever since I was a child. I realized that certain rare flowers used in cooking and medicine were not available in Tunisia and were imported. I developed in this field and realized my dream of farming in this way.

She received agricultural training in a vocational training course before starting floriculture, Abidi said he started floriculture with 5 flowers and increased the number of varieties to 21 over time.

"Producing edible flowers is a project I've been dreaming about for a long time and which I realized after looking at all the aspects. I started my project in Tabarka because it's a region with high humidity and easy water requirements. Tabarka, with its mild climate, is a very suitable place for growing flowers. At first, I started with 5 types of flowers, then I increased this number to 7, then to 15, and now I grow 21 types of flowers", said Ibidhi.

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