Cultivation makes orchid plantation prosper in Argentina
Over 200 varieties of orchid were exhibited at the annual Orchid Festival on August 12 in Buenos Aires, reflecting the local zeal for this seasonal flower, which is non-indigenous to Argentina but blossoms widely in this South American country as a result of cultivation.
(Soundbite) Gustavo Ogata,
President of the Association of Orchid Producers and Growers of Argentina
“The orchid plantation has grown exponentially (in recent years) in Argentina, with nearly one million more fostered on annual basis. I think this is a rapidly growing business.”
This year’s festival aimed to tear down the prejudice about how difficult it was to grow orchid and attract more people to cultivate the flower and even develop the floral craft into an art.
To propel the love for the flower, a silver orchid had been carved out by master silversmith to award the best cultivator of the exhibition.
According to the Association of Orchid Producers and Growers of Argentina, there are currently 20,000 to 30,000 people across the country devoted to the cultivation of orchid.