Business blooming again in the highlands

Buds of May: Florist Rosalinda, 19, at Rose Florist, Subang Jaya busy finishing hand bouquets for the upcoming Mother’s Day celebrations.

IPOH: Forced to throw away tonnes of their flowers at the start of the movement control order (MCO), 150 floriculturists in Cameron Highlands are seeing businesss blooming again.

Just in time too for Mothers Day.

Since the conditional MCO implemented on May 4, about 60% of flower deliveries from Cameron Highlands has resumed.

Cameron Highlands Floriculturists Association president Lee Peng Fo said since the conditional MCO started, various businesses had been allowed to operate, including florists shops, and thus their business had picked up.Lee said about 80% of florists had started operations in the country, and the demand for flowers had increased especially during Wesak Day, and Mothers Day which is today.

“Even the demand for flowers for export purposes has increased, compared to the 20% of exports to countries such as Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia in the last two months.

“I am hoping that business will continue to flourish in the coming weeks and months as well, ” he said, adding that the association had nearly 200 members.

The Star reported on April 14 that tonnes of flowers were thrown away, with Lee saying flowering plants worth close to RM40mil had been disposed since the MCO was implemented.

P. Viswanathan, a flower grower, said he was glad business was almost back to normal, and he no longer needed to throw away tonnes of flowers.

He said the demand for flowers also doubled on Wesak Day, because on the same day, it was also Chitra Pournami, a Hindu festival.

“Besides that, with Mothers Day, I continue to receive orders for flowers throughout the country.

“However I will need to see if the momentum remains the same starting next week, with no festivals requiring flowers.

“But with the majority of flower shops opening soon, I am hopeful that business will slowly pick up, ” he added.

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