Sunday, June 16, 2019

Floral industry in Davao blossoms

VENDORS of the floral agro-industry in Davao City expect a P2 million target sales for this year’s Kadayawan Festival.

“Kung ikompara namo sa halin last year, mas dako-dako jud ang among ginaexpect na makuha karun. (If we were to compare from last year’s income, we are expecting a bigger profit for this year.),” Lucresia Estebaya, orchid and floral seller, said in an interview on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Farm and Garden Agri Trade Fair. Estebaya had been selling orchid and other flowers since 2001.

She added she profited over P1 million for her sales on orchids and ornamentals sometime last year.

“Dili lang mga prutas ang dali mahalin, halinun gihapon ang mga orchids basta muabot jud ang Kadayawan Festival (Not only the fruits are saleable, but the orchids as well especially during Kadayawan Festival)," Estebaya said.

She said the influx of visitors and guests help in improved sales of the floral industry here.

“Dili lang man gud mga taga-Davao ang mupalit, naa puy mga taga-Manila, Gensan, ug masking mga taga-Cebu nga muanhi sa Davao pag Kadayawan, (It’s not only the people from Davao who buys, but also people from Manila, Gensan, and even from Cebu who visits Davao during Kadayawan,)” Estebaya said, adding that the city’s endemic orchid, Waling-Waling, is still sought after.

“Maayo gihapon ang supply sa atong Waling-Waling maski mahal-mahal siya kompara sa uban kay ginapangita man gud siya sa mga uban lugar na wala ang bulak (The supply of Waling-Waling remains to be stable even if it is a bit expensive than others because people look for it since the flower does not grow from their provinces,)” Estebeya said.

Other orchids's prices vary: phalaenopsis P1,300 each, dendrobium P200 each, cattleya P1,200 each, and strap P1,500 remain to be best-sellers.


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