Cutflower growers adopt to new normal

CUTFLOWER growers in the highlands are making the most of opportunities to sell while following health protocols.

Andy Colte, president of the La Trinidad Cutflowers and Ornamental Growers Association (LatCOGA), said the cutflower growers in Benguet strive to slowly go back to business, delivering blooms last month starting with five trucks.

The flowers came from Shilan and Bahong in La Trinidad and Atok.

Colte added various cutflower growers in the highlands only deliver flowers to those with established orders in other provinces in the country while some ventures to online selling.

All businessmen in cutflowers with travel history outside Benguet were also advised to undergo swab test and disinfect their respective cargos as a preventive measure against the virus.

La Trinidad Mayor Romeo Salda advised vegetable and cutflower truck drivers and passengers to undergo swab tests, including the stakeholders who had travel history in Dimasalang.

Individuals who will be tested positive for coronavirus must undergo quarantine for 14 days.

Colte said members of cutflower associations were advised to wear face mask with each truck mandated to have a sprayer with cargo to be disinfected.

Salda said they are targeting stakeholders in the vegetable and cutflower industry to undergo swab testing.

Last week, 277 frontliners including reservists, police personnel and officials in the town undergone swab testing for Covid-19.

The municipality, known as the Salad Bowl of the Philippines, has become a marketing hub of highland vegetables, strawberries and for the past decades.

It also ventured into cutflower production.


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