The 2023 Taiwan Flower Variety Promotion Conference will be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center from the 10th to the 12th. This year, more than 1,700 varieties will be displayed. The picture shows the new variety of chrysanthemum. (Dai Deman/The Epoch Times)
[The Epoch Times, November 10, 2023](Epoch Times reporter Dai Deman reported in Taipei, Taiwan) The 2023 Taiwan Flower Variety Promotion Conference will be held at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall from 10th to 12th. Director of the Agri-Food and Food Administration, Wu Zhongyi, said that more than 1,700 varieties will be exhibited this year. Through this matchmaking platform, seedling breeders, seedling operators, and consumers can connect production and sales. In addition to large-scale buyers, in order to allow consumers to bring flowers into their homes, a flower application area has been specially added this year to teach the public to bring newly developed varieties into their homes to embellish their lives and heal their hearts.
Hu Zhongyi said that during the epidemic for more than three years, my country’s flower exports did not decline due to the epidemic, but became more prosperous. Last year, the export value reached 6.66 billion yuan, compared with 6.4 billion yuan the year before. From January to October this year, my country’s export sales of flowers and seedlings totaled 1.5 metric tons, with an output value of 170 million US dollars. Compared with the same period before the epidemic, which saw 21,000 metric tons of export sales and an output value of 180 million yuan, there was not much difference.
Hu Zhongyi also pointed out that some of the new varieties on display this time were not available in the past and are heat-resistant, cold-resistant or more colorful. These selected new varieties can be said to be the most advanced and innovative in the world. In the past two years, new varieties have been launched, and Japan has quickly placed orders. This year, more than a dozen buyers from Japan and the Netherlands have also participated. Starting from 2021, the Agri-Food and Food Administration has assisted the Taiwan Flower Development Association in organizing flower variety promotion meetings to build a communication platform for breeders, farmers, and seedling operators.
Seedling dealer Wu Mulin introduced new varieties of rose lilies to The Epoch Times. In the past, lilies had single petals, had buds, and shed pollen, while rose lilies had double petals, no pollen, and were very noble. He also introduced new varieties of chrysanthemums. In the past, chrysanthemums gave people the impression that they appeared at funerals. The new varieties of chrysanthemums have different flower shapes and can be used in high-end restaurants and floral design.
Wu Mulin said that flowers are a very fashionable industry. Floral art does not only appear on high-end occasions. As long as people use a small pot of one or two beautiful flowers, their lives can have texture and a healing effect, and the cost is very low. popularization.
Chu Zhewei, an assistant hired by the Agricultural Experimental Institute of the Ministry of Agriculture who developed new varieties of dianthus, told The Epoch Times that dianthus originally only bloomed from autumn to spring, but the new variety is heat-resistant and can bloom all year round. After pruning, they will bloom again, and the cycle will continue. You don’t need to change flower seeds for two or three years. ◇
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