With the objective to encourage new investment in ornamental plant production for the export market and also improve the product quality, the Sri Lanka Export Development Board in collaboration with the National Plant Quarantine Service (NPQS), Department of National Botanic Gardens (DNBG) and Sri Lanka floriculture industry experts, organized a full day workshop on the production of ornamental plants. The workshop was held on December 4th at the EDB auditorium and was organized for the Floriculture Exporters/ Potential Exporters & Suppliers.
With the development of higher living standards of the world, people have started to buy more ornamental plants for personal use as well as gifts. Also in companies, at events, weddings and recreation purposes it has been shown the use of more flowers and plants as indoor decorations. In Europe and USA there is a new trend in bringing nature back to their daily life, by using natural ornamental plants. Therefore, there is a great demand for best quality ornamental plants in the global market.
Floriculture industry is considered a high income generating agribusiness and it can potentially be harnessed as a means of socioeconomic development in Sri Lanka. Also, this sector can be identified as one of the opportunities to get women to contribute to the national economy. It will enable the empowering of women workforce to improve their standard of living. Sri Lanka earned around USD 16 Mn in year 2017 by exporting floriculture products. Of that 39% of products are exported as live plants while 60% of them exported as cut foliage. The world demand for ornamental plant production in year 2017 is nearly US$ 19 Bn which is Sri Lankan share is only 0.17 %.
In order to cater the export market, ornamental plants should be made in uniform quality in large quantities. Prior to the export, the plant quarantine certificate should be obtained according to the importing country regulations. Since current production is not sufficient, EDB has identified that new investments need to be promoted with the technological knowhow.