Last week anthuriums bred in Mizoram were exported to Dubai amid a blitz of publicity. It was the first time ever that an export of this kind was being made, and these species of flowers being widely cultivated by many local floral breeders, hopes were high that a lucrative new line of business was about to open up.
However, the people behind the move, Zopar Exports Pvt Ltd, are not finding it very easy going. Although the flowers have reached their destination, transport charges were very high with a single stalk costing as much as 24 Indian rupees. Also the rate for the sales has not yet been settled and negotiations are still underway. Morever the buyers have certain preferences regarding the species of anthuriums. Tropical, gabriella, judith and terra cheers apparently have a better market than others such as figo, rosa, laguna, president, monet etc. Other bestsellers Midori, choco, casino and acropolis were not part of last week’s consignment. Local growers, of which there are an estimated 300, say they have some 20 varieties of anthurium. Still, there’s a huge gap between local and export sales, and Zopar are finding they may have bitten off more than they can chew.
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