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East African nation ship millions ‘Valentine day’ roses to Australia this month

Australia has already received a record 10.5 million roses over the past two weeks before the day.

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East African nation ship millions ‘Valentine day’ roses to Australia this month

Australia has already received a record 10.5 million roses over the past two weeks before the day.

14 February 2018 Wednesday 17:24
East African nation ship millions ‘Valentine day’ roses to Australia this month

By Azania Post Reporter

KENYA has transported millions of romantic flowers to Australia that would be used during valentine’s day on Wednesday.

Xinhua had reported that Australia has already received a record 10.5 million roses over the past two weeks before the day.

According to the Federal Department of Agriculture, up 1.25 million on last year, lovesick Aussie's have shipped in 6.46 million rose stems from the African country since the beginning of February.

Reports say although many wives and girlfriends may be delighted by the figures, Australia's agriculture sector have voiced concerns about the growing pressure on the domestic flower industry.

Finding it difficult to fight with cheaper importers, executive officer of the Flower Association of Australia Shane Holborn told local media that "rose producers in Australia are a dying breed."

He said : "We've had a substantial number of them just go out of business or change to another crop, it's not easy for them”.

But due to new biosecurity laws being introduced March 1, next year's Valentine's Day could see a big drop in the number of roses coming from overseas.

"In a nutshell, the changes will be around more fumigation of the product before it comes into the country, more rigorous checking when they arrive, and more consistently applied sampling procedures in all ports of entry," He said.

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