Orders increase in Guyana’s ‘Cut Rose’ Project for Valentine’s Day

Orders increase in Guyana’s ‘Cut Rose’ Project for Valentine’s Day
Some of the roses at NAREI in Guyana.
Some of the roses at NAREI in Guyana.

The One Guyana ‘Cut Rose’ Project continues to make significant progress, with some 1,600 roses being harvested weekly from the shade houses at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI).

A report by the Department of Public Information (DPI) said this project is designed to create employment and generate income for single parents.

It is being executed by NAREI in Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, under the direction of the Ministry of Agriculture.

Research Assistant at NAREI, Melissa Ferreira, noted that currently there are four shade houses with 600 plants in each.

She disclosed that approximately 400 roses are harvested weekly from each shade house.

As it relates to the variety of roses within the shade houses, Ferreira said, “Right now, we have 25 different colours. The types would be the Hybrid Tea (Rose) plants. And then, we also have some miniature variety. But the main variety would be the Hybrid Tea and we have 25 different colour variation of those.”

The research assistant stated that there is an increase in orders for the roses due to the upcoming Valentine’s Day.

“Persons were calling since early last month to place their orders. Based on the amount that we have estimated to harvest, which is 1,600, we have about 1,400 roses ordered in total for Valentine’s Day.”

She added that the institute is also catering for walk-in purchases for Valentine’s Day, “We’ll be busy for valentine since we’re catering for 1,600 orders.”

Meanwhile, Research Scientist, Leelawattie Persaud, who is attached to the Horticulture Department at NAREI, reiterated that the project contributes to the income of single parents by improving their livelihood.

She added that this project is extremely unique since, “It is a faster turnover as compared to other agricultural crops in terms of investments, and productions.”

With Guyana being a tropical country and its vast environmental conditions, Persaud stated that Guyana can elevate from being one of the main importers of fresh roses to an exporter in the future.

  • PublishedFebruary 18, 2023

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