The first provincial orchidarium project of the provincial government was recently established at the provincial capitol grounds to encourage investments in non-traditional crops with economic potentials.
Governor Florencio L. Vargas, who initiated the establishment of the project said, the endeavor is a manifestation of the provincial government´s committed efforts to come up with alternative approaches that would enhance an optimum economic growth, which guarantee the welfare of every Cagayano.
"Cagayan is one province in the country that reign supreme in other cutflowers and plants. We must utilize and enhance this gift to our greatest advantage," Gov. Vargas said.
Considering that cutfiowers and ornamentals are classified under high value commercial crops, the provincial governor said, its technological breakthrough in the production is to be demonstrated to complement agriculture´s thrust on research.
During the groundbreaking ceremonies for the project, Gov. Vargas noted that ability to produce high quality flowers at competitive prices vary by means of production, raw material inputs and growers skills.
To support the successful implementation of the project, he initially released the amount of P150,000 for the project´s operational expenses as he agreed most of the major flowers exported worldwide grown in greenhouses are generally superior in quality compared to the flowers grown in the open fields.
Jose C. Taguba, provincial agricultural officer, said the orchidarium will showcase a wide array of cutflowers and plants that would capture the interest of collectors, general horticulturist and even amateur enthusiasts.
Taguba added the project also includes the culture of ornamental foliage plants into dish gardens, bonsai and potted flowering plants.
Cagayan News and Information Bulletin, Volume 1, No. 3