The first edition of an ornamental flower and plant festival in Sa Dec City under Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam is scheduled to take place from December 30 to January 5 to honor this over-300-year-old flower-growing locality.
The festival is also expected to promote economic and cultural values of locally-grown ornamental flowers and plants as well as boost local tourism growth, Huynh Minh Tuan, vice-chairman of the provincial administration, introduced the festival while addressing a press briefing on Friday.
|Representatives of flower-growing businesses attend a press briefing to announce the upcoming Sa Dec ornamental flower and plant festival, Dong Thap Province, southern Vietnam, December 8, 2023. Photo: Dang Tuyet / Tuoi Tre
The Sa Dec ornamental flower and plant festival will showcase a wide range of ornamental flowers and plants, honor flower farmers, as well as incorporate seminars on measures to enhance the chain value in the field and a business matchmaking conference, Tuan said.
Pham Thanh Tam, owner of Rose Garden tourist site, revealed that local farmers previously planted flowers mostly in the ground, then on pots placed on frames before growing their businesses bigger. Policies adopted by local authorities paved the way for flower farmers to develop tourism based on flwoer farming.
Visitors to the tourist site can admire the beauty of some 12,000 pots of flowers and miniature gardens being showcased in a rose field and discover how local people make bamboo woven flower pots, among many other interesting activities, Tam elaborated.
During the run-up to the festival, some urban streets in Sa Dec underwent renovation while nearly VND140 billion (US$5.7 million) was spent to widen the city’s square, according to Vo Thi Binh, vice-chairwoman of the Sa Dec administration.
The total area for flower farming also steadily rose from 650 hectares to 950 hectares, she continued.
The city is home to more than 4,000 flower-growing household businesses, 200 business facilities offering ornamental flowers and plants for sale, with average income at VND150 million ($6,186) per person per year and the total annual output exceeding VND3 trillion.
Flower farmers in the city have also prepared new and fascinating flowers over the past few months in order to bring them to the upcoming festival, including multi-colored Korean mums, the vice-chairwoman said.