Establishing Floriculture Gardens

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An Act establishing a Floriculture garden in every municipality of the Province of Camarines Sur, allocating funds therefor, and for other purposes.

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EXPLANATORY NOTE

Its activities encompass, but are not limited to the growing of various and specialize species or varieties of flowering or ornamental plants, flower seeds, seedlings or cuttings; nursery operations; tissue culture propagation; post-harvest handling and storage; and marketing or market assistance.

People engaged in the flower growing or ornamental horticulture sector usually do the work of growing and harvesting not only of flowers, but also of foliage and essential oil crops; managing and maintaining either field-based or controlled growing environments; and post-harvest treatment and production of plant products.

In the Philippines, the floriculture industry could be transformed into a sunshine industry, with great export market potential. If our country can more fully develop its floriculture industry, it can capture a significant portion of the world market. It is therefore the intent of this bill to establish local floriculture gardens that will serve as initial core training and research facilities and experimental plant stations with capabilities to disperse and distribute planting materials which are all designed to spark interest in this growing and lucrative industry.

Considering the merits of this Bill, its early approval is earnestly requested.

LUIS RAYMUND F. VILLAFUERTE, JR.