After the terrorist attacks on September 11th of 2011, the World Floral Expo, 2012 returns to New York to showcase the best roses and flowers of the world.
Among the more than twenty international exhibitors, Ecuador was represented by 25 different companies who deployed hundreds of types of flowers that this country produces, mostly roses, which led them to export more than $678 million on flowers in 2011, almost a quarter of total agricultural exports of the country.
“The quality of the Ecuadorian roses is recognized arround the world, its stems can achive almost two meters,” said Nathalie Cely, Ambassador of Ecuador in United States.
This show also featured the prominent presence of producers from Colombia and Peru. In addition to the Latin countries the list of participants includes the Netherlands, Thailand, Ethiopia and Kenya, among others.
In Ecuador there are over 450 varieties of roses, compared to other countries for barely fifty. There are about 170 exporters of flowers. It is an industry that generates about 60,000 direct jobs and in total employs at least 120,000 people.