The following video shows how the flower business keeps blooming in Ecuador —the world’s third- largest exporter of cut flowers: Ecuador’s flower exports keep its economy blooming.
Highlights of the video:
- BellaRosa grows its roses in these long polytunnels under the fierce equatorial sun. The company has expanded its cultivation eightfold since it began 20 years ago – harvesting tens of thousands of flowers a day.
- The less-than perfect flowers get recycled for compost as part of a drive to reduce pesticide use and boost sustainability, while the rosiest get brought to the shop, sorted and graded.
- Workers churn out 25 bunches an hour and more than $350 a month, almost a hundred dollars ahead of other South American rivals in the flower business. With more than 100,000 employees, the industry is the biggest employer in the highlands around Quito.
- In Ecuador, they’re using a new technique to make these flowers in a multitude of colors.
Source: CCTV America