Taipei, Amidst a 20 percent-30 percent drop in flower exports due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is working with Taipei Metro to operate a series of flower shops inside metro stations selling locally produced blooms, in an effort to boost local sales.
The second of the stores had its official opening on Wednesday at the Songjiang Nanjing station following a two-month trial run during which it recorded a daily sales high of NT$12,000 (US$409), with an average per day of NT$4,000-NT$5,000, according to Evelyn Lu (呂瀅瀅), chairwoman of the Taipei Flower Auction, which will buy the flowers from local farmers and sell them through the stores.
Lu noted that Ghost Month, which started this year on Wednesday, generally gives a boost to flower sales, as many people purchase flowers as appeasements for the ghosts.
Ghost Month is observed annually in the seventh month of the Lunar calendar, during which people worship ghosts that return to the living world during that month.
She also noted an expected sales increase for the upcoming Chinese Valentine’s Day, which falls on Aug. 25 this year.
The metro flower shops sell everything from orchids, roses, balloon flowers to lilies.
Asked about the sales performance of flowers compared to last year, Hu Jong-i (胡忠一), director-general of the Agriculture and Food Agency, blamed the drop in exports on the COVID-19 ban on imports by the United States and Japan –the two leading importers of Taiwan’s flowers.
Hu expressed hope that the flower shops will be expanded throughout Taipei’s 131 metro stations.
The first of the stores opened at the Zhongshan Metro Station on July 25.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel