27 Feb 2012

Solomon Islands florist hopes to expand flower exports

6:38 am on 27 February 2012

A florist in Solomon Islands says she hopes a trial export of flowers to Brisbane from Honiara will led to growth for women involved in the business.

Anne Maedia says the trial of exporting local flowers like spider orchids is due to start in mid April and will run for six weeks.

She says quarantine officers from both countries will be involved in the project and if it's successful she hopes to send more tropical flowers to Darwin.

She says it's too soon to say if she will make much of a profit and she is expects to learn more information from the trial.

"This is the first time we are doing. So we have to do our experiment on those exporting; the failures, the success that we'll see during our trial of export."

Anne Maedia says she is working with women picking the flowers in the Honiara area and if the project is successful it may expand to the provinces.