(Xinhua) -- Australia is set to have its most
romantic Valentine’s Day ever on Wednesday, with the
news that a record 10.5 million roses have been imported
over the past two weeks.
According to the The Federal
Department of Agriculture, the majority of the imports
have come from Kenya.
Up 1.25 million on last year, lovesick
Aussie’s have shipped in 6.46 million rose stems from
the African country since the beginning of February.
Although many wives and girlfriends
here may be delighted by the figures, Australia’s
agriculture sector have voiced concerns about the
growing pressure on the domestic flower industry.
Finding it difficult to compete with
cheaper importers, executive officer of the Flower
Association of Australia Shane Holborn told local media
that “rose producers in Australia are a dying breed.”
“We’ve had a substantial number of
them just go out of business or change to another
crop, it’s not easy for them,” he said.
But due to new biosecurity laws being
introduced March 1, next year’s Valentine’s Day could
see a big drop in the number of roses coming from
“In a nutshell, the changes will be
around more fumigation of the product before it
comes into the country, more rigorous checking when
they arrive, and more consistently applied sampling
procedures in all ports of entry,” Holborn