Orchids set for new spring with expert help

NParks plans to help nurseries produce new varieties in effort to revitalise ailing industry

Formerly the world's third-largest orchid exporter, Singapore fell to fourth place in 2016 after it was overtaken by Taiwan.
Formerly the world's third-largest orchid exporter, Singapore fell to fourth place in 2016 after it was overtaken by Taiwan.ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

The hardy orchid may have taken a beating of late, with exports out of Singapore falling by close to half in the past decade.

But the National Parks Board (NParks), which took over the management of orchid nurseries from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority on Jan 1, has grand plans to help the national flower blossom again. It plans to offer its expertise to nurseries and help them produce new varieties of orchids.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2018, with the headline 'Orchids set for new spring with expert help'. Subscribe