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Flower industry in China took its first step early in the 1980s, and witnessed over 20 years of sustained and rapid development. According to statistics by 2003, the total area of flower production in China had reached 430,000 ha, 96,000 ha larger than that in 2002, indicating a growth rate of 28.7%. The area of flower production in China ranks the first in the world, accounting for 1/3 of the world’s total. At the same time, the economic benefits increased simultaneously. The domestic flower sale in 2003 was RMB 35.31 billion, rising by RMB 5.91 billion over 2002, and the growth rate was 20.1%. The export value of flowers in 2003 was USD 97.568 million, increased by USD 14.736 million over 2002, and the growth rate was 17.8%. The investment and management entities are diverse. The number of enterprises engaged in flower business in 2003 reached over 60,000, an increase of 15.8% over 2002. There were 5,073 large and medium-sized enterprises, accounting for 8.4% of the total. Last year the number of new added practitioners in flower industry was 460,000, and the total reached 2.934 million. The total number of flower growers reached 955,000 households, increased by 90,000 over 2002. With continual improvement of product circulation system, the number of flower markets was reduced by 212 as compared with 2002, indicating that flower circulation system entered a phase of market adjustment.  

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China has a total of 39 genera and over 500 species (excluding those introduced in recent years) of bamboo, with natural distributions of monopodial, sympodial and amphipodial bamboo species. The numbers of genera and species of monopodial bamboo account for more than 95% and 90% of the world’s total respectively. China is a country with the most and richest bamboo germplasm resources in the world.

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NAIVASHA, Kenya, Oct. 16, Xinhua - Kenya's flower growers in Naivasha, about 90 km southwest of Nairobi on Thursday welcomed the move by East African states to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU.

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ARGENTINA, Oct.7, Xinhua - Specimen of succulents plants are displayed during the 51st National Flower Feast, held in Escobar city, 40km from Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 7, 2014. During the show, producers of each provinces of the country participate in with presenting a variety of flowers and plants of different types and species.

10.8 Highlights of 51st National Flower Feast in Argentina

Specimen of succulents plants are displayed during the 51st National Flower Feast, held in Escobar city, 40km from Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 7, 2014. (Xinhua/Martin Zabala)

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PYONGYANG, September.4, Xinhua - A national flower show also involves an experience-sharing meeting and presentation of scientific and technological knowledge to disseminate the technology for cultivating flowers and creating forestation.

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Photo provided by Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Sept. 4, 2014 shows a national flower show in Pyongyang, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). (Xinhua/KCNA)

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