he year 2020 was not a fruitful year for everyone in Singapore. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the economy plunging greatly in many sectors. Floristry and landscape were badly affected by this pandemic, especially when Singapore implemented a “circuit breaker”.
During the circuit breaker period in April, the Floriculture Association Singapore (FAS) held their AGM in a new norm with the use of technology software, ZOOM. It was shared during the meeting that many florists, landscapers and flower nurseries were having difficulties maintaining their businesses despite help received from the government. Flower supplies from the nurseries were insufficient as shipments were either delayed or cancelled. Many florists were then unable to get their hands on the flower materials, which led to unavailability to sell to their customers.
Not just locally, FAS also had meetings with C.A.F.E members from around the world through an E-Meet online, sharing how the pandemic has affected many annual flower exhibitions like the Hong Kong Flower Show, Goyang International Flower Festival (S.KOREA) and Chiang Mai Flower Festival which unfortunately was cancelled due to the pandemic.
Likewise, Tropifame Floral Design School Pte Ltd (Tropifame) was affected too during this period. As many safety measures were put in place, Tropifame could not accommodate as many students for each session. Despite this, Tropifame came up with personal one to one teaching sessions. This not only minimized the crowd in class, but also enabled students to learn and absorb the floristry knowledge better as more focused attention could be given to each student.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank all our members for their continuous support and efforts given to Floriculture Association Singapore despite the pandemic. We will also continue to support the floral interest locally and overseas and do hope for a better 2021.
Irene Hee, AIFD
President, Floriculture Association Singapore