South Korean Exports Of Roses, Lilies Surge To Record High In 2009

SEOUL – South Korean exports of roses and lilies surged to record-high levels in
2009, mainly due to the Won’s depreciation against the U.S. dollar and the
development of specially bred flowers, a state-run agriculture trade corporation
said Wednesday.

The Korea Agro-Fisheries Trade Corporation said exports of roses soared 70
percent on-year to US$20.13 million last year, the highest since the country
started tallying outbound shipments of the flower in 1994.

Overseas sales of lilies also shot up 30 percent compared to the previous year
to an unprecedented $24.74 million.

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