Vietnam plans to expand its markets for flower export to countries in Northern America as well as to central Europe , according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The major markets for Vietnam 's flowers are China , Japan , Singapore , Australia and Arabia Saudi. The country earned 60 million USD from flower export last year.

The country now has about 8,000 ha under flowers, mostly roses, daisies and orchids, yielding 4.5 billion stems a year.

Flower acreages are allocated in major urban areas of Hanoi , Hai Phong, Da Lat (Lam Dong province), Ho Chi Minh City and nearby provinces.

About 1,000 ha of rose, daisy, peach, gladiolus and carnation flowers are grown in Hanoi and its nearby localities.

Lam Dong province in the Central Highlands has the largest acreage for flower planting with about 3,500 ha, exporting over 110 million stems a year. The province plans to expand its acreage to 3,800 ha by 2015.

According to Lam Dong Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the province’s flower export value increased constantly in recent years, from 9 million USD in 2007 to 13 million USD in 2009 and 16 million USD in 2010.

The province exports flowers to Japan, the Republic of Korea, Belgium, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taiwan, Cambodia, France and the Netherlands.

MARD said that expanding flower acreage and increasing flower exports are prioritised in the future development strategy of the agricultural sector.

According to Nguyen Quoc Vong, Director of the International Development Centre under Hanoi Agriculture University , Hanoi , Sa Pa (northern mountainous Lao Cai province), Da Lat and Moc Chau (northern mountainous Son La province), the Red river delta and Mekong delta have favourable conditions for growing flower for export. Moreover, with good experience and technology, farmers could raise their income through the export of flowers./.