Rimba Horticulture Centre vendors see drop in local flora sales

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

VENDORS at the Rimba Horticulture Centre (RHC) are seeing a decline in sales due to overwhelming competition.

Most of the vendors told _The Brunei Times _that this was due to the increasing number of horticulture vendors that have set up in recent years.

“People nowadays prefer to buy from the Gadong outdoor market or the Agro-Technology Park because the flowers and the plants there are often imported,” said Hjh Majani Hj Talip, one of the vendors.

Hjh Majani, who has been a horticulture vendor for more than 30 years, said that most of the vendors at the RHC, including herself, sell local flora that they grow themselves.

“The people that do come here to buy our flowers are people who have just moved to a new house and that does not happen often,” said the 65-year-old.

Rosnah Hj Abd Lapid, another RHC vendor, said that most of the vendors prefer not to sell imported plants and flowers because they feel that it is too expensive.

Meanwhile, Siti Ara Hj Halim, who has been selling plants since the 1990s, suggested for the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood to conduct more expos to help horticulture vendors reach out to more customers.

According to her, in the 1990s, she was able to earn more than a thousand dollars a month.

But now, she said, she only earns around $300 to $400 a month adding that it is a major decrease.

However, she noted that during expos conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood she is able to earn a lot more.

“If expos would be conducted frequently here (at the RHC), we would highly appreciate it because it gives the opportunity to attract a lot of people therefore improving our business,” she said.

The Brunei Times