In 2020, the pandemic caused by COVID 19 and the uncertainty that was generated, affected the Colombian floriculture mainly with the March and April shipments last year where a significant volume of the flower scheduled for Mother’s Day was lost. This represented a decrease in exports by 25% in volume and 20% in revenues compared to 2019 (source Asocolflores).
Another effect of the pandemic was that the production costs increased due to the implementation of the sanitary measures required by the different authorities.
However, rose growers kept their production areas and operations running throughout the year: according to Asocolflores, rose exports from January to November 2020 were 50,101 tons showing an increase of 9.5% compared to 2019. Rose exports represent 22% of Colombia’s total flower exports, which main destination was the United States with 78%, followed by the United Kingdom 3.7% and Japan 3.3%.