AIR TRANSPORT & diversifying agro products.
MH goes to Japan twice a week to Narita.
They depend too much on passengers and cargo belly remain unfilled.
Japan needs more chrysanthemum and willing to part with technical advice to potential farmers. Their motto: whatever you plant, they buy.
Chrysanthemum is best grown at Kundasang. Land is still available on TOL.
MH will be happy with me for they have added revenue to soften their OPEX losses.
In fact this is what MH should do by inducing demand to generate cargo movement to add more income to their coffer.
The advantages are many.
It is an important herb in both Japanese and Chinese traditional herbs. There is great demand for its flowers. The plant grows to a height of 36 ins and needs rich and well drained soil to thrive in.
The beautiful flower bloom in autumn and come in many different colors; red orange white yellow and lavender. Now it is popular as an ornamental decorations. And to those who knows, it is a traditional medicines.
Some of the compounds in Chrysanthemum (golden flower) are flavonoids like lute olih, apigenin and acacetin and vitamin B1. It is also a good source of Vitamin C & A, niacin, Folic acid and Pantothenic acid and is also rich in calcium magnesium potassium iron and phosphorous. Chrysanthemum tea can help detoxify blood, regulate blood pressure and calm the nerves. It also has antibacterial properties that can be effective against staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus hemolytic-us B, dermatomycosis and the tubercle bacillus.
Health benefits & Therapeutic use of chrysanthemum :
1. Can help body fight off a range of infections; streptococcal and staphylococcal infections.
2. Use the tea to treat influenza, fevers, inflammations and even heatstroke due to it cooling effects. The herbs also help to correct inbalances that may affect the liver and also helps in dealing with kidney function, thus helping in their treatment.
3. A rinse made from the flower can be helpful to treat skin infections.
4. The tea is a great aid to digestion, helping the body to digest greasy food more easily.
5. The tea is also helpful in relieving nasal and head congestion.
6. Because of its zero calorie, it is often used to treat obesity and as aid to lose weight.
7. It is also said to improve vision and hearing and is given in cases of dizziness blurred vision and spots in front of the eyes. It may also be helpful in cases of night blindness and to treat conjunctivitis.
8. It is believed to be good for the heart and has been known to lower blood pressure levels or increase blood flow to the heart.
A CAUTIONARY NOTE: some people may be allergic and can experience adverse reactions on consuming or handling it. Physical handling of the flowers may result in skin irritations and consumption can cause stomach upset. Consult your physicians before taking chrysanthemum or when you are on other medication that may react with it.
Datuk Roselan J. M.
In the just concluded BIMPEAGA-agricultural cluster meeting, the Business Council has pushed forward for Sabah to start planting Chrysanthemum on a larger scale to take a share of the Japanese market.
The entry requirement is easy: we must be connected to Narita at least twice per week. So far we are blessed with the Malaysian Airlines flying to Narita twice a week. Our flower exports will greatly benefit the cargo belly of MH.
CHRYSANTHEMUMS are traditionally placed on graves during the Buddhist festival week of Higan, which comes twice a year for the spring and autumn equinoxes. The requirements for this is massive, beside the general usage for decorations. So far, their domestic market have not kept pace and last year’s imports show a record 319 million stems were exported to Narita, which merely represent 17 percent of their local distributions.
So far, the West Malaysian producers at Cameron Highland is capturing 58 percent of the Japanese market and this should give us enough confidence to pursue this market.
Through the support of the Ministry Of Agriculture, PUTRAJAYA, the BIMPEAGA Business Council is hoping to meet the President of the Narita-based import firm to pave for Sabah exports by extending Japan’s technical assistance to the growers at Ranau-Kundasang-Keningau range.
The more color varieties we have, the better our chances to capture a niche of the market. Let’s see if our highland weather and soil can also bless us with the 7 colors of the rainbow.