First agri-tourism and plant export company in the CNMI initiated

Published on : Tuesday, March 6, 2018

First agri-tourismThe first agri-tourism and plant export company in the CNMI was initiated yesterday, which marked the beginning of the project at the 20,000-square-meter land across the airport field in As Lito.


Owned by Rowina O. Torres’ Rufina LLC, Rufina Tropicals will offer a tour walk into a tropical jungle, which will showcase the island’s local plants, trees, flowerings, edible fruits among others.


Gov. Ralph DLG Torres was the speaker at the ceremony. The $500,000 project is funded by the Bank of Guam-SSBCI, Commonwealth Development Authority/Department of Commerce. Expected completion of the project is September of this year.


Imported plants will be showcased by a bridge that leads to a pond next to the Mother Mary Grotto and the St. Judge Gazebo, where tourists can capture photos and enjoy some of the tropical treats of the island like coconuts, mangoes, tangerines, dragon fruits, and many more.


One of the most important and cherished parts of the project is the Botanical Park, which will be built at a 1,000-square-meter area.


Since 2015, Rufina Tropicals has been exporting flowers all over the world. Rowina Torres said, “I would like to showcase to the world that our little island of Saipan can export beautiful flowers to the world.” Rowina Torres added that they have been exporting flowers to New York, Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, Alabama and Idaho.


She said her flowers would reach any home in the U.S. within seven days or less of shipment. She said that Saipan needs to showcase its tropical scenic landscape with tropical plants that are hidden in different parts of the island from the tourists.


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