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Agriculture and Valentine’s Day

By Grace Chomba

Did you know how agriculture plays a crucial role in getting the roses, chocolates and the elegant dinners ready for you and your Valentine’s Day date?

When you treat your beloved ones on this day with candy, flowers and dinner you are not sending a message of care and love to your loved ones but also to farmers. Farmers spend days and nights to ensure the produce from the farm is ready to aid the production of wine, candy and flowers.

Chocolate is processed using sugar, milk, nuts and fruits. Further, there are chocolate cakes that will require wheat flour, eggs, cream, cocoa, and vanilla.

The wine served on the dinner dates which is used to spice things up with some chocolate bar is made from grape juice extract and other ingredients. Wine is said to be the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day.

It is estimated that 40 per cent of the world’s almonds and 20 per cent of the world’s peanuts are used in creating candy for Valentine’s Day alone.

Agriculture’s role in making Valentine’s Day remarkable for sharing love does not end at the candy store.

The floriculture industry makes the day by ensuring there’s enough flowers to go round.

The most popular Valentine’s Day flowers are roses, where 250 million flowers are produced for the holidays, says a society of American florist. This makes loved ones spend almost 2 billion US Dollars on flowers.

All the ingredients used to produce the candy and multi-course dinners served on Valentine’s Day come from the farm. This has helped farmers to stay in business together with the people employed in the value-added chains of production for food and dessert.

 

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