On March 16th, 2023, a delegation of eight US Congressional Representatives, while in Ecuador for bilateral trade discussions, visited one of Rosaprima's farms located in the Guachalá rose-growing region of Ecuador.
Congressional Representatives Visiting Rosaprima
The representatives who visited the farm were Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Terri Sewell (D-Alabama), Jimmy Panetta (D-California), Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas), Carol Miller (R-West Virginia), Michelle Fischbach (R-Minnesota), Mike Carey (R-Ohio), and Kelly Armstrong (R-North Dakota).
During the visit, the representatives walked the farm and witnessed firsthand the growing process of Rosaprima's Iconic roses while engaging with company employees. The visit provided the representatives with valuable insights into the floral industry's essential role in the country's economy and surrounding rural communities.
The visit to Rosaprima's farm was an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of sustainable farming practices, fair labor practices, and environmental stewardship in the floral industry. Such visits are vital in providing lawmakers with a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by different industries, including the floral industry.
Rosaprima comments on this visit in a post on their Facebook and LinkedIn pages:
"We were truly privileged to host such distinguished guests. They were able to engage with our employees and get a glimpse of the vital role our farm plays in the industry and the surrounding rural communities.
On behalf of all of us at Rosaprima we would like to express our deepest gratitude, and we hope that the visit was both enlightening and enjoyable. We trust that visits like these serve as a catalyst for positive change, and may they inspire us all to work towards a more prosperous and sustainable future."
One day prior to the Rosaprima farms visit the US bipartisan delegation also met with President Lasso and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Holguin, the Minister of Production Julio José Prado and Vice Minister of Production Daniel Legarda, Minister of Defence Luis Lara, Government Minister Henry Cucalón, the Minister of Telecommunications Vianna Maino, the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States Ivonne Baki, the Presidential Advisor on Investment and Public-Private Partnerships Roberto Salas, and with the Secretary General of Public Administration Sebastián Corral, to discuss bilateral trade.
All photos courtesy of Rosaprima.