Moldova's Lavender Flourishes After Post-Soviet Decline
Muhammad Irfan 2 months ago Mon 26th July 2021 | 10:30 AM
Valea Trestieni, Moldova, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Jul, 2021 ) :Young couples and families pose for glamour shots as the sun lowers over Alexei Cazac's sprawling field of lavender outside the capital of Moldova.
"Once, in the first year the lavender was blooming, we came and the entire field was just filled with people," the 40-year-old farmer tells AFP on a recent visit.
"It's like the set of a photo shoot. We didn't plan it this way," he says.
"After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the industry was forgotten," says Alexandru Badarau, president of the Lavender Growers Association.
"We're working hard to revive it." Around five or six newcomers to the industry are planting rows of the herb every year, he says, a trend which saw Moldova's lavender oil production double in 2021 to 20 tonnes compared to twenty years ago.
But that is still a far cry from 1989, when the country produced 180 tonnes.
The oil is widely used in cosmetics and its aromas are hailed for their relaxing and soothing qualities that some believe counteract anxiety and insomnia.