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For better debt monitoring for Colombian flower exporters

Asocolflores and AgroCheck start partnership

Asocolflores, the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, and AgroCheck, credit information supplier and international debt collection agency for the floriculture industry, recently started an exclusive partnership to improve the debt monitoring for Colombian flower exporters.The arrangement will.....

Rinus Bouwman, BSI

Roses: poor supply from Africa

"Right now the rose season is comparable to last year. Not many flowers and low demand," says Rinus Bouwman from Dutch import company BSI. "However, the Ethiopian growers did have a good month in June. The supply was not great from Kenya because of the rain and the cold nights, but from Ethiopia the supply.....

"Kenya's political stability boosts flower business"

European firms that source flowers from Kenya have lauded the current political stability, noting it has improved their businesses.Marcel Zandvliet of the Dutch Flower Group, one of the largest buyers, said unfavorable political environment affects business since products are delayed or don't reach them at.....

September 11-13, Moscow

Russia: Polish nurseries to exhibit at FlowersExpo

The Polish nursery sector, the largest foreign supplier of ornamental plants to Russia, is presented at the FlowersExpo by 15 companies, members of the Polish Union of Nurserymen, which unites the largest Polish nurseries. They all have great experience in export to European countries and Russia, each having.....

Egypt: Exports of cut flowers, ornamental plants up to $35 million

Head of Agriculture Professions Union Sayed Khalefa said on Sunday that Egypt’s total exports of cut flowers and ornamental plants has reached $35 million, and is anticipated to increase within the coming years.Al-Masry Al-Youm citing Khalefa added that the higher production of cut flowers and ornamental.....

EFGAZ re-establishment boosts flower export

Zimbabwe seeks return to glory days

Flowers were once one of Zimbabwe's main export products. In 2001, the country was even Africa's second exporter after Kenya, shipping 86 million dollars' worth of flowers. Political unrest, land reforms and Mugabe's hostile treatment of the white population, then led to a significant decline. Now there are.....

Economic diplomacy yields little fruit in Kenya-Asia trade disparity

Despite launching what was described as aggressive economic diplomacy a few years ago, Kenya’s balance of trade is still heavily skewed in favour of bilateral partners, especially the Asian nations.While the country has been seeking to cultivate close business ties with countries such as China, India and the.....

Kenya: "Sky is the limit for US direct flights"

Kenya’s economy is set to reap big when Nairobi-New York non-stop direct flights commence on October 28 this year.Trade, Transport and Tourism Cabinet secretaries Adan Mohammed, James Macharia and Najib Balala respectively have termed the flights a game changer in terms of trade benefits.The US is Kenya’s.....

Greenhouse production in Turkey overview

In the past, people used to think of only flowers and plants when somebody mentioned greenhouse production but since then greenhouse production has developed by leaps and bounds and right now flowers and plants only make for 3.5 % of the greenhouse production in Turkey. 95 % of the greenhouses in Turkey.....

Ishai Sharon, F. Optimal Connection:

"Weather conditions in Europe helped increase flower sales"

Ishai Sharon, Head of the Roses Department at F. Optimal Connection, reports on how his analysis during the month of June saw price levels rise considerably when compared with the same period in 2017 and even in the previous two years. This according to him is good news for all flower farmers across the.....

India: West Bengal eyes international orchid market

The West Bengal state Food Processing and Horticulture department is gearing up to tap the immense demand of orchids in the international market."Darjeeling grows Cymbidium orchids in abundance, which is of high demand in countries like USA, UK, Australia and Japan. The cultivation of orchid is low cost and.....

US (MN): Twin Cities Flower Exchange promotes 'field-to-vase' movement

Five years ago, Christine Hoffman struggled to get a reliable supply of locally grown and chemical-free flowers to sell at her St. Paul store, Foxglove Market and Studio.At the time, just two flower farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin were using the kind of earth-friendly practices she promoted exclusively......

American flower farmers, designer head to China on trade mission

A delegation of American flower farmers, accompanied by Certified American Grown Administrator Kasey Cronquist and floral designer Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers, is headed to China on a trade mission focused on market development activities.Christy Hulsey of the Colonial House of Flowers will.....

Minister MacAulay sets out on 'Growing Canadian Agriculture' tour

Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic engine, spurring job creation and prosperity across the country. The agriculture system generates over $110 billion of the country's gross domestic product and $64.6 billion of exports, while employing more Canadians than any other manufacturing.....

US: Botanicals are the new trend in retail

A new era of flower power is blossoming, thanks to a growing culture of city-dwellers seeking to re-wild their patch of urbane jungle, the rise of avant-garde floral designers, a canny class of social media bred botanical entrepreneurs and retail architects seducing audiences with subtle forms of.....

US (TX): Houston florist buys directly from growers

Houston based same day delivery florist Ace Flowers announced their partnership with fresh flower growers, eliminating the middle-man and streamlining their fresh flower supply and procurement process.Buying directly from the fresh flower Growers (Farmers) Ace Flowers Houston can maintain quality and.....

Kenya inks trade deal with Chinese e-commerce platform

Kenya's umbrella body for local entrepreneurs on Wednesday signed an agreement with Chinese e-commerce platform Amanbo to promote export of high-value goods to China.Officials said the new partnership between Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and Shenzhen-based Amanbo is expected to.....

CAN (ON): Opening new markets in edible flowers

Floral flavours are the number one consumer food trend for 2018 according to Whole Foods Market. For years, professional chefs have been using edible flowers as garnishes or to give dishes a signature flavour and consumers are now seeking new culinary experiences at home and experimenting with unconventional.....

Selling 5 million Ugandan Fairtrade poinsettias

In the Fairtrade Cents pilot project launched last year, Wagagai (a nursery for young plants in Uganda), import partner Selecta One and Fairtrade International want workers on the farm to earn a 'fair' wage. For each sold Fairtrade poinsettia, a few cents go into a separate bonus fund, which supplements the.....

Pakistan: Flower growers in Sindh face water shortage

Flower growers in Sindh (Pakistan) are reluctant to cultivate seasonal varieties this year due to acute water shortage.The plantation of at least eight varieties in Sindh, locally known as gando (marigold), gul-e-sultan, gul-e-daudi, cut flower, tulip and others, usually starts in late August every year......
Floridata

French con artist making waves in the ornamental industry

The owner of a flower shop in France has since autumn 2016 ripped off five suppliers and at the moment is trying to strike again. Floridata has written a blog post about how the French con man works. In a quiet town south of Toulouse the owner has started his own flower shop twice, and both.....

"Kenya Flower Council rules out flower auction plan"

Kenyan flower farmers and exporters may have to wait a little longer to have their own auction, officials say.Kenya Flower Council Chief Executive Clement Tulezi said setting up a local flower auction fashioned along that of tea was likely to be a complicated, costly and protracted affair.This is despite.....

US (HI): Lava lays orchid farms to waste

It’s been a challenging few years for farmers on the Big Island. They’ve been hit with natural disasters from tropical storms, hurricanes, and now lava.But they say this time is much different, and it will take even longer to recover. A number of farmers say they were still dealing with debt they racked up.....

US: Research reveals reasons why people use pollinator-friendly plants

A collaborative study out of the University of Georgia and the University of Florida reveals the many reasons why people choose to include “pollinator-friendly” plant life around their homes, in their gardens, and landscaping improvements, and, perhaps more illuminating, why others avoid them.Benjamin.....

Dutch-Ukrainian cooperation in floriculture

"The partnership between Ukraine and the Netherlands in the flower sector is already very strong. No other sector has such tight relations between our countries like floriculture", mentioned Ambassador Ed Hoeks at the opening of the Camelia Park in Ukraine on May 31.Interest from Dutch companiesThe flower.....

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics maps foreign investments

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in collaboration with the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) is conducting the Foreign Investment Survey (FIS) 2018 from June to August, 2018. This is the fifth survey after FIS 2010, FIS 2013, FIS 2015 and FIS 2016.The.....

"Green roofs and walls could boost residential property values by 15%"

A large-scale and coordinated effort to retrofit green infrastructure into our built environment could see residential property values increase by 6 to 15 per cent as well as providing social, health and environmental benefits. A team of researchers at the University of Technology Sydney have spent the past.....

Myanmar: Organic horticulture/floriculture project comes to Yangon

The Regional Government of Yangon has announced its implementation plan for Yangon City which is the most important commercial city as well as the main port for imports and exports of agricultural products in Myanmar. In the horticulture sector, an Organic Horticulture/Floriculture project in Yangon Region.....

Kenya: Cut flower exports hit 800 million USD in 2017

Cut flower business last year shrugged off prolonged electioneering to post a record Sh82.2 billion [814 million USD] export earnings representing a 20 per cent rise from Sh70.8 billion [700 million USD] in 2016.The all-time high earnings were attributed to the sale of 159,961 metric tonnes compared to.....

Primarosa CEO calls for Kenya’s own international flower auction

Primarosa has called on Kenya Flower Council and the floriculture industry to set up its own independent and international flower auction to make the industry more attractive.Bobby Kamani, Managing Director of Primarosa Flower Limited, attributes this call to the strong policy instruments that currently.....

Kenya: The ripple effect caused by the closure of a flower farm

A walk through the withering and dilapidated flower farm depicts the sad state of affairs at the Sher Karuturi Flower Farm.The lives of more than 3,000 people came to a standstill when the Flower farm shut its doors in May 2015 after being placed under receivership over accrued debt.Where a multibillion.....

CAN (AB): Greenhouse operators scramble to adapt to overtime pay rules

Local greenhouse owners are changing their hiring practices and closely monitoring workers' overtime as the first growing season since an update of Alberta's employment standards gets underway. "We just have to watch closer, we have to watch how we are scheduling, what type of people we are hiring," said.....

CAN (BC): Local support helps Saanich grower bloom

Local support – from both retailers and consumers – is crucial to the continued viability of Vancouver Island growers and producers. In fact, it’s a key reason why the Saanich Peninsula is home to Canada’s last commercial rose grower.Eurosa Farms was founded 39 years ago by Hans and Debbie Bulk. Hans’s.....

US (WA): Nurseries changing along with consumer preferences

Western Washington is one of the nation’s biggest producers of landscape and nursery plants, generating more than $365 million in annual sales for an industry producing everything from acaena to zinnias.It’s an agricultural industry that relies more on how its commodities look than how they taste, although.....

India: Flower traders’ bid to nip market revamp project in the bud

Development has eluded the country's biggest flower market at Ghazipur, overflowing with flower traders elbowing for space, for many years now. However, as the Delhi Agriculture Marketing Board (DAMB) recently announced plans to begin work on the long impending redevelopment project, the traders are worried.....

China: Blossoming peonies boost Gansu Linxia's economy

As one poem goes, while ordinary flowers have withered in April, the peonies in the mountains are just in full bloom. In May, various rockii peonies are blossoming in Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture of Gansu Province. After two years of efforts, the peony tour at Gansu Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture began.....

IFTEX sees launch of social performance portal CSR Africa

Hivos, True Price and Ufadhili Trust are launching CSR Africa (www.csrafrica.com), a social performance portal for the flori- and horticulture sector. The launch of the portal is on 6 June, at the International Flower Trade Expo in Nairobi, Kenya. Professionals in the flori- and horticultural sector can use.....

US: Last chance to complete the 2017 Census of Agriculture

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is wrapping up data collection for the 2017 Census of Agriculture. To stay on track for data release in February 2019, the deadline for submitting the paper questionnaire is June 15, 2018. Farmers and ranchers who.....

Kenya looks to increase flower income from US

Kenya's earnings from the United States horticulture market are set to rise to Sh10billion [98.6 million USD] on direct Nairobi to New York flights scheduled to start in October.Kenya Flower Council chief executive Clement Tulezi said in an interview that the country is currently earning less than a billion.....

"Automation could treble value of China's flower industry"

Virtually overlooked in China’s mad dash to automate nearly everything is the country’s cut-flower industry.According to China Horticultural Business Services, China’s floriculture industry is valued at more than $11 billion, with 90 percent of the fresh flowers produced consumed in China.Automation could.....

UK: Ornamental plants and flowers see 4.8% increase in value

The annual figures from the UK Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs shows ornamental plants and flowers were worth £1.4 billion in 2017, a rise of 4.8%.Hardy ornamental stock increased in value by 4.7% to £933 million. Trade in 2017 was good across amenity, landscape and the garden retail.....

Horticultural update Rabobank

Chinese consumption flowers and plants grows annually with more than 10%

The Rabobank has again published a ‘horticultural update’. The developments in the market are discussed and the future is, in safe terms of course, predicted. We can read for example that the horticulture had a good start this year; that vertical farming is interesting from a research perspective, but an.....

Australia: A new voice for horticulture

With the recent announcement of the new National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) Horticultural Council, you could be forgiven for wondering if the horticultural lobby is growing top-heavy. So what is different with this new forum?by Gabrielle StannusSpeaking on this topic during his “State of Play” address at the.....

Rwanda’s flower sector is blooming

Rwanda is to start export of gentian (often blue) flowers from its Japanese-owned firm, Bloom Hills Rwanda, on 4-hectare piece of land in Nyacyonga marshland in Kigali City, but expects to expand the project by growing other varieties such as white or pink gentians.According to Yoshiyuki Sato, the founder.....

Philippines: Marijuana growers advised to grow flowers instead

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque advised Cordillera farmers to stop planting marijuana and instead grow what he said were cash crops, like cut flowers.In a press briefing in Bontoc, Mountain Province, on Tuesday, Roque told Cordillera farmers they could end up behind bars if they continued planting.....

Good weather impacted sales on Swedish Mother's Day

The sun might be shining for mothers in Sweden at this year’s Mother’s Day (May 27, 2018), sales were a little bit disappointing, according to Henrik Astrom of Axfood. “We had really good weather, which had an impact on the sales of especially the mixed bouquets.”On the bright side the Phaleanopsis did a.....

Kenya: Fears of flooding as water levels rise in Lake Naivasha

A water agency has issued an alert over flooding of flower farms next to Lake Naivasha following a sharp rise in water levels around the troubled water body.According to the Water Resource Authority (WRA), the lake had recorded the highest water levels in two years occasioned by the rains mainly around.....

UK: Fragrant ‘moth orchids’ new houseplant trend for 2018

The most popular indoor plant in the UK is set to become even more of a ‘must have’ as three varieties of delicately scented moth orchid hit the high street for the first time.Until recently, Phalaenopsis orchids - commonly known as moth orchids – have been unscented with the emphasis on their large.....

Laos: Over 6,000 orchids intercepted

Customs officials in Nong Khai intercepted 6,419 orchids of various species that were being smuggled into Laos.Customs office chief Nimit Saeng-amphai said on Wednesday the seizure had taken place at 8:45pm last Friday after a large amount of cardboard boxes were noticed among consumer goods aboard a bus.....

Gilles Rus, SICA Flower Market:

Peonies dominated French Mother's Day

Busy days for French Sica Flower Market in the week before French Mother’s Day (May 27, 2018). The main reason for the increase is the big quantity of peonies, says representative Gilles Rus.Just when the holiday arrived, the peonies in the South of France were ready to be harvested. Even as the peonies in.....

AmericanHort welcomes H-2A improvement initiative

AmericanHort enthusiastically welcomed the announcement by four Cabinet secretaries – Perdue (Agriculture), Acosta (Labor), Nielsen (Homeland Security) and Pompeo (State) – of a new administrative initiative to streamline and improve the H-2A agricultural visa program. H-2A is the only labor safety net.....

Jordan: Cut flower sector goes 'from bloom to bust'

Rows of red rose bushes, pink carnations and white Lilies stretch out for seemingly ever in huge symmetrical greenhouses. It feels like one could be standing in one of Holland’s mega flower farms, but it is actually in the Jordan Valley, as the Kingdom is now one of the region’s biggest producers of cut.....

Turkish exporters visit Qatar

The Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association held a trade mission to Doha, Qatar on 7-11th May 2018, as part of the "Global Trends and New Markets in Turkish Ornamental Plants Sector" project.The trade mission program started with "The Qatari & Turkish Horticulture Forum" on 8th of.....

"Ban on three chemicals will hurt Kenyan growers"

Kenya’s fresh produce exporters could be affected by the European Union's ban on three chemicals blamed for the widespread decline of bees.Although the ban is only within the EU, local exporters fear they might face resistance by their customers in Europe because the chemicals are widely used in Kenya.The.....

Kenya drops budget cap to reach oil-cash deal

Kenya agreed to drop budget-allocation limits for oil-rich counties in order to break a deadlock in passing a revenue-sharing law that’s delayed production.The nation has signed agreements with Tullow Oil Plc, Africa Oil Corp. and Maersk oil on a joint development study for a pipeline linking the oilfields.....

Europe: Market flooded with peonies

The peony peak is higher than usual this year. Peonies from countries like Italy and France are usually early, but are now later due to the cold weather. In turn, their season is overlapping with that of the Netherlands. The Dutch growers are working overtime to harvest the stems on time. Due to the heat,.....

Chinese flower market looking to bloom

Wang Zhongshan has been bidding daily at the Dounan Flower Market in southern China for six years but the auctions still get his heart racing.He is one of 600 buyers vying for a share of the 10 million blooms up for sale each day in this part of Yunnan province, with each lot decided in less than three.....

July 17, Miami

US (FL): Flower sales insights shared at Komet Fest

After going live in 2009, Komet Sales have been dedicated to making processes easier within the floral industry, with features like managing E-commerce, K2K and automated billing, among others. Now they’re going to be hosting their first-ever Komet Fest next July 17th in Miami, FL to be able to share the.....

Ecuador and Belarus to strengthen commercial relations

Ecuador and Belarus have committed to strengthen their economic, commercial and also in the area of ​​science, technology and education, in the framework of a visit that the Ecuadorian Foreign Minister María Fernanda Espinosa made to that country.Both parties reiterated their commitment to.....

UK: Peonies pop up at New Covent Garden Flower Market

With the month of May heralding the start of the much-anticipated peony season, you'll find many varieties starting to appear at New Covent Garden Flower Market.Look out for 'Shirley Temple', Command Performance, Odile and Pecher to name but a few. And if that isn't enough excitement in the world of flowers,.....

French importer looks forward to high Mother's Day sales

"The industry is more optimistic about this year's Mother's Day, and our sales are already around 15 percent higher compared to last year", says Stephane Maurice, director of MFresh. This French company imports its roses from Kenyan rose farm Black Tulip and sells it to wholesalers all over France. In this.....

One in three American adults bought Mother’s Day flowers or plants

Young adults, households with kids and residents of the American West proved to be key flower-buying groups for Mother’s Day 2018, according to an Ipsos consumer poll conducted this month on behalf of the Society of American Florists.The poll, which surveyed roughly 1,048 adults age 18 and older from the.....
Cayambe rose grower on earthquake:

Ecuador: "We felt the shake, fortunately no other effect"

"We felt the shake. It was very short and not too strong", says an Ecuadorian rose grower, located at Cayambe when asked if he felt the 5.5 magnitude earthquake that was registered in the province of Imbabura on May 22, a province just above Cayambe.Fortunately, so far, no damage is reported, mentioned.....

Kenya: American buyers to grace IFTEX

The launch of direct flights from Nairobi to the United States has brought good news for the flower sector as 10 American flower buyers from Miami are expected at the 7th Edition of the International Flower Trade Exhibition (IFTEX) slated for June. The Kenya Flower Council says flower farmers are facing.....

US (HI): Volcano eruption may lead to local flower shortage

From tourism to farming, many industries are taking a big hit because of the eruption.What many don't know, President William Walter of the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce says, is the impact it has on the floral industry. There are hundreds of floral farms and nurseries on the Big Island. "When you look.....

Kenya: Sustainable ventures catch eye of investors

Companies building businesses through supporting employee wellbeing initiatives as well as maintaining a zero-tolerance on pollution are the most sought-after by foreign companies seeking local trade linkages.Netherlands-based renewable energy firm, EcoZoom has done business with two companies operating in.....

Senator champions reinstatement of USDA’s Annual Floriculture Report

In February, a delegation of American flower and foliage farmers traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate for the reinstatement of the USDA’s Annual Floriculture Report.Sen. Dianne Feinstein took time to meet with American flower farmers to hear their concerns about the Floriculture Report during the 2018.....

Kenya: Turkana power line halt signals high bills

A Nyandarua farmer has obtained court orders stopping construction of the electricity transmission line linking Lake Turkana wind farm to the national grid in a move that could cost consumers billions of shillings in additional penalties payable to the power producer.The flower farm, Afriscan (Kenya.....

Trade mission and webinar Mexico and Guatemala

"Mexican horticulture thrives like never before"

More than a year ago, during the horticultural exhibition Expo Agrialimentaria in Irapuato, Mexico, people became nervous when Donald Trump unexpectedly won the US election. The future of Mexico was unclear due to possible import restrictions, the construction of the border wall and the 'America First'.....

NL: April, month of turn around?

The total flower and plant export had a setback in April, with 2.3% to €562 million. The cumulative export turnover, which was at 1% after the first quarter, was reduced and stabilized at €2.2 billion. A disappointingmonth, according to Wesley van den Berg, Floridata, does not necessarily mean a turn around......

Bangladesh: Despite global demand, flower industry yet to gain momentum

Despite being a favourable region for the flower industry, Bangladesh is yet to gain momentum in this sector, experts said on Wednesday.Speakers made the observation at a seminar on investment opportunities in the flower industry, organized at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) auditorium by.....

Flower export: 'Kenya is losing out to Ethiopia'

Kenya could lose its competitive edge in coffee, tea and flower exports to the UK on account of high cost of production compared to other exporters.A report by Overseas Development Institute in partnership with Export Promotion Council (EPC) indicates Kenya is ceding its share of the market to rivals such as.....

Stokman pleased with modern new webshop

SDF developed a new webshop for trade and production companies in floriculture. This modern webshop is the first to be launched at Stokman Export BV in Naaldwijk and should offer customers even better access to the current product range.The site has been designed for both mobile devices and PCs and adapts.....

Kenya: Cause of the dam burst being investigated

Last week, a dam of Solai group has burst, resulting in a mud torrent reaching two villages in Nakuru County, Kenya, It killed at least 47 people and 40 are still missing. Currently, the cause of the dam burst is being investigated and according to Reuters.com, the tragedy is likely to put a spotlight on the.....