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Bereket Adane, Dugda Flora:

Ethiopia: "If cold weather continues, we might miss Valentine's Day"

Over the last four weeks, it has been exceptionally cold in Ethiopia. It is impacting the rose production and, in turn, worries growers for Valentine's Day. "The crop stays on hold and if the weather does not improve, we might miss this important day in the rose industry", says Bereket Adane of Dugda Flora,.....

India: Flower demands spike during polls

Farmers growing flowers and decorative plants (floriculture) are happy a lot these days as the demand for their produce has shot up despite demonetisation with the canvassing for the upcoming assembly elections on February 11 going full throttle.Normally, too, the demand of flowers and decorative plants.....

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol sees record flower volumes

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ended 2016 with a record total flown cargo throughput of 1.66 million tonnes, up 2.5% on 2015.Europe’s third largest air cargo hub had a strong end to the year, with December figures up 10.4% on the same month in 2015 at 149,000 tonnes. Cargo throughput until November was up 1.8%.....

India: Budget promises not kept, growers say

Flower growers have alleged neglect of the floriculture sector in the third Budget of the PDP-BJP coalition government and demanded an imposition of ban on the sale of artificial flowers in Jammu and Kashmir, claiming that it has destroyed the market for local cultivators.The J&K Flower Growers’.....

Indian forest department pushes orchid cultivation as income alternative

Tripura Forest Department has started an orchid cultivation-cum-training centre at Gandhigram in the outskirts of capital Agartala under the Sadar forest range.The prime idea behind the centre is to promote orchid cultivation throughout the state especially in the rural areas and to create employment.....

US growers predict shortages of key foliage for Valentine’s Day

Some growers in Central Florida are still reeling from a devastating hit last fall from Hurricane Matthew. The aftermath of the storm could lead to shortages of leatherleaf on Valentine’s Day.“We are making progress everyday but there is still a lot of work to be done,” said Jana Register, director of sales.....

Cyclamen market forecast to 2021

Cyclamen report discusses development policies and plans as well as manufacturing processes and cost structures. It also states import/export consumption, supply and demand figures, cost, price, revenue and gross margins. Various definitions, classification, applications of industry and chain structure are.....

FloraHolland revenue grew 3.8% in 2016 due to higher prices

Royal FloraHolland rounds off 2016 with a revenue of € 4.6 billion, an increase of 3.8% compared with last year. This growth in revenue was primarily due to higher prices – 4.2% on average – for flowers and plants.The largest international flower and plant marketplace in the world sold 12.5 billion products.....

Rabobank:

Dutch greenhouse growers dare to expand again

Greenhouse cultivation is on the rise again and Westland entrepreneurs are daring to expand again. "Remarkably most expansion plans are with respect to greenhouse vegetables, where the market balance is less stable," according to Ruud van der Vliet, director Companies at Rabobank Westland in Rabobank’s.....

Poor weather spoils Vietnam’s pre-Tet flower market

Farmers in ‘flower hubs’ across Vietnam are anticipating a low business season for the upcoming Tet, or the Lunar New Year period that is two weeks away, with crops failing to bloom as planned due to unpredictable weather.Vietnamese traditionally decorate their houses with flowers to celebrate the holidays,.....

Felipe Saldarriaga, Green Bouquet: "We are sold out"

Not only rose growers profit from Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is not only an important day for rose growers, it is too for the ones who cultivate foliage. For Israeli Ruscus grower Felipe Saldarriaga of Green Bouquet, it is one of the most important days, together with Mother's Day. "We are already completely sold out and the demand seems to be high.....

Uganda's export volumes increased in 2016

The flower industry, once Uganda’s promising export revenue earner ranked among the top five market leaders, is gradually showing signs of recovery to its glory.Latest information from the industry shows that, against all odds, the country’s export volumes increased in the year ending 2016.ImprovementIn an.....

Industry scrutinized in Floriculture Market Research Report

Research Corridor recently added new report titled "Floriculture Market - Global Trends, Market Share, Industry Size, Growth, Opportunities, and Market Forecast - 2015 – 2022" to its repertoire. This latest industry research study scrutinizes the Floriculture market by different segments, companies, regions.....

Damas tree:

Qatar: Popular plant banned for wreaking havoc on infrastructure

The Damas tree, a common plant whose complex roots damage underground water pipes, can no longer be imported, sold or planted in Qatar, officials have said.According to local media reports, the Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) has asked nurseries to stop bringing the Conocarpus lancifolius trees.....

India: Heavy weather plays havoc with jasmine harvest

The production of jasmine flowers has come down drastically and the price, too, has declined. This year, Jasmine flower has been cultivated over 50,000 acres of land in Erode district.“Jasmine production has gone down to 1.5-2 tonnes a day. This is due to the failure of seasonal rains and also heavy frost,”.....

US: Flower sales bloom over winter holidays

Holiday gift-buying is well under way. However, the holiday season involves more than just buying toys and winter accessories for loved ones. Elaborate meals, travel and decorating are important parts of the festive season.Included in these secondary expenses are flowers and floral arrangements......

Good climate lures Kenyan floriculture firms to Rwanda

Kenyan floriculture firms are eyeing expansion to Rwanda due to favourable climate and government incentives aimed at boosting the sector.Several Kenyan firms say the climate in Rwanda favours the growth of flower types attracting high demand on the international market. A number are already seeking.....

India: Gerbera flower trade in Osmanabad wilts under cash crunch

Balaji Pawar, a Gerbera producer from the drought-prone Padoli village in Osmanabad district of Marathwada, has been endlessly waiting for a call from Delhi market placing sale order for his flowers during the ongoing wedding season."The wedding season happens to be peak time for our business, but we have.....

January 9-12

AHDB/CFC cut flower study tour in Israel

In association with The Cut Flower Centre, this four day study tour will focus on the propagation and cultivation of a number of unusual cut flower species some of them bred by the Israeli plant breeding company Danziger, examples of which include: cutting raised caryopteris, craspedia, gypsophila, limonium,.....

US (NJ): Festive $6.9M crop is hitting peak season

New Jersey is famous for its tomatoes and sweet corn, but there is another crop that is now in season and taking center stage - the poinsettia.Unlike other Jersey crops, the poinsettia season is much shorter. Most of the plants will be shipped and sold during the four weeks between Thanksgiving and.....

Indian governor emphasises need for skill development in floriculture

Governor Najma Heptulla has highlighted the need to take up skill development on Floriculture, medicinal Plants and black rice based small scale industries in Manipur.Jobs can be created by imparting proper skill development training to the younger generation, Heptullla said while inaugurating the one day.....

Ghana: International flower expert engages local floriculturists

An International Flower Expert from the Netherlands Senior Experts group (PUM) held a workshop in Accra for members of the Ghana Flower Growers Association (GFGA).The purpose of the workshop was to provide training in floriculture and share information on succeeding in the international flower industry, with.....

Lucas Vos talks sustainability in new vlog

In his latest vlog, Lucas Vos, CEO of Royal FloraHolland, brings you up to date about a range of matters, from trade fair to the regional meetings, from The New Auctioning to the financial results for 2016.Topics covered in this vlog:SustainabilityFinancial results for 2016The New Auctioning meetingsRegional.....

India: Floriculture loses sheen due to low prices

No rituals are celebrated without flowers but floriculture cultivation in the district was found to be a herculean job with no significant profits. Though there are risks involved in cultivation, horticulture crops are being grown in the recent years due to huge demand for the produce. But, the farmers are.....

Chrysanthemum flowers enter harvest season in East China

In Wuyuan County in the Jiangxi province in eastern China, the chrysanthemum harvest season has started again. On November 13, workers were picking organic chrysanthemum flowers in a plantation in the village of Chaguan. Chinese newspaper Global Times has pictures of the harvest.

Kenya: Panda Flowers' sights set on Valentine's Day

"Now it's time to prune", says Paul Wanderi of Panda Flowers. This Kenyan farm is preparing for Valentines Day (February 14) and is busy with pruning to avoid having extra volumes at the moment, as the demand is low, but have good volumes during the Valentine sales period as the demand shall be high. Paul.....

Rwanda National Agribusiness Directory launched:

'Showing the world Rwanda's agricultural potential'

The Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI) has released its first Rwanda National Agribusiness Directory for 2017-2019. This directory offers an overview of the major Rwandan companies active in the agricultural sector and shows their potential in this industry."The main aim of this.....

AIPH and Union Fleurs

International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016 launched

International Statistics – Flowers and Plants 2016 is now available. The latest volume contains the current available data on the global production and trade of ornamental flowers and plants. New for this year is more information about the British horticultural market and more information about production.....

Aquila Flower Farm:

Kenya: "We have nothing to hide"

Poor remuneration, sexual harassment and incorrect handling of harmful chemicals. According to the Kenyan news website The Star, working on Aquila Flower Farm is no walk in the park. According to the farms management, these stories are fictive and not based on facts. On Kenyan news website The Star, an.....

In peak season, Indian flower merchants pluck loss

The 'Sahalag' or wedding season this year is not as rosy as previous years with business dipping more than 50% in the city's flower market after demonetisation of Rs 500 (7.25 USD) and Rs 1,000 (14.50 USD) notes. With customers cutting down on use of loose cash, vendors are in for dismal sales. Unsold.....

"Polish workers walk away more easily"

Labor market is changing in the Netherlands

Will the inexhaustible source of cheap employees from Poland dry up in the Netherlands? According the recent messages on this subject one would think it would be, but that is not the case. The world is changing and so is the labour market. An improving economy, an aging population and alternative labour.....

India: No cash, over 6,000 flower growers in distress

Around 6,000 flower-farmers in Uttarakhand are spending sleepless nights post-demonetisation. According to office-bearers of the state's floriculture association, there has been a dip of up to 70% in their business despite it being the peak wedding season when sales are usually high."We are supplying flowers.....

Qatar & Ecuador working to boost trade

Qatar-Ecuador bilateral trade has been growing fast over the last few years. The two-way trade volume is expected to witness a sharp jump of over 60 percent in 2016 compared to last year, according to Kabalan Abisaab, the Ambassador of Ecuador to Qatar.Given the wide-range of opportunities of bilateral.....

"It is a huge market with lot of potential"

Colombian growers fear UK will cut imports in 2017

Brexit has been one of the most remarkable happenings this year. Since the UK decided to leave the EU on June 23, the consequences have been visible in many industries. According to Colombian spray- and carnation grower Mauricio Briceño, CEO of Turflor the effects in flower trading for the Colombian growers.....

Bangladesh: Flowers bring smiles for farmers

Many farmers in Rajshahi region including Godagari have attained success in the cultivation of flowers commercially for the past couple of years as an alternative crop.They cultivated gladiolus sticks on around 30 decimals of land in Kodomshohar, Bijoynagar, Kadipur and Amanatpur areas.Under its second crop.....

Immigrants cannot close Canada's horticultural labour gap

While Canada's agricultural and horticultural sector has been thriving, seeing nothing but growth over the last couple of years, the industry will be facing significant labour shortages in the next couple of years.Negative perceptions, difficulties to attract young skilled workers and managers and a.....

8.1 billion euros in 2015

European garden market sees slight increase in sales

The total European garden market sales increased by one percent in 2015, compared to 2014, to 88.1 billion euros. This has been reported by the German Institute for Trade Research IFH Köln. Flowers and plants take largest shareWith a share of 53 percent, the largest part of the sales in the garden market is.....

Israeli president boosts ag collaboration with India

During a visit to India, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin emphasised “B to B” (business to business) and “G to G” (government to government) relationships between India and Israel.He said India could learn from the Israeli experience and knowledge in agriculture, water conservation and water cleaning.....

Black Friday: Florists are joining the price war

It's the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday, which means plenty of promotional sales. Since 1932, this day has been regarded as the beginning of Christmas shopping season in the US. Many stores are offering special deals, discounts, coupons and so on, and so are florists and garden centers. Large US floral.....

Retailers' drive to differentiate creates opportunities for German growers

'Make me a good, but cheap mix of plants for our promo week.' This used to be the way German retailers ask growers to fill the shelves of their supermarket. However, nowadays more and more retailers ask for new and special varieties to differentiate their mix from their competitors. And this offers.....

228 greenhouse veg growers without succession

Netherlands lacking in horticulture successors

Over 55 and looking for a successor? That might be difficult in greenhouse horticulture, at least in the Netherlands. More than 4 out of 5 entrepreneurs over 55 don't have a successor or takeover candidate on hand. Only shepherds do worse in Dutch agriculture, Statistics Netherlands reports.In greenhouse.....

Bangladesh: Flower improves socio-economic condition of many Rajshahi poor people

Many farmers in the region including Godagari Upazila of the district have attained tremendous success in cultivation of flower commercially for the last couple of years as an alternative crop.They cultivated gladiolus sticks on around 30 decimals of land in Kodomshohar, Bijoynagar, Kadipur and Amanatpur.....

US: Judge blocks implementation of overtime change

A federal judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Tuesday against an Obama administration regulation expanding by millions the number of workers who would be eligible for overtime pay. The rule change was set to go into effect Dec. 1.The injunction is good news for small-business owners feeling.....

Minister of State Andrew Doyle:

"Keenly aware of the challenges Irish horticulture faces"

Minister of State Andrew Doyle TD made the following opening statement to the Seanad, the Irish Senate, in which he outlines the current market situation and government plans to develop horticulture in Ireland.The Irish horticultural sector makes a very significant contribution to the Irish gross.....

February 8-9, Shropshire

Impact of Brexit on UK renewable energy policy debated

The effect of Brexit on the UK’s renewable and low carbon energy policy will be outlined by the Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben - chairman of the committee on climate change, at the Energy Now Expo next February 8 & 9 2017.A key note speaker at the event, Lord Deben was the former minister for.....
IPM Essen market report

Horticultural trade follows the overall political situation

Horticulture is showing that it is largely stable and optimistic in spite of the many economic and political uncertainties on the markets. Notwithstanding Brexit, the embargo on Russia and terrorism, the flower and plant worlds are continuing to revolve even if not always in the traditional orbits.by Dr......
December 6, 2016 at Stockbridge Technology Centre:

UK: Research centre spearheads talks on horticulture industry post-Brexit

A new event organised by a horticultural technology centre in North Yorkshire will highlight the opportunities for the future of horticulture in post-Brexit Britain.The one-off conference entitled The Responsibilities of Independence - An Information Exchange on the Options Towards a Plant Health and Crop.....

NZ: Increase in seasonal workers welcomed

An increase of 1,000 seasonal workers announced by the government of New Zealand brings some welcome relief to the growing horticulture industry, says Horticulture New Zealand Chief Executive Mike Chapman.Government has increased the number of workers under the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme to.....

Floriculture in Mexico: will the sleeping (export) giant wake up?

With a total of 18.000 hectares of ornamental produce and its enormous domestic market, Mexico is the 4th floricultural producer in the world. Only some 20% of the production is exported, predominantly to North America. It is likely that this percentage will increase in the near future, creating.....

Kenyan business worried about high levies

The Agriculture Employer Association (AEA) has faulted county governments on land leases and the high costs of doing business.Speaking on Saturday evening during the organization’s annual general meeting, the AEA chairman Abdi Sora said some of the governors had fuelled uncertainty in some of the plantations.....

The position of the flower trading business in South Africa.

As part of the first Free State Flower Festival, on November 11 a mini symposium was held on the flower sector in South Africa.Jac Duyf of the SA Flower Growers Association (SAFGA) said: “The flower trading business is small in South Africa." His organisation currently has some 60 members of which 40 are.....

University of Tasmania offers Masterclass in Horticultural Business

The Masterclass in Horticultural Business is a global leadership program that has been tailor-made for Australian entrepreneurs in horticulture.Students will gain leadership and management skills that will enable them to take their career to the next level.This Masterclass is specifically designed for the.....

India: Jammu flower growers urge government to save market

The JK Flower Growers Association, in its meeting held under the chairmanship of Tajinder Singh, expressed concern over the pathetic scenario of commercial floriculture in Jammu province.Tajinder Singh alleged that due to the callousness of the State Government, the production of flowers has dipped many.....