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USDA to amend demands for bellflower import from Denmark

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) proposes to amend the plants for planting regulations to allow bellflower (Campanula spp.) plants for planting in approved growing media from Denmark into the United States. The proposed rule would require that.....

Royal FloraHolland closes florists clock in Naaldwijk

In three months from now, the florists clock in Naaldwijk will close, Royal FloraHolland announced. According to the cooperative, clients of the florists clock are increasingly buying through digital channels. This transition is supposedly taking place so rapidly that the balance between supply and demand at.....

Australian wildflowers popular in Japan

Hardy Australian native flowers are making big waves in Japan with eucalyptus tetragona, in particular, trending among florists and interior design stores.The Australian native, prized for its blue leaves and white frosty nuts, goes under the hammer every few days in Japan.Eriko Tashimo, sales manager with.....

UK: Bradley florist urges people to buy British

A Bradley based artisan florist is marking this week's British Flowers Week by urging people to buy home grown blooms.And, Susan Dobson, of The Yorkshire Dales Flower Company, will be offering discounts for her autumn workshop on bookings placed before the week is out.Her workshops, which take place at her.....

India: Saplings are flying off the shelves

Sasya Santhe (plants fair), an idea of popularizing horticulture crops among farmers and citizens, is fast catching up. The brainchild of the horticulture department of the Koppal district is being expanded to other districts too.The 10-day santhe, which was inaugurated in Koppal on June 14, is getting good.....

New roadmap for Australian nursery industry

A roadmap for the future of the nursery industry has been released, outlining the priorities for research and development (R&D) and marketing over the next five years, to support its growth and sustainability.The industry plays a vital role in the physical, economic and environmental well-being of all.....

Kenya flower industry addresses sustainability

The Kenya Flower Council held a successful Kenya Flower Industry Sustainability Conference on June 6, 2017 at a Nairobi Hotel attracting many stakeholders local and international from flower growers, service/product providers, Civil Society, Government, Development Agencies and other business service.....
June 24-27, Frankfurt

EFSA presents exclusive Trend Showcase at Tendence

EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association will present a unique trend showcase at the upcoming trade show Tendence from June 24 - 27 in Frankfurt.For the first time a group of five EFSA Members will exhibit together in one area in Hall 8 surrounding the EFSA Pavilion, a dedicated.....

Revenue FloraMondo Clock Presale for roses increased 60%

In an interview with Menno Nan, the rose auctioneer at Aalsmeer, he confirmed the strong growth evident in FloraMondo Clock Presale. He can see it for the product that he auctions himself, as well as for other products."I think that this growth is partly linked to the current increase in sales because the.....

Japanese suppliers to focus on export:

Japan challenged by aging among farmers

While the Japanese horti- and agricultural industry is facing challenges as a result of aging among farmers, Japanese manufacturers of agricultural supplies are confident in finding new overseas markets. One of these companies is C.I. Takiron, a manufacturer of agricultural films and plastics.C.I. Takiron.....

Dutch exports up 7.5% to € 3 billion

The export of flowers and plants from the Netherlands is already at 3 billion euros after just five months. "That amount was never reached faster," the VGB reports based on Floridata export statistics. Both in flowers and plants, the export revenue increased by 13% in May. Thus, the export revenue jumps from.....

MPs stall Treasury’s plan to bail out Kenya Airways

National carrier Kenya Airways’ quest to have Parliament approve a Sh77.3 billion ($750 million) loan guarantee the Treasury has granted it was Wednesday left hanging in the balance after a House committee failed to agree on its legality.The National Assembly’s Finance, Trade and Planning committee said it.....

US: Hawaii becomes first state to formally adopt climate accord pledges

Hawaii became the first state Tuesday to formally enact portions of the Paris Climate Accord pledges into law.At the state Capitol building Tuesday afternoon, Gov. David Ige signed two bills into law that seek to make Hawaii a greener place to live.The bill signing came less than two weeks after President.....

"Canada and US to keep agricultural trading relationship strong and growing"

Canada and the United States enjoy one of the closest trade relationships in the world. This trade interdependence supports economic growth and millions of middle class jobs on both sides of the border. The Government of Canada is working closely with the U.S. Administration to strengthen what is already a.....

US (WA): Whidbey growers see shift towards local flowers

For flower farmers on South Whidbey, spring brings the bloom and another year of exponential growth.That is, if they’re capable of keeping up with the ever-increasing demand.The flower farming industry is currently booming as the industry undergoes a shift in the way the colorful gifts are bought and grown......

NL: "Good auction prices in run-up to Mother's Day"

Busy times for transporters, exporters and growers, who are shipping out large volumes in a short period of time. It's almost Mother's Day (May 14), and it is very clear that the positive trend of the recent past is continuing."Thousands of beautiful products and a full stand @FloraHolland @Rijnsburg",.....

US (ME): Greenhouses, nurseries prep for busy month ahead

Spring is finally here, which means gardening weather isn’t far behind, so greenhouses and nurseries across the state are getting ready for their busiest season. The horticultural industry is an important one in Maine. Sales have increased over 43 percent since 2009, which is nearly double the national.....

Australia: Flower Association warns Mother's Day consumers

The Flower Association is warning consumers to be sure they know who is supplying the flowers for their Mother’s Day orders this year, following a litany of complaints after Valentine’s Day surrounding online flower ordering.Online flower ordering is a large and rapidly expanding part of the commercial.....

Canada: Slow flower movement blooming in Ontario

With vibrant buttercups and snapdragons bunched together with mint, pampas grass and branches poking through, Jennifer Fowlow’s bouquets look like they were picked fresh off farmland.And they were. The “slow flower” movement — a surge in homegrown flowers over imported grocery store bouquets — is the new.....

Expansion plans in Belgian greenhouse industry

More greenhouse horticulture companies in Flanders have the intention to expand. Of the Flemish greenhouse growers, 8.2% have plans to expand the company or go for succession. In 2015 this was 4.4%.This is reported by AgriDirect's Greenhouse Horticulture Scanner Flanders, conducted in the months of November.....

Indonesia: Economy minister supports IPB’s floriculturist program

Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, has supported the program of Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) in making competent graduates in the field of floriculture.The coordinating minister wants the benefits of ornamental plants in Indonesia to be highlighted, especially in terms of domestic.....

Orchids from Thailand popular in India

The exotic flowers of Thailand, orchids, have a huge demand worldwide and there are many orchid breeding and supplying companies in Bangkok that export orchid flowers to as many as 20 odd countries of the East and the West.One might be surprised to learn that India is one of the main importers of Thai.....

Neonicotinoid pesticide reduces egg development in wild bumblebee queens

New research published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B has found that wild bumblebee queens are less able to develop their ovaries when exposed to a common neonicotinoid pesticide.The research was conducted by Dr Gemma Baron, Professor Mark Brown from the School of Biological Sciences at.....

Green Trend Report

Dutch consumers love their succulents

The Dutch have replaced their geraniums with succulents en masse. Floramedia, communication specialist for the green market and owner of Tuinen.nl - one of the largest gardening websites of the Netherlands - has carried out a study of over 300 consumers and thereby obtained unique insights into the.....

Kenya's flower exports to remain steady in 2017

Kenya's flower exports are expected to hit 133,000 tonnes in 2017, the same as in 2016, the industry said on Wednesday.Kenya Flower Council (KFC) CEO Jane Ngige mentioned during a media briefing in Nairobi that the export volumes are expected to remain stagnant due to prevailing drought conditions that.....

US: The blooming business of locally grown flowers

When shopping for floral arrangements, some Madisonians are asking florists to use flowers from local growers."The demand for local flowers is increasing because the quality is better and the flowers last longer", says Rodney P. Crittenden, executive director of the Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Florists.....

CAN (BC): Unseasonably cold weather puts damper on flower industry

A wet April and below seasonal temperatures have pushed the gardening season back two to three weeks and it has meant a huge loss for the flower industry which thrives for the eight weeks between mid-April to mid-June. "Because it has been so cold, nobody has been buying," said Hedy Dyck, executive director.....

Sebastian Padula, Josarflor:

South American growers recover from tough weather

South American rose growers are experiencing some cold and rainy days for a couple of months now. It decreases the productivity of their crop and increases the occurrence of diseases in their crop. "In March and the first weeks of April, our production was about 10 to 15 percent lower", says Ecuadorian rose.....

Ornamental production in Colombia ready for Mother's Day

The Association of Colombian Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros, reported normality in the production of live plants in Colombia for Mother's Day. The nursery trade association estimates that around 5,000 growers, mainly small farmers, could get about 3,000,000 plants to the South American.....

How Nigerian floriculture can make it big

In Kenya, horticulture is big business. The horticulture sub-sector of agriculture has grown in the last decade to become a major foreign exchange earner, employer and contributor to food needs in the country. Currently the horticulture industry is the fastest growing agricultural sub-sector in Kenya and is.....

June 26, Brussels

Towards a European Bee Partnership

EFSA is to co-host a scientific colloquium on bee health as part of the European Parliament’s Week of Bees and Pollination 2017.Registration is now open for the event, Collecting and sharing data on bee health: Towards a European Bee Partnership, which will take place in Brussels on 26 June 2017.Agnes.....

Finnish food safety authority:

Orange petunias not allowed in EU

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has decided to remove from sale seeds and planting stock of the ornamental plant petunia characterised by the orange colour of the flowers which has been produced by means of genetic engineering. Genetically modified varieties of petunia are not authorised for cultivation.....

May 22-25, Dubai

UAE Kenya Trade & Investment Mission

The UAE – KENYA Meet Business Forum organized by the Kenyan Embassy in Dubai and partners, is scheduled to take place from the 22nd to 25th May 2017 in UAE Dubai. This will provide an opportunity to explore possibilities of flower exports to UAE. The Embassy will provide a free stand for the Kenya Flower.....

May 29, The Hague

Want to grow flowers in China?

Yunnan Province (which is located in the Southwest of China) is organizing a provincial level agricultural delegation to the Netherlands from 27 - 30 May at the invitation of Province of Zuid-Holland. A promotion meeting about the local agri- and horticulture sector will be hosted in The Hague in the.....

Kenya: President Uhuru raises minimum wage by 18%

President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that the minimum wage for Kenyan workers be raised by 18 per cent.He made the announcement during his Labour Day speech at Uhuru Park in Nairobi.The directives come amid concerns by Kenyan employers that any further increase to the minimum wage would push up expenses for.....

Prospects of Kenyan flower farms "not so rosy"

Recent figures by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show that the country recorded an increase of 12 per cent total export earnings from horticulture in 2016.Of this, 70 per cent (Sh70.83 billion [687 million USD]) came from floriculture, a jump from the 2015 earnings of Sh62.94 billion [610.8.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

''We have to think big, lest we get marginalised”

''If we want to stay a dominant force in international floriculture, we’ll have to bind the international trade channels to us. Even if those channels are in competition with our own growers. We have to think big, lest we get marginalised.''As an example, Lucas points to the growing number of roses coming.....

Royal FloraHolland

Easter and spring weather produce rise in revenue of 11%

Period 4 (27 March to 23 April 2017) was a good one at Royal FloraHolland, with a rise in revenue of 11%. The supply increased, and the average price was higher.The combination of Easter and the occasionally lovely spring weather led to a great demand for flowers and plants. The number of items supplied was.....

Investment opportunities floriculture sector Rwanda

The Rwandan National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) has published 2 calls for proposals for investments in flower production and export from Rwanda. NAEB is a government institution responsible for facilitating growth of agribusiness, diversifying agriculture and livestock commodity export.....

Kenyan workers in tight spot as pay trails inflation

Kenyan workers’ salaries failed to match the consistent rise in the cost of living during the past year leaving in its trail a purchasing power erosion that has dampened the mood as the country celebrates Labour Day and set the stage for battle over the minimum wage.Official data shows that employees got a.....

Kenya: Future of flower industry discussed at regional meetings

The Kenya Flower Council Members regional consultative meetings kicked off in Nairobi on 24th and 25th April 2017 and in Naivasha on 26th and 27th. The aim of the meetings scheduled to take place every quarter is to update and discuss various issues affecting the flower industry.The first day was a technical.....

Canada: Ornamental product sales $2.3 billion in 2016

Greenhouse products accounted for 78.5% of all greenhouse, nursery and sod sales, Statistics Canada reports. Greenhouse fruit and vegetable sales were up 3.6%, while flower and plants sales (including resales) increased 0.9%. Ornamental product sales (including greenhouse flowers and plants, nursery.....

China's 'city of peonies' to export 1 mln flowers to Australia

According to the local government, the Chinese city Luoyang has sealed a deal to export one million cut flowers to Australia. Shenzhou Peony Co is the major flower growing enterprise in Luoyang, situated in central China’s Henan Province, which is known as China’s “city of peonies”. It will be the first time.....

US: Florida Leatherleaf in tight supply this Mother's Day

A major storm last fall and an unusually warm winter mean that supplies of Florida leatherleaf will remain tight for Mother’s Day, say growers in the Sunshine State.“We are seeing improved quality on the leatherleaf and tree fern in spite of still tight supplies,” said Jana Register, director of sales and.....

This is how Trump is going to promote agriculture

President Trump's Executive Order that was signed yesterday afternoon declared a desire to see prosperity in rural America saying "A reliable, safe, and affordable food, fiber, and forestry supply is critical to America's national security, stability, and prosperity."It is in the national interest to promote.....

Perdue Joins White House “Farmers Roundtable”

Last Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined President Trump for a “Farmers Roundtable” at the White House to address issues facing the American agriculture community, as the president signed an Executive Order establishing an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity.The.....

Philippines: Rose producers go organic to meet ASEAN requirement

Farmers producing roses and chrysanthemums in La Trinidad, Benguet are starting to shift to organic production to be able to improve their produce and compete with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) markets.Alno village chief Barangay Captain Jonie Puroc said some farmers have tried adding.....

Daniel Moge, Kimman Roses:

Kenyan gypsophilas finding their way to China

"Last year, we expanded the farm by adding 4 ha and this year, we are planning to add another 2.5 to 3 ha", says Kenyan gypsophila grower Daniel Moge of Kimman Roses. Over the last years, he notices an increase in demand for gypsophilas and in particular from China.Daniel Moge at the IFTEX 2016 in Nairobi,.....

US (FL): Fort Myers, once the gladiolus capital of the world

Fort Myers was once known as the gladiolus capital of the world. Gladiolus farms, especially in the Iona district southwest of Fort Myers, produced thousands of acres of gladioli.Gladiolus bulbs, or corms, were first planted in Iona in 1935. Two successive winter freezes in central Florida had driven.....

US: Prince & Prince project $4.2B market for Mother's Day

Prince & Prince has released a projection for the retail value of U.S. consumer floral purchasing for the upcoming Mother’s Day holiday (Sunday, May 14th, 2017). The P&P U.S. consumer floral spending projection is $4.2 billion dollars at retail, including all fresh floral products (fresh cut flower.....

Ethiopia: Rose prices low in run up to Mother's Day

Mother's Day is around the corner, but the rose prices at the Dutch auction are still low. "The prices are about 25 percent lower than they should be during this time of the year", says Bereket Adane of Dugda Flora, an Ethiopian 25ha rose farm that mainly exports to the auction in the Netherlands. Tomorrow,.....

Vietnam: Hi-tech ag projects to get more support

The Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment has drafted a Decree on encouraging businesses investing in agriculture and rural areas, which proposes assistance in investment in agriculture applying high technology, training human resources and developing consumption market.Vegetables production with.....