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Royal FloraHolland halts supply of genetically modified petunias

Royal FloraHolland is adopting the RIKILT findings and preventing the trade in modified orange petunia varieties by blocking the VBN codes.In the Netherlands, research conducted by RIKILT has found that there are a number of genetically modified orange petunia varieties available. This study was commissioned.....

Azerbaijan's flower industry struggles to revive

For over a decade, Azerbaijan celebrated the birthday of former president Heydar Aliyev with a holiday called Flower Day. Elaborate floral displays were featured in public parks across the country, especially in Baku.But the holiday was scaled back last year, as the date, May 10, coincided with the end of.....

NL: Mother's Day sales better than last few years

Mother's Day saw a lot of action, extra turnover and relatively high prices at wholesalers in flowers and plants, a huge improvement compared to the last few years. According to industry organization VGB, it really was peak sales. Mother's Day was celebrated last Sunday in countries including the.....

NL: Hoorn Bloommasters about global sourcing

Global sourcing offers many benefits in worldwide trade for the buyers of Royal FloraHolland. Hoorn Bloommasters, a company from Aalsmeer that makes hand-tied bouquets, has been using it for years.Peter van de Voort, Marketing Manager of Hoorn Bloommasters, obtains flowers for their bouquets from around the.....

UK: More flowers sold despite Brexit uncertainties

It seems the British are spending more on flowers and plants again. At least, that was evident during the Mother's Day and Valentine's Day period according to a market visit conducted in the spring of 2017 in the UK.During this market visit to the Cash&Carry's and florists near London, it became clear.....

US (AL): Supplies down as flower growers switch to marijuana

Alabama flower shops were working overtime to get orders to moms for Mother's Day. However, florists say that this year it was harder to get flowers because of the rise of legal marijuana."In places where it's legal, a lot of our flower growers have gone to marijuana because it's more profitable. In fact,.....

Terry Colasanti, Colasanti Farms:

"Millennials are extremely good for plant industry"

Millennials can be pretty fickle. They know what they want, and they want it now. Marketing to Millennials may be tricky, but they offer a great target market for growers, because they're always on the lookout for something new. Canadian tropical plant grower Terry Colasanti of Colasanti Farms loves this.....

Good Mother's Day sales for German wholesalers

Flowers seem to remain the most-used Mother's Day gifts. The Association of the German Flower Wholesale and Import Trade (BGI) ad hoc survey, conducted among its members, showed that the wholesalers were very satisfied with the results. In particular West and South they had good sales and post-sales.Stable.....

African governments urged to attract youth into agriculture

African governments and other stakeholders have been urged to encourage the youth to embrace agriculture and to let them understand that they could make money from the sector and its value-chains.Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director General and Regional Representative for Africa, who made the.....

UK grower sees potential for local production after Brexit

Naylor Flowers Ltd is seeking planning consent to site ten log cabins and 13 mobile homes at Vickers Park, in Washway Road, Moulton Marsh.The homes will be lived in for only nine months of the year and each one will accommodate six people with a maximum of 120 on site at any one time. The firm has relied on.....

Life after Mother's Day

"Yes, there is life after Mother's Day. The passing of our industry's "Super Bowl" doesn't mean we sit back and wait until next year." The Sun Valley blog describes the supposed lull after this important holiday - but things are not as quiet as they seem. "No, the outpouring of flowers for this holiday.....

Potted rose grower Chris Andersen, DanRoses:

Denmark: Dark days delay Mother's Day production

Over the last couple of weeks, many Danish growers had to deal with dark days. This was not beneficial for the development of their crop in the run-up to Mother's Day, celebrated in Denmark and other European countries last Sunday. "We could not meet the demand in the free market", says Danish potted rose.....

US: Floral industry sees push for more research funding

In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, floral industry members have successfully pushed members of Congress to support floriculture research funding and helped educate lawmakers on tax issues that could hurt small-business owners.While “the first 100 days” is viewed by some as artificial and even.....

Stefano-Antonio Dejak, EU Ambassador to Kenya:

"EU partnership with Kenya a recipe for progress"

"As we celebrate this year’s Europe Day, May 9, we have great confidence and satisfaction in the many ways in which our partnership with the government and the people of Kenya is progressing," EU ambassador Stefano-Antonio Dejak writes in a piece for the Daily Nation."Looking back over the past year, the.....

more winter colors sold thanks to wet weather

NL: Weather affects choice of color of tulips

Spring officially started, but until now 2017 is mainly characterized by strong winds and rain. The influence of the wet weather is also reflected in sales of tulips. Tulips specialist BloemenLatenBezorgen.nl compared sales data for the months of February and March in 2015, 2016 and 2017 and found that the.....
Artemis on EU policies and legislation

EU: Introduction green crop protection products is tricky

The Dutch and EU policy calls for 'green' crop protection to increasingly replace the chemical plant protection. For several years this was the policy, but the legislation, the EU regulation 1107/2009, is too unmanageable in the implementation to actually introduce more ‘green’ products faster onto the.....

India: Orchids catch fancy of south Gujarat farmers

After Dutch roses and gerbera flowers, now orchids have caught the fancy of many farmers in south Gujarat. Currently, over 70% of the orchids in India are imported from Thailand.With Gujarat government's horticulture department providing subsidy up to Rs 38 lakh (60,000 USD) to orchid growers, a number of.....

US (NJ): Federal funding for promotion of local ag products

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for 2018 United States Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grants. “We welcome the opportunity to provide this federal funding for the research and promotion of specialty crops, which include fruits, vegetables, trees, plants.....

Indian floriculture wilts as temperatures soar

The floriculture sector in India is going through a rough patch owing to soaring temperature and water shortage. With groundwater depleting and bore wells going dry, production has taken a hit, impacting both export and local business. Outdoor floriculture, which caters to majority of the local needs, has.....

Australia: Want to learn more about 202020 Vision?

One of the nursery industry’s biggest initiatives – 202020 Vision – could be coming to a nursery and garden trade show near you, with industry levies supporting state and territory nursery associations in holding practical workshops for growers.The 202020 Vision initiative aims to boost green life in our.....

Claire Levi, New Covent Garden Flower Market:

UK: 'Easter is the new Christmas'

Easter is around the corner and it seems to become an important holiday for several industries in the UK. "I have heard people saying that Easter is the new Christmas", says Claire Levi of the New Covent Garden Market in London. Florists are trying to take a piece of the pie and this was visible at the very.....

UK: NFU Deputy President hears growers' post-Brexit concerns

NFU Deputy President, Minette Batters, visited the Spalding area this week (Tuesday 11 April) to learn more about the flower industry and listen to members’ concerns over Brexit.In total, Ms Batters visited three growers in the local area:Naylor’s Flowers Ltd, who produce around 50m stems of cut flowers for.....

Indian flower growers urged to tap full potential

Secretary of Horticulture Alan Gonmei said that in order to tap the full potential of the floriculture sector in the Indian state of Nagaland, growers needed to tackle challenges like infrastructure facilities, guidance to the flower growers and the seasonal demand as well as unsuitable agro-climatic.....

"Horticulture has the potential to turn around Rwanda’s export sector"

There is currently a drive to diversify agriculture exports, and National Agriculture Exports Board (NAEB) is already promoting horticulture, including flower farming and growing of fruits, to achieve this objective.This initiative mainly seeks to increase non-traditional cash crop exports. Besides, the slow.....

Floricultural industry in county Gangjin, South Korea

The agriculture counsellor for the Netherlands has met the vice mayor of the county Gangjin in South Korea, and was briefed on their plan and interest in the floricultural industry. County Gangjin has an area of 500 km2, 4% of the south Jeolla province. And it consists of 57% forest area and 28% farmland......

Job Roskam, Brinkman:

"Australia home to a greenhouse industry with plenty of opportunities"

Despite being one of the largest countries in the world, Australia is home to a very tight-knit greenhouse community. Every two years, the professionals meet during a special 3 ½ day conference organized by peak industry body Protected Cropping Australia. This year the event will be held in Adelaide from 9.....

South American growers keep fingers crossed for sun

Adverse weather in Colombia and Ecuador in March affected production for some growers — leaving industry members hopeful that sunny conditions in recent days will help keep production on track for the busy spring season, including Mother’s Day.Colombia battled through cold weather and heavy rainfall last.....

Florist enjoys increasing popularity of flowers and plants

NL: Increase in turnover flower shops of 4.2% over 2016

Dutch florists have closed the financial year 2016 well. The year 2015 was closed with a 3.6% increase in turnover, for 2016 an increase of 4.2% was achieved. This according to figures of the trade association for florists in the Netherlands (VBW). The florists have been able to maintain their strong market.....

Flowers “Made in the USA” – why some people care

Only about 20 percent of all cut flowers sold in the United States are actually grown in the country, according to the U.S. International Trade Commission.In 1991, that number was closer to 64 percent.So, what changed?According to the Alliance of Americans for America, it was the Andean Trade Preference.....

FleuraMetz goes Down Under

On May 1, FleuraMetz will open a new Cash & Carry in Brisbane, Australia. It will be housed on the premises of trading company Flowerlink Old, which FleuraMetz has been doing business with for some time. Dutchman Bas Kamp, who led Flowerlink, will be in charge of the new Fleurametz branch. Flowerlink.....

"Dutch bulbs gain serious ground in Southeast Asia"

Between a lot of greenhouse technology, various flower companies again gave color to this year's Horti Asia trade show in Bangkok, Thailand. But besides being a crowd pleaser, it was also serious business at the booth of New Fashion Flowers. "The Dutch bulbs are gaining serious ground in Southeast Asia, it's.....

"Horticulture contributes $196 billion to U.S. economy"

Horticulture positively affects people’s lives where they live, work, shop and play, according to a new report from the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH).The benefits of consumer horticulture are spotlighted in “#PlantsDoThat, Horticulture: The Art, Science, & Business of Plants”. The.....

Colombia flower industry looks for input from the Netherlands

The flower industry in Colombia has a great need for technological innovation. This offers opportunities for Dutch horticulture companies, for example for greenhouse builders and manufacturers of sorting and packaging machines. This is said by director Jan Willem van Bokhoven of the Holland House in the.....

UK: NFU secures business rates change for nursery growers

Following discussions with the NFU, DCLG Minister Marcus Jones has announced that he will take measures to amend rating legislation to ensure that nursery growers are exempt from business rates as Parliament intended.This follows an NFU member’s long-running legal case, finally decided in the Court of Appeal.....

Ethiopian Minister Arkebe Oqubay:

"We are inviting more companies to invest in horticulture in Ethiopia"

The outlook for Ethiopia remains positive, Ethiopian Minister Arkebe Oqubay, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, has said. The minister was speaking during the ‘Doing Business in Ethiopia Seminar’ that was organised by the Netherlands-African Business Council on behalf of the Ethiopian Embassy in Brussels.....

New online review available on agricultural policies in Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s strong agricultural sector is underpinned by the country’s political stability, robust economic growth and high levels of human development. The sector has achieved significant export success, yet raising productivity and staying competitive in world markets will require efforts to address.....

Tulips: a good business for Ukrainian growers

Women's Day, celebrated on March 8, has been a successful holiday for many Ukrainian growers, and for those who force tulips too. The cut rose is still the number one gift item for this holiday, but the tulip proudly takes the second position. Unlike the roses, most tulips are locally grown and it generates.....

India: Haryana government to set up flower promotion center

A Centre of Excellence for Flowers is being set up with the assistance of the Netherlands in district Jhajjar of Haryana to encourage the farmers to take up floriculture.Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar said the state government was taking effective steps to double the income of farmers. The minister.....

UK: Historic move for New Covent Garden’s Flower Market after 43 years

On Monday April 3rd, the Flower Market at New Covent Garden Market - the UK’s biggest, specialist flower and plant hall - is headed for a new home. Remaining in Nine Elms, in the heart of London, it will relocate half a mile down Nine Elms Lane from its existing site, affording its 21 traders a more.....

Royal FloraHolland: Same revenue despite one holiday less

In period 3 (from 27 February to 26 March 2017) revenue at Royal FloraHolland reached the same level as last year even though there was one important holiday less.International Women's Day and Mother's Day in the UK produced so much demand that the same level of revenue was realised this year as last year......

Nepal: Vice-president Pun bats for developing ‘flower city’

Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has urged domestic floriculture entrepreneurs to develop any one city of the country as ‘the city of flowers’ as is done in many countries, including China.Addressing the inaugural session of third International Flora Expo which kicked off in Kathmandu, VP Pun emphasised on.....

Dutch fact-finding mission in China

A 2-day mission was jointly organized by the Netherlands Business Supporting Office in Nanjing and the Dutch Consulate in Shanghai. The aims of this mission are to get acquainted with horticulture development in Lianyungang, to stimulate collaboration and trade between Chinese and Dutch companies in the.....

US: Industry members head to D.C. to make ‘meaningful change’

A major snowstorm didn’t stop dozens of retailers, wholesalers and growers from traveling to Washington, D.C., this week to share their story with lawmakers and advocate for industry issues on Capitol Hill.In fact, the Society of American Florists’ 37th Annual Congressional Action Days drew its highest.....

EUobserver reports

How the Italian mafia found a Dutch home

On a day in June 2014, two men walked towards a car rental spot at the airport of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Rattled after the long flight from Amsterdam, a row quickly flared up at the counter of the rental company between Vincenzo Macri and the members of staff.Macri’s associates had pre-booked a.....

India: The state of floriculture in Punjab

A teacher’s vision and a student’s passion gave India its first floriculture farm in Punjab’s Patiala district in 1985. Thirty-two years on, Avtar Singh Dhindsa, 61, takes a deep breath as he sits in the gazebo overlooking rows and rows of flowers daintily dancing in the spring breeze in his 800-acre farm at.....

Oksana Matias, Subati Group:

Ukrainians pleased with Kenyan quality

'Good quality roses with large head sizes are grown in Ecuador.' This has been the common perception in Ukraine for many years. However it now seems to change. According to Oksana Matias of Subati Group, a Kenyan rose grower, Ukrainians are now noticing the beauty and quality of Kenyan roses. At the Flower.....

CargoLogicAir: 100+ tons of flowers from Colombia to London

CargoLogicAir flew over 100 tonnes of roses, carnations and other favourites into London Stansted Airport from Bogota, Colombia, in time for UK Mother’s Day, celebrated on March 26 this year.Its Boeing 747-8 freighter and 747-400F aircraft generally handle less romantic cargoes such as a 10,400kg aero engine.....

UK: Sainsbury's warns customers not to eat flowers

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has placed an unusual safety warning on one of its products.The retail giant has been marking the start of spring by selling daffodils, but the bright flowers have come with an odd warning.On some bunches, the words "Do not eat" and a red warning logo have appeared and are.....

Malaysia: Orchid export increases to 3 million USD

Orchid plants can bring lucrative returns to the country as the export of Malaysian orchids increased to RM13.2 million (3 million USD) last year compared to RM11.9 million (2.7 million USD) in 2015.Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabeery Cheek said the relevant parties should come.....

Australia: Nursery industry streamlines interstate trade

The Australian nursery industry has taken a significant step towards streamlining the trade of plants between states, following years of dedicated engagement and support with state governments for changes to existing legislation.The Queensland government has passed amendments to its Biosecurity Act 2014, and.....

The different types of flowers at Verdissimo

Verdissimo, producer of preserved plants and flowers, has different types of flowers available. The company introduce each of these preserved flowers and their varieties:GardeniaGardenias, which are originally from Asia, are very spectacular flowers thanks to their large, full-bodied leaves.Preserved.....

"If flowers are taxed at a higher rate, consumers will shift to other products"

When an influential House committee convened today to discuss small business issues, a longtime floral industry member was present to share his story — and make the case for the industry at large.Skip Paal, AAF, of Rutland Beard Floral Group, headquartered in Cantonsville, Maryland, was one of four.....

Canada: Ontario boosts greenhouse industry innovation

Ontario is enhancing the competitiveness of the greenhouse sector by supporting the development of innovative new technologies, encouraging investments in greenhouse agriculture and boosting productivity.Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Jeff Leal made the announcement at Link Greenhouses in.....