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Iran exports flowers, ornamental plants to 30 countries

According to official figures Iran exported flowers and ornamental plants valued at $25 million to 30 countries in the year to March 21, 2018, said the head of Ornamental Plants Research Center of the Iranian Agricultural Jihad Ministry, IRNA reports. Speaking to Iran Daily, Mohammadreza Shafi’ei added this comes…

Kenyans' deepening affection for orchids

What is it about orchids that could cause the former regional senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Anne Eriksson, to look forward to retirement so she could grow the elegant flowering plants? And why would orchids inspire a medical specialist like Dr Janak Gohil to forego her lucrative work as an anaesthesiologist for even…

Illegal trade putting Greek wild orchids at risk, scientists warn

Overharvesting to meet skyrocketing demand in Turkey and elsewhere is placing the endemic wild orchid population in Pindos, northwestern Greece, at risk, according to a team of scientists studying the flowers. A key ingredient for the production of salep, a popular sweet drink, and Turkey's mastic ice…

Ecuador: The origin story of preserved and garden roses

Garden cut roses and preserved roses have become popular products produced in Ecuador, and at the exhibitions in Quito in September, many of them were on display. But when did it all start? Marisa Ortiz of X-ACT Products, a company that is focused on facilitating relationships between parties involved in…

India: Flower business in Guwahati in full bloom

Every morning a stretch of the city along the mighty Brahmaputra is filled with fragrances giving the passerby a feeling of spirituality and festivity. The people from different parts of Greater Guwahati areas turn up at this stretch near the Sukreswar temple and Fancy Bazar to buy fresh and beautiful flowers of various…

Can the Russian greenhouse industry overcome challenges?

The development of Russia’s greenhouse industry has become a well-known fact in the last few years. Analytics argue that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the industry thus far with more than 250 hectares of new commercial greenhouses commissioned. This rapid increase resulted mainly from a…

Cannabis legalization: challenges and opportunities

Canada rolls out the green carpet

October 17, 2018. On this historical day, recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada. While medical marijuana has been legal for some time now, the legalization of recreational pot in such a big potential market represents a paradigm shift in the industry (by the way, if you're curious about where…

Workers Zena Roses protest over salaries

Workers of a Murang’a flower firm have staged protests in an effort to pressure their employer to pay their 3-month salaries arrears. Staff of Zena Roses Company located in Gatanga Sub County have been in a go-slow since Saturday after the company failed to pay them salaries since July 2018. More than 200 workers on Tuesday complained…

US (FL): Update on crop damage caused by Hurricane Michael

As of October 15, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have begun gathering information they need to develop formal estimates of damages and crop losses Hurricane Michael inflicted upon agricultural and natural resources industries operating in Florida’s…

UK: Standards set to develop future farmers and growers

To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes. The green light…

Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels

ILVO is going to set up a sort of 'medical record' for its land parcels. All soil data - crop rotation, soil working and treatment, analyzes, yields and environmental…

Iran’s flower, ornamental plants market on rise

Iran’s balance of trades for flower and ornamental plants in the past Iranian year (ended on March 20) remained positive amounting to some $11 million, which is expected to observe a significant growth this year, a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture said. According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture’s…

China's e-commerce flower sector is blooming

Targeting the new generation of e-commerce customers, online flower retailers keep their clients engaged with new designs and ideas. Customers are also encouraged to share photos of their bouquets with friends via social networks. Competition is fierce. Rose-Only, a Beijing-based startup founded in 2013, targets the…

India: Flower shops shut down in Chennai

Badrain Street lost the fragrance of flower business after the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, following a Madras High Court ultimatum of 48 hours, locked and sealed 60 shops with police security on Thursday. This comes after the Madras High Court on Tuesday gave the 48-hour ultimatum to the CMDA to…

Miguel Gómez Martínez

Colombia: "The competition for the lowest costs doesn't make it possible to generate wealth"

"It is wealth that has the capacity to help us overcome misery. It seems very obvious, but it is not what we have been striving for in recent decades." It is the subtitle of Miguel Gomez Martinez's column "What’s expensive is good" (Lo caro is bien) published in Portafolio . He reviews the thesis of…

Retaining strong position of Westland by means of expansion and accessibility

The merger of auctions strongly contributed to the development of ABC Westland. The Dutch business park was full in just a few years, and the land bought later is now also practically fully occupied. Yet ABC Westland isn’t done growing. ABC Westland was started in 1999. After The Greenery was founded,…

Turkey: 1.1 billion USD exports from West Mediterranean region of Turkey so far in 2018

The West Mediterranean region of Turkey has exported 1.1 billion USD worth of products so far in 2018, a 6.3 % increase compared to the previous year. The West Mediterranean region is well known for being the center of the Turkish agricultural production especially in tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus fruits…

Australia: Have your say on nursery and garden industry employment

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is encouraging growers, retailers and supply chain participants to jump online and complete a new workforce survey, to gain a timelier depiction of employment and career development issues within the industry. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nurserycareers and will…

New plant campaign from the Flower Council of Holland

Thanks Plants! Danke Pflanzen! Bedankt Plant! Merci les Plantes!

Green energy, cosiness, improved air, beauty: there are many reasons for thanking plants for what they do. And that is the angle for the new campaign. The message of bringing more plants into the home for their beauty and as an important element in home decor has turned out to be ‘mission accomplished’ for the…

Kenya's horticultural sector eyes China expo to boost revenues

Kenya's horticulture sector planned to participate in the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) to boost its revenue, the industry association said on Thursday. Okisegere Ojepat, CEO of Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPCK), told Xinhua in Nairobi that the event will provide an opportunity for Kenyan…

Catalina Arango, Flores del Este:

"Russia: an interesting market for Colombian hydrangeas"

Hydrangeas are the 5th most important export flower of Colombia in terms of value. Both, volume and value are still increasing. The United States is still by far the most important export market for these flowers, but volumes to China, Russia and Spain have shown an exponential growth. Colombian export…

Kenya's $800 million flower market sees boost thanks to China

Red Lands Roses in Kenya produces some of the boldest shades of roses, from a glossy red to a bright yellow and even a vivid pink. Every single bundle of flowers is carefully prepared for export to several countries, with China being one of their biggest markets. This flower farm is just one of many in Kenya, which…

Ireland allocates €6 million for horticulture

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, welcomed the expenditure allocations announced in Budget 2019. Expenditure next year will amount to: €103m for the Forestry Programme,  €6m in capital investment for the commercial horticulture sector, €16.8m for Bord na gCon, €11m is being provided for the Organic…

GlobalGAP and GIZ collaborate to facilitate export of horticulture products from Central Asia

The objective of the collaboration between GlobalGAP and the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) is…

Hokuto Sasaki , Toyoake Kaki:

"Moscow is a big market with a lot of potential for Japanese flowers”

"Moscow is a big market with a lot of potential for Japanese flowers”, says Hokuto Sasaki of Toyoake Kaki. This Japanese auction company was exhibiting at the FlowersExpo in Moscow for the fifth time. Over the last few years they have been creating a market in Vladivostok, the eastern part of Russia. For…

Will Womack, FNGLA:

"Don’t be afraid to try something new"

The following is a President's Letter from Will Womack to members of the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association. As you are likely reading this article during The 2018 Landscape Show, may I politely offer you our warmest welcome and ask you to commence “Color-ing Your World.” A very special “thank you”…

The book 'Super Flowers' explains:

What's the "success equation" applied by Colombia, Kenya and China?

Why does Peru not have such a blossoming cut flower industry as Ecuador and Colombia, even though it has the same climate conditions? It was one of the main reasons for Peruvian agronomist Rogelio León to start investigating the recipe for success - "the success equation" - of the flower industry in…

Kenya: Economy grows, but flower exports dwindle

Kenya's economy expanded by 6.3 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 4.7 percent during a similar quarter in 2017, the statistics agency said on Friday. Zachary Mwangi, Director General of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), said that the growth was against a backdrop of a fairly stable macroeconomic environment…

"Certification is a means, but not an end goal"

Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) is an international foundation based in Brussels. At the foundation established in 2013, approximately 50 market parties and civil society organizations work together to make the floriculture sector more sustainable. Program manager FSI Jeroen Oudheusden…

"Canada and U.S. have reached a NAFTA deal"

Canada and the U.S. have announced a tentative new trilateral trade deal with Mexico that includes some key concessions on issues of import to both countries — and also a…

UK: Is your business Brexit ready?

With just six months to go before the UK leaves the EU, the British Chamber of Commerce is calling for the UK government to redouble their efforts to reach an agreement with…

Nigeria: Hibiscus export to Mexico hits $35m in 9 months

Nigerian hibiscus farmers are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as the crop’s export worth is on the increase as international demand rises. Speaking to Daily Trust in Abuja, the Coordinating Director, Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Service, Dr Vincent Isegbe, said from January to September 2018, the agency…

UK: Thompson & Morgan sees positive start to autumn season

Thompson & Morgan says it has seen a strong start to sales from its newly-launched 2019 mail order seed range. Flower of the Year, Nasturtium ‘Orchid Flame’, Beet Morello and Tomato ‘Sweet Success’ are all proving popular with gardeners eager to prepare for next season. Left: T&M Flower of the Year Nasturtium ‘Orchid…

Kenyan farmers struggle to meet Europe’s horticulture demand

Kenyan horticulture exporters are already experiencing high demand for vegetables, fruits and flowers from European countries as they gear up for the high season in October 2018 to May 2019. The European Union is the largest market for cut flowers from Kenya at 38 per cent. About 50 per cent of cut flowers from Kenya are sold through…

US: Packaging Suppliers hit hard by imposed tariffs on Chinese goods

On January 22 this year, the U.S. implemented a series of import tariffs on a variety of Chinese goods. Since then, the trade situation has escalated with retaliations against the imposed tariffs from either party and the number of imported items affected went from 18 to 10,000 products. A volatile trade situation has…

How to increase US flower consumption?

The US economy is growing, but the flower consumption is not growing at the same pace. So how can we increase the flower consumption in the US? It was the main question discussed during the breakfast organized by Expoflores in advance of the Expo Flor Ecuador, last week. Together with board members of…

Importing & exporting plants if there is a no-deal Brexit

The following is an exact replica of the text from the Government's Technical bulletin giving advice on what will happen in the event of a no-deal Brexit, published on 24 September 2018, and reposted by the HTA . Importing and exporting plants and plant products if there’s no Brexit deal Purpose This notice sets out how businesses…

Australia: Empowering women in horticulture through leadership scholarships

Women who are current and emerging leaders in the Australian horticulture industry can now apply for a leadership development scholarship valued up to $10,941. Funded by Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia (WLA), the scholarship grants cover up to 60 per cent of the cost of the training…

Dutch ambassador to Ghana:

"Garden and flowers have huge economic potential"

The 2018 Ghana Garden and Flower Show has opened in Accra with a call for more efforts towards the plant, garden and flower sector due to huge economic benefits. Mr Ron Strikker, the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, who made the call, said plants, flowers and gardens provided huge employment and economic benefits for…

USAID Hub signs grant with Kenya Flower Council to increase floriculture exports to the U.S.

On September 19, the USAID Hub signed a grant with Kenya Flower Council with the goal of increasing Kenya’s share of the U.S. market for cut flowers by December 2019. The Hub and Kenya Flower Council will work together to raise cut flower exports by boosting the visibility of Kenyan flowers in the U.S.…

Currency crisis unfolding – Will it catch up to the US?

A review of the values of 143 global currencies indicates that so far this year, more than 80 percent have fallen in value. Another 11 appear to be pegged to the dollar and 13…

"Keeping up with high operational heating costs is a challenge"

A challenge for many greenhouse operators is keeping up with high operational heating costs. While necessary for success, these costs are detrimental to profits. Triple Green Energy provides biomass heat solutions up to 20MM BTU for greenhouse growers, substantially lowering heating costs while reducing the impact…

Ecuador: Flower growers ask for local sales without VAT

The Association of Producers and Exporters of Flowers of Ecuador (Expoflores), formed by more than 184 members, asked for the elimination of the value added tax (VAT) in the purchase of local flowers. The chairman of the board, Juan José Albuja, made the request to President Lenín Moreno, at the inauguration of Expoflor…

Kenya: Tax on cut flowers to be harmonised for better gains

Nakuru County government plans to harmonize tax imposed on flower farmers, a move aimed to end double taxation that has adversely affected them. Since devolution came into force, farmers have cited double taxation from both arms of government as a key factor driving down production. Another challenge to industry players is poor…

Australia: Scholarships showcase dynamic career paths in nursery industry

With the growing recognition of the power of green, the nursery and garden industry is booming. To support this increasing demand, it’s important to nurture the growth and prosperity of this vibrant industry, by providing the workforce with unique opportunities to learn, develop and grow. One way of doing this is by offering…

Ambassadors say reforms in Ethiopia will attract investors

The reforms underway in Ethiopia would help to create favorable conditions that attract more investors in various areas, resident representatives of various countries said. In an exclusive interview with ENA, Indian, Turkish, Korean, and Swedish Ambassadors to Ethiopia said they are impressed by the recent reforms taken…

HTA advises on implications of the recently published Agriculture Bill 2018

On 12th September, a new Agriculture Bill was introduced into Parliament. This Briefing Note is written to provide information about some of the provisions contained in the Bill of relevance to HTA members. The full text is available by clicking here . Implications for devolved nations can be read here .…

State receives $22.6 million in federal grant funds

US: California agriculture leads nation in funding for specialty crops

California has received $22.6 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2018 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), most in the country. More than $72 million was…

China: Flower markets that can lift the spirit

The International Floricultural Times Plaza in Shanghai was transformed from the original Hongqiao Antique Center, a shikumen-style compound of around 100,000 square meters. Selling antiques alone brought few customers. The addition of flower stores increased the plaza's popularity. “When I was a kid, a tour to…

Success of Agriculture Bill will be in the details, warns British Growers

The British Growers Association has broadly welcomed the Agriculture Bill published by the Government. The Bill is largely enabling legislation and so there is still a lot of…

Russia: Fewer roses from Kenya and small flowers in bouquets

In Russia, most roses are imported from Ecuador. This country  supplies 60 percent of the Russian market. Russia is fifth in terms of import from Colombia, with the main products from this country being roses, carnations, chrysanthemums and alstroemerias. While the FloralDaily.com team was visiting Russia for the FlowerExpo2018, we also took…

US (MS): Horticulture industry remains strong in state

What is sometimes called the green industry includes landscape services and greenhouse and nursery production, a wide-ranging, growing agricultural sector worth more than $1…

US: Hibiscus blossoms on menus

Edible flowers, long used to add a pop of color to menu items, are increasingly making their way not on top of, but in to a variety of food and beverages. Among the trending flowers is hibiscus, beloved for its bright blossoms, which chefs are using in various forms — from dried and steeped to cooked down into syrup to infused…

Australian praise for Dutch flower industry

"We often hear about how different agriculture is in other parts of the world and as Australian farmers, it’s important to keep an eye on the bigger global picture as we plan…

Russia's self-sufficiency drive expands ornamental farms

Russia is eager to become a more self-sufficient country. Imports need to go down and national production up. Several growers that were exhibiting at the FlowersExpo Moscow are expanding or planning to expand their greenhouses. In turn, the breeders at the show also see an increasing interest for their…

"Vietnam’s surging agro-economy marked by challenging opportunities"

Things are going well in Vietnam – in 2017, the GNP of the country with its 96 million inhabitants grew by 6.8%. This meant the Vietnamese economy had its fastest growth in the last ten years. As a result of the rapidly-growing middle class and the increasing demand for high-quality, local and…

Horticulture in Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast’s climate is favorable for the cultivation of flowers, vegetables and fruit. But the quality of the products is often insufficient for export. There is a lot of work to do for Dutch experts in the entire chain, from seed breeding, soil analysis and fertilization to management, logistics and refrigeration technology.…

US: Nursery industry braces for Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence is approaching the U.S. East Coast, threatening Georgia and the Carolinas. While the storm speed is decreasing somewhat, disastrous circumstances are still expected, and Georgia is still under a state of emergency, WSB-TV reports . Credit: National Hurricane Center Georgia The nursery…

Devaluating ruble talk of town at FlowersExpo

Over the last year, many South American flower growers increased their volumes to Russia. They seem to be gaining back a bit of the market share that they lost in the crisis in 2015. Unfortunately, the ruble has been devaluating over the last weeks, worrying growers and their customers. At the…

Nuffield Zimbabwe seeking applicants for 2019 scholarships

The Nuffield Foundation was initiated by William Morris (later Lord Nuffield) in the United Kingdom during 1943. The establishment of the fund was initially for ‘the advancement of health and social well-being’ and in 1947 widened to include agricultural advancement. Soon after inception, various…

Pakistan: Budding garden industry provides employment opportunities

Ramesh, a young entrepreneur has inspiring tales for unskilled and uneducated youth of urban and suburban settlements to initiate a venture without investing a single penny.…

Turkey: Clustering production of plants and flowers

The efforts toward clustering flower and plant growers continue with a meeting in Ankara, where the example of Yalova, a city in northwestern Turkey, is analyzed. Yalova, a very small city located in close proximity to Istanbul, is known for its plant production. Growers Association President Ahmet…

Indonesia: Sukabumi to export Lucky Bamboo again to India, Malaysia

In Asian culture, Dracaena Sanderiana which is commonly called Lucky Bamboo has been a symbol of good fortune for more than 4,000 years. It has also recently become a popular home plant that is widely available outside Asia. The prospect of Dracaena export is certainly in accordance with the direction of…

UK: Growers asked for views on Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Farmers, growers, processors and industry representatives are being asked for their views from today (31 August) on the role of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development…

The world split into 7 equal areas of population

So every colored area contains the same amount of people, okay? Click here for a larger image.

UK: August brings spend increase, but garden centres see only marginal growth

Britons spent 4.5% more this August compared with the same month last year, maintaining the strong levels seen over the summer as a whole, according to the latest data from…

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"Brexit reports misleading world of currency"

Right when the Brexit talks threaten to run aground, the EU and Great Britain are taking a step towards one another. It's far too early, however, to presume both parties will…

Efforts to revive flower industry

Zimbabwe is seeking to revive the flower industry decimated by the land reform programme with plans to put 1 000 hectares of cut flowers under plantation. Under former president Robert Mugabe, authorities carried out often violent seizures of white-owned farms in a bid to address what they called…

Mischa Groothuizen of Dutch phalaenopsis nursery Levoplant:

"Plenty of opportunities to expand markets outside Russia's major cities"

"The phalaenopsis demand from Russia is stable for us for many years", says Mischa Groothuizen of Levoplant, a Dutch phalaenopsis nursery who is supplying this market for about a decade now. However, according to the company's Sales Manager, there are plenty of opportunities for the sector to grow,…

EU Commission reveals the final import list this week

"Import bans must be proportional and based on actual risks"

This week there will be more clarity about the list of high-risk plants, for which an import ban will take effect in December 2019. In the context of new European regulations, the requirements for import for plants and plant material from outside the EU will become stricter. Many companies have responded…

Tropical plants in Sweden:

"Demand sky high, but limited availability"

Over the last years, the indoor green plants have skyrocketed in popularity in many countries. In Sweden too. However, the availability seems to be limited as the trendy tropical plants are not easy nor cheap to grow in this country. Therefore, many are being imported and interestingly most are said to…

Indonesia: Ministry of Agriculture sets eyes on orchid flower business

Director General of Horticulture at the Ministry of Agriculture, Suwandi paid a visit to the Ornamental Crops Research Institute (BALITHI) of Ministry of Agriculture, in Cipanas and several locations for seed and flower nurseries in Cianjur Regency, West Java, Sunday (9/2/2018). When visiting the center…

India: Chinese plastic flowers invade market for fresh ones

They come in all hues, often appearing to be more real than the real. Chinese plastic flowers, which dot the platforms of the town, are eating into the market that once belonged totally to the fresh ones cultivated in Hosur and Bagalur. Farmers in these flower-growing regions are taking a severe hit. “No…

"FNGLA: "September brings opportunity"

August is behind us! For the horticulture industry, a period of overabundances. Workdays were longer. We also had excessive rain and extreme temperatures to manage. Continue to be safe. On the positive side, let’s appreciate the gift of seasonally high revenues, despite our bodies telling us to dry off…

Laurens Maartens, NBWM:

"Brexit reports misleading world of currency"

Right when the Brexit talks threaten to run aground, the EU and Great Britain are taking a step towards one another. It's far too early, however, to presume both parties will…

Tanzania: Horticultural body awaits government move on tax cut plea

Horticultural industry players are awaiting the government’s action to their proposals to reduce taxes. These include VAT on various agricultural inputs such as the cold storage facilities, plant protection substances and packaging materials, among others. The proposals were sent to the Taskforce on Tax…

Preparing graduate students and postdocs for diverse careers

US: Plant scientists call for renewed focus on empowerment of trainees

Changes in the workforce are challenging academia to prepare scientists to be adaptable and adept at communicating across boundaries. To meet these demands, the Plant Science Research Network (PSRN) is shifting the focus to enable trainees to take ownership of their training experiences. “Since President…

Currently more than 1 million electric cars in EU

Nice to know, in Europe there are now more than 1 million electric cars driving around. Especially a boost in the sales over the first half of this year has ensured that this number has now been reached. In this respect the EU has beaten the USA which hopes to reach the 1 million mark later this year.…

Florence Didy, Harvest Flowers Kenya:

"Kenya: "Delayed production due to cold and cloudy days"

The weather in Kenya has been unusual for the last couple of months. The rainy season started off too early this year and now, the cold period with cloudy days is taking longer than usual. And the consequences are visible in the crop. "The colder and darker days delay the crop", says Florence Didy of…

Germany: “An abnormal situation” in the wholesale plant sector

The extreme weather in recent months caused extreme difficulties for some nurseries, as a survey by specialist editor Marie Schröder of several regional associations in the German Nursery Federation (Bund deutscher Baumschulen, BdB) shows. Long frost hampers the spring business performance of the…

Cuba: Challenges & opportunities for scientific cooperation

A second attempt from Wageningen University & Research, BU Greenhouse & Horticulture to collaborate with Cuba in the area of plant protection has been made and several visits have been organized. This time the visit was addressed to the National Institute for Agricultural Sciences (INCA). The Bioactive…

Ethiopia attracts over 3.7 billion USD in foreign investments

Ethiopia has attracted more than 3.7 billion USD Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) during the concluded fiscal year, according to the Investment Commission (EIC). In a press conference, Dr. Belachew Mekuria, EIC Commissioner, said the nation has managed to lure the stated amount of FDI, despite the…

US (FL): Tracking one million orchids

The orchid is considered one of the most prized flowers of South Florida, but has suffered many threats due to urbanization in the region. The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden has a program dedicated to saving the flower. The Million Orchid Project is reintroducing native orchids in South Florida's…

The modern green roof revolution

How do you define a green roof? The first image that comes to my mind is a little, hobbit-like house somewhere in Scandinavia with a goat eating grass on the roof. That may be a bit simplistic; the green roofs of yore have come a long way. by Jill M. Calabro, Ph.D The ‘urban renaissance,’ a term used to describe the comeback of…

Preparing for a No Deal Brexit

On 23rd August the UK Government published 25 technical guidance notes giving advice to businesses and individuals about being prepared for a no deal when the UK leaves the EU on 29th March 2019. This note contains information for HTA members about some of the guidance relevant to members. A further 60 guidance notes are to be…

Ecuador’s long-lasting roses set to enter Indian market

Ahead of the first round of negotiations for the Preferential Trade Agreement slated for early next year, long-lasting roses cultivated and preserved in South American nation Ecuador will soon be entering the Indian market, for the first time ever. Talking to FE, ambassador of Ecuador to India Hector…

Australia: Risk review for fresh cut flowers and foliage imports

The Australian government have commenced a risk review for fresh cut flowers and foliage imports. This risk review will be conducted in two parts. For part one they will assess the three major arthropod pest groups – thrips, aphids and mites. For part two they will assess other arthropod pests associated…

India: Onam cancellation a problem for flower growers

Though the sight of swathes of land with marigold and chrysanthemums in full bloom, and greenhouses speckled with white roses will normally bring a smile to any face, it has just plunged the farmers of Hosur into gloom. The reason: the flowers are cropped solely to cater to the Onam demand from Kerala…

"Minister MacAulay goes on second "Growing Canadian Agriculture" tour"

Canada's agriculture and agri-food sector is an economic engine, creating good, middle-class jobs 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…

Future proofing the Australian nursery and garden workforce

Australia’s nursery sector is a vibrant industry with a very positive story to tell. It contributes over $2.29 billion to our economy every year, provides starter stock into our food and fibre supply chains, and delivers a green product which boosts the health and wellbeing of our environment and…

Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City expands orchid planting areas

According to the HCM City’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, currently the city’s orchid planting area is about 360 hectares with major planting areas in Hoc Mon, Cu Chi and Binh Chanh districts. The city can supply to the market about seven million orchid pots and nearly 70 million…

"EU-Africa free trade will create more imbalances"

The European Union can boost development to and stem migrant flows from Africa by completely opening its market to the region, German Development Minister Gerd Müller said on…

US: Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $137,000

Keeping Frederick Carl Gloeckner’s direction and vision in focus, the Board of Directors and Officers of the Fred C. Gloeckner Foundation met on June 2nd to review proposals…

Zimbabwe targets $200 million in flower exports

Zimbabwe is looking forward to develop about 1,000 hectares of cut flower plantations – mostly roses – in the next five years as it seeks to boost foreign currency inflows. In…

Oregon’s nursery industry grows to new heights

The Oregon nursery industry climbed to its second best sales year on record in 2017, according to newly released figures from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. The state’s wholesale and retail nurseries tallied an estimated $947.7 million in sales during the calendar year, which was more than enough…

UK: HTA issues update on water situation

Above average rainfall in spring this year meant the UK started the Summer with generally healthy water supplies. However, despite recent rainfall, demand for water remains high so water companies are continuing to ask everyone to please use water wisely. Some water companies are in discussion about…

Pablo Restrepo Samper, Excellence Flowers:

"China: "Supplying for Valentine's Day results in year-round demand"

Friday August 17th was Chinese Valentine’s Day. People in China and Taiwan celebrated love with lots of flowers. Some of them were coming from Colombian rose farm Excellence Flowers. “Naturally there is a high demand for red roses, but tinted roses are quite an attraction as well. For those we get…

Sales of plants going up undiminished

Hot summer pushes Dutch flower exports down 6%

The hot summer period has put pressure on the export value of Dutch flowers with a contraction of 6% in July. Plants were less affected and the exporting wholesale even managed to realize an increase of 4%, according to the export statistics from Floridata up to and including July. Plants do structurally…

All InSeason introduced preserved roses into New Zealand

After introducing preserved roses to Australia in 2015, Diana Carolina, Managing Director of All InSeason Pty Ltd, announces that the company has now expanded its preserved rose operations into New Zealand, with the very first shipment of All InSeason’s preserved roses landing in New Zealand in July of…

Frerik Kampman, Netherlands Embassy, on demanding Ethiopian youth:

"Mismatch between expectations and reality is causing unrest"

Since late March 2018 Ethiopia has a new Prime Minister: Abiy Ahmed. According to many, a promising new government was formed that is doing a lot right. However, this optimism has not trickled down to local level yet. In the Oromia region, for example, where many Dutch flower farmers are based, the youth…

Danny van Uffelen of Zentoo:

"Russians follow Western trend toward smaller chrysanthemums”"

While disbudded chrysanthemums were traditionally the best sellers in Russia, over the last few years the demand has shifted to spray chrysanthemums and santinis, Danny van Uffelen of Zentoo tells us. Russia is their major market and due to the change in demand, they changed the assortment of their…

CAN (BC): Provincial state of emergency declared

The British Columbia government has declared a provincial state of emergency to support the provincewide response to the ongoing wildfire situation. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, made the declaration based on the recommendation from B.C.’s wildfire and emergency…

Indonesia: Agriculture ministry promotes jasmine exports

The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture is increasingly showing a commitment to increase exports of various food commodities. Now, it is focusing on increasing the export volume of jasmine flowers. "In accordance with the direction of the Agriculture Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman to increase production and…

Europe: A Campanula season with ups and downs

The Campanula season is almost over. Time to look back. Bodil Clara Johansen of Thoruplund looks back to a season with ups and downs. “Overall it was a good season. But compared to last year it was much less stable. We have had a very good start. Due to the weather, March was bad for us, like for many…

FTD sees lower flower sales in U.S.

FTD announced financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018. Scott Levin, FTD’s Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our results for the second quarter were impacted by continued headwinds from lower than expected traffic and conversion in our U.S.…

Upcoming European prohibition on imported ficus?

The Netherlands food and consumer product safety authority (NVWA) notifies Dutch companies and other interested groups on the public internet consultation about a proposition of the European Commission proclaiming an import ban on 39 genera (species) of woody plants starting on the 14th of December 2019.…

President Uhuru Kenyatta to envoys:

"Promote partnerships, trade and investment for Kenya"

President Uhuru Kenyatta urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to. He told the new Ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs…

Turkey: Lira collapse means decline in floral imports

Due to the conflict between the US and Turkey, the Turkish Lira has dropped significantly, what does this mean for the Turkish flower industry? "The increase in prices is being felt", many Turkish wholesalers say. "On top of that, consumers will hold back in spending in general and hold onto their money…

New Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development in Colombia

On 7th of August, after the possession of his position as President of the Republic, Iván Duque was authorized to take the oath of his ministerial cabinet, where Andrés Valencia Pinzón, was appointed as the new Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. The new Government has indicated that one of…

sector report ABN AMRO

NL: Transport sector has favorable tide

The transport sector benefits from the revival of the world economy. Both globally and the euro zone, including the Netherlands. The starting points for the transport sector are therefore positive. This translates into high confidence in the future among transport operators. However, clear differences…

Follow the flowers all around the world

At Floralife, they describe their contribution to the global floriculture industry with the phrase “Follow the Flowers.” The path from the farm to the home is long and full of…

Brad van Bremen, Logico:

"Europe: "No shortage of creativity among orchid growers"

Exclusive orchids are doing really well this season. This is encouraging for growers now that Phalaenopsis isn't doing as well price-wise. "The demand for orchids is generally the same as last year, and that is positive. In the past the exclusive orchids generally followed suit when the Phalaenopsis…

Giving customers direct access to FloraMondo

Would you like to give your customers direct access to the entire assortment of flowers and plants in FloraMondo while keeping control of the process? That is now possible with the new customer account function. Do your customers want access to FloraMondo? You can now offer them this service. That is…

"US: "Horticulture industry’s age problem bigger than you think"

As older plant growers, nursery managers and groundskeepers reach retirement age, there are too few youngsters arriving to replace them. “There’s an age gap in commercial horticulture, a drastic and obvious lack of people under the age of 40,” said Cole Mangum, vice president of production at Bell…

Ecuadorian growers dealing with unusual weather

Damaged greenhouses and a decreased rose production. These problems were reported by some Ecuadorian rose growers as a result of the unusual and variable weather throughout the country. Over the last few weeks, it has been raining or was very dry, winds were strong, temperatures low and last Saturday,…

"Climate change, land lack nip Philippine floriculture sector in the bud"

While the country’s production of chrysanthemums, orchids and roses remained stable, the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed cut flowers posted a decline of 4.94 percent to 8,886 metric tons (MT), from the 9,348 MT recorded in 2016. The industry reached its peak output with…

September 3, Cologne, Germany:

Learn more about the Italian green market at 'Get-Together' MyPlant & Garden

Want to learn more about the Italian green market? On September 3, 2018, a "Get-Together" will be organized by Myplant & Garden and it will take place in Cologne, Germany. With this ‘get together’ evening, Myplant plans to meet directly, in a relaxed atmosphere, firms, press, and buyers. During the…

Lavendula saves the season for Danish pot rose grower

The outdoor lavendula season is nearing its end. At Danish nursery Gartneriet Brolykke the last plants are being shipped out this week, and the company's Sales Manager Klaus René Hansen is pleased with the sales. "I think this year's hot weather worked in our favor, at least for our lavendula crop", he…

Kenya feels European heat in export figures

The heat in Europe is not only affecting many European growers, it is also impacting growers elsewhere - the ones who are exporting their products to this continent. Kenyan rose farm Uhuru Flowers, for example, feels the heat in the export figures. "In the rest of the world, the sales are OK, only in…

International players show interest in Russian greenhouse market

The 2nd Open Russia Greenhouse Debate and Networking Evening 2018 was held on 14 June in Amsterdam and brought together 100+ companies from all over the world, interested in working in the Russian greenhouse industry. The list of participants included the world leading companies such as Signify, Prins…

Heatwave is keeping European growers busy

Record temperatures in Europe! For several weeks, it has been very hot and dry in many parts of the continent. Both records in drought and in temperature are being broken and the weather is keeping growers - in the open field in particular - very busy. (Source picture: Bundes deutscher Baumschulen (BdB)…


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