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US (OK): Specialty crop grants available

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food & Forestry (ODAFF) announced funding opportunities to enhance the specialty crop industry within the state thanks to the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Services. Eligible applicants.....

Doing business in Uganda and Rwanda

In the last decade Uganda experienced an average economic growth of about 5%. Being one of the leading destinations for Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the East African Community, Uganda offers ample economic and business opportunities. A stable macro-economic policy, a growing internal market and.....

Rosy outlook for Kenya’s flower sector amidst increasing competition

Kenya’s flower industry is adopting high-quality standards to grow its market share and ward off competition from emerging flower-growing countries in an increasingly competitive global market.The internationally and locally defined quality standards are geared towards creating the Kenyan flower brand, says.....

Australian rose growers struggle to compete with imports

A rise in flower imports has been cited as a major thorn in the side of Australian rose growers, whose numbers are dwindling.At the beginning of February last year, more than 5 million roses were imported from overseas for Valentine's day, including record numbers of blooms arriving from Kenya.On the.....

Australian consumers catch on to 'grown not flown' message

Australia's slow flower movement is a late bloomer compared to the global trend, but a new collaboration of micro-farmers hopes to encourage consumers to support the 'grown not flown' philosophy.Flower enthusiast Danielle White founded Consortium Botanicus to bring together small-scale growers in the.....

Record number of roses imported to Australia for Valentine's Day

Australia has imported a record number of roses in the lead-up to Valentine's Day, data from the Department of Agriculture has revealed.More than 10.5 million rose stems were brought into Australia in the two weeks prior to the Valentine's Day.A vast majority of the roses came from Kenya with more than 6.46.....

UK: Earley forecasts 2018/19 color trends

The power of colour trends is growing year-on-year and for 2018/19, colour confidence looks set to grow. Designed to help growers, retailers and landscape designers stay ahead, Earley colour experts have revealed four key trends in the Earley Ornamentals colour trends forecast for 2018/19.Commenting on this.....

Brazil: Demand for flowers takes off

Every year that goes by Brazil loses more and more ground in the international market for flowers, a business that generates US$ 60 billion annually.Exports in 2017 fell to US$ 12.7 million, the lowest level in nearly two decades. To illustrate the magnitude of the reduction, in 2008 Brazil managed to export.....

Michael LoBue, CEO of CalFlowers:

"Let's stop weaponizing flowers for political reasons"

"It seems to happen around every flower holiday – flowers are weaponized by protectionists and they drag out the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) as the reason domestic flower growers have been harmed over the past quarter century. While this narrative is comforting to some, it’s not the complete story......

The implications of Brexit on UK plant science

Universities and other research institutions are concerned that a hard Brexit could seriously damage prospects for UK agri-science. One recent example involves notification to Cambridge-based plant science body NIAB that future EU variety testing contracts commissioned directly by the Community Plant Variety.....

Ethiopia: Three-day strike in Oromia region leads to worker shortage

There has been a three-day strike in the Oromia Region in Ethiopia and it has come to an end yesterday. It led to a shortage of workers in all business areas, including the floriculture industry. Fortunately, the strikes are over and companies are back in business today. Rose growersFloralDaily.com spoke.....

Hivos: "13 cents makes a fair price for bunch of roses possible"

NL: Female rap group fights for living wage African flower pickers

"Many of the roses that are sold in the Netherlands come from East Africa and the tens of thousands of women who work there do not get a living wage. This means that currently a fair price isn’t being paid for roses," says Hivos, an NGO that is seeking attention for the working conditions in countries where.....

Kenya: Double taxation a hurdle for the flower sector

According to the Kenya Flower Council, while the industry has been performing relatively well, there have been emerging issues on payment of horticultural cess in major flower growing areas which is hurting flower farms.While the country has been experiencing dry weather patterns, Kenya Flower Council CEO.....

Hong Kong florists see interest for blooms fade ahead of Lunar New Year

While Lunar New Year decorations typically include plants and flowers that symbolise luck and good fortune, florists in Hong Kong expect overall sales to droop compared to last year, with some estimating earnings to fall by up to 30 per cent.Those who spoke to the Post attributed the drop to dwindling.....

Canada: Will marijuana push out flower production?

Inexpensive flowering plants, like these Phalaenopsis orchids, are currently grown in Ontario greenhouses. But Sonia Day at the Toronto Star asks whether that will change."Marijuana is moving in. Big time. So here’s something to ponder: Will a flood of prolific easy-to-grow pot mean fewer exciting plants for.....

"Agriculture is a pillar of Kenya's economy"

Kenya’s drive to become a newly industrialised upper middle-income country is enshrined in Vision 2030. The achievement of this target is driven by a series of five-year medium term plans.The third medium plan will strive to move the economy towards achieving 10 per cent from the current 6 per cent economic.....

Prince & Prince:

"44 million US households to make floral purchases for Valentine's Day"

Prince & Prince has released a projection for the number of U.S. households making a floral purchase for Valentine's Day 2018, and the total retail value of that holiday floral purchasing. Valentine's Day is Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, and on this day, nearly 44 million U.S. households (43.8 M) will.....

202020 Vision: greening Australian cities together

The entire horticultural industry of Australia cooperating in 202020 Vision and greening all Australian cities. This is quite ambitious as 202020 Vision wants to expand Australian urban green space 20% by the year 2020.202020 Vision started in 2014 and has come a long way. The greatest achievement is.....

Germany: Bavarian experts discuss master craftsman training

How can more young people be enthused to undertake training to become a master craftsman in horticulture in the future? The trainers at the ‘Trainer and Trainee’ day in Landshut discussed this topic. There has been a reduction countrywide in the number of trainees in floriculture.In the horticulture business.....

Royal FloraHolland sees €4.7 billion turnover increase

Royal FloraHolland is closing 2017 with a turnover of 4.7 billion euro. This is a 1.2% increase on the previous year. This increase in turnover is due to higher prices of flowers and plants (+3.9% average) and a smaller delivery (-1.8%).In 2017, Royal FloraHolland traded in 12 billion products in total. The.....

Green stylist Romeo Sommers highlights trends for 2018

Social changes are having growing influences on how end consumers react to products and services. Increasing importance is being attached not only to quality and function but also to other factors. At hortivation 2018, the green stylist and trendwatcher Romeo Sommers will outline what trends are emerging.....

US: "Red poinsettias still rule"

Christmas color trends may change, and Ultra Violet is the shade of the year, but when it comes to poinsettias — red remained the top seller for retail florists during the Christmas holiday season.More than 90 percent of respondents to a Society of American Florists’ post-holiday survey said 21 percent or.....

Dutch Lily grower Marcel van der Voort of Van Schie Potlelies

"France is a big market for Magny Cours"

Van Schie Potlelies, based in Honselersijk, produces about 25 different varieties of lilies in pots and in cut flower. Just over 2 years ago, Magny Cours arrived at the greenhouse in Molenbroeklaan. Magny Cours is an Oriental potted lily and was originally developed by breeding company Mak Breeding and.....

EFSA publishes trends autumn/winter 2018-19

EFSA, the European Floral and Lifestyle Product Suppliers Association announces the publication of the colour and style trends for the season Autumn/Winter 2018-19. For the first time, EFSA will launch the official Trend Magazine at IPM ESSEN, the world's leading fair for horticulture from January 23-26. The.....

US: Two-thirds of florists predict strong Valentine’s Day sales

According to a recent Society of American Florists’ survey, about 67 percent of florists predict an increase in Valentine’s Day sales this year, when the holiday falls on a Wednesday, compared to last year, when sweethearts celebrated on a Tuesday.Thirty percent of respondents expect 2018 returns to be about.....

India: Helping floriculture bloom in Wayanad

An interactive session on export-oriented floriculture at the Regional Agricultural Research Station (RARS) at Ambalavayal stressed the need for guiding farmers properly in floriculture.Addressing the gathering, Planning Board vice chairman V.K. Ramachandran said the government had initiated efforts to.....

High freight rates, devastating mood swings of Mother Nature

Logistical challenges for US growers

Freight rates have been a hot topic in the floriculture and perishable industry across the United States recently. Growers have expressed their concerns about having to pay high rates to get their products to the market. Tough regulations and a shortage of truck drivers are the major causes for the high.....

"Winter of discontent for Indian flower farmers"

Production of flowers and vegetables, including jasmine, tuberose, brinjal and tomato, has fallen due to winter, say farmers and traders in Coimbatore.The farmers said the dip in jasmine is a regular phenomenon in winter as the yield falls in an acre from 25kg a day to 5kg. "But this year the winter mist has.....

UK: Wyevale Nurseries landscape & amenity sales up by 20%

Wyevale Nurseries has recently announced that its landscape/amenity sales were up 20% year-on-year from July 2017 to the end of December 2017.Wyevale Nurseries’ sales have been driven by a number of factors and one being the continued growth in a number of key sectors including housing, education, leisure.....

Fellowships to bring international knowledge to Australia’s nursery industry

Nursery industry participants have the chance to travel to other countries and learn new information, technology and skills to benefit the Australian industry.Hort Innovation has partnered with the Churchill Trust to offer three Churchill Fellowships annually for the next four years, each valued at around.....

UK: Garden industry welcomes Defra 25-Year Environment Plan

There are a lot of actions which will benefit horticulture and suggestions of working together to improve the industry in the Government’s ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’.The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) welcomes many of the actions in the plan, including the creation.....

India: Spring festival to give floriculture a boost

The Annual Vasantotsav (Spring Festival) will be held at the Raj Bhawan on February 24 and 25. At a meeting chaired by Governor Krishan Kant Paul to review preparations for the event, it was stated that a special postal cover will be released on Jambu (Allium Auriulatum), a medicinal plant found in high.....

Floridata & VGB:

'Dutch export growth likely to continue'

With an increase of almost 5%, the Dutch exporters of flowers and plants have narrowly exceeded the record limit of € 6 billion in 2017. This year they expect another increase, the VGB and Floridata report. "Indeed more moderate, because the growth in 2017 was decreasing. But the outlook is permanently.....

greenhouses evacuated

Storm in the Netherlands: Gakon becomes "On Projects"

A storm hit the Dutch office of greenhouse builder Gakon quite hard this morning. "A gust of 119 km per hour did the job. Ourfaçade was blown out, and our new logo also had to pay for it", says Olaf Mos from Gakon.Now there is only a small part of the slogan remaining. "On Projects", the building says. "The.....

Rwanda: Flower firm targets local market to increase revenue

Rwanda’s flagship floriculture project, Bella Flowers, is looking to increase export earnings threefold on the back of increased acreage. Gopal Patil, the Bella Flowers farm manager and acting CEO, said the firm is targeting to produce an average of 100,000 stems of cut roses per day for the local and export.....

Can Singapore's orchid industry bloom again?

Amid a sharp slump in the global orchid trade and daunting local conditions, farmers here hope to chart their future with the National Parks Board (NParks) to ensure that the celebrated native flora can continue to blossom.Local orchid production fell to a 10-year low in 2016, according to most recent.....

Fabian Philippart, FleurAfrica:

Kenya: "Valentine's Day will be better than last year"

Valentine's Day (February 14) is less than a month away, and the preparations at flower growers are in full swing - at Kenyan rose farm FleurAfrica as well. According to Managing Director Fabian Philippart, it will be better than last year. "The weather conditions and the exchange rates are more favorable.....
Ventura County’s top 10 crops:

US (CA): Nursery stock ranks third, cut flowers eight

Ventura County’s top 10 crops in 2016 were the same as in 2015. Strawberries continue to dominate local agriculture with a total gross value of $654,902,000, followed by lemons, $266,977,000; nursery stock, $206,840,000; celery, $202,363,000; raspberries, $171,163,000; avocados, $129,000,000; peppers,.....

Jürgen von den Driesch, Brandkamp:

Europe: 'Broad range of chrysanthemums boosts demand'

The market for chrysanthemums is very different across the globe. When just looking within Europe one can notice clear differences, not only regarding the production areas, but regarding the end consumer's preferences too. In order to meet these different preferences breeders are continuously working on new.....

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed:

"Kenya to step up efforts to access South African market"

Kenya has intensified efforts to enhance access to the South African market, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has said.Speaking Thursday in Durban, South Africa ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s arrival for a working visit, Ms Amina said Kenya seeks to attract the country’s investors as part.....

Statistics: Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Japan cut flowers: decreasing production, increasing exports

Japan is a large cut flower producing country, but it decreased over the last years. The main reason for this decrease is the drop in number of commercial farm households and an increase in imports of flowers. Interestingly, the export value of cut flowers increased and particularly to the United States. By.....

"Most flower companies in Kenya don't pay taxes there"

"Kenya is one of the largest flower exporters to Europe. Despite this, most flower companies in Kenya do not pay taxes in Kenya", argues Catherine Ngina Mutava, associate director of Strathmore University’s Tax Research Centre in Nairobi, in a column at Development and Cooperation."Foreign owners, who mostly.....

Kenya moves to secure post-Brexit trade deals with the UK

Kenya has initiated informal bilateral talks with Britain as it seeks to establish a new trade deal to protect its exports to the European market now that Brexit will likely affect duty free access of Kenyan goods to the country.Trade Principal Secretary, Chris Kiptoo, says though the UK will be officially.....

FloraHolland market information: less supply at Christmas

In the period of December 4 - 31, the turnover amounted to almost €303 million. The average price in the run up to Christmas was comparable to last year's. The supply was down by 5%, however. That's why the turnover declined by 5%.In this period we experienced the onset of wintry conditions in the.....

Zimbabwe: Government targets EU market for flowers

Following concerns raised by horticulture and floriculture farmers, the government of Zimbabwe has committed itself to re-engage the European markets and facilitate partnership and contract farming for local farmers, as well as offering financial support.In an interview, Lands, Agriculture and Rural.....

Europe gears up for tulip season

There is a lot of tulip news. Flower Council Holland has assigned January as month of the tulip, growers are making a lot of noise for the product on social media and, it seems, the demand is getting started earlier every year. And although the marketing slogan says 'Christmas tree out, houseplant in',.....

UK: Record breaking growth for Farplants’ Christmas offering

Farplants’ 2017 Christmas campaign has seen a 68% increase in sales over November and December. The West Sussex plant wholesaler introduced 11 new ranges this year, which includes for the first time, pot grown Christmas trees.The Farplants Christmas selection combined 2017’s must-have trends with traditional.....

US: SAF member talks regulations with decision-makers

“Groups working together can make a difference.”That was a major takeaway for Jamie Kitz, key account manager with Sakata Ornamentals in Salinas, California, who represented her company and the floral industry at two key meetings last month in Washington, D.C.Kitz, a member of the Society of American.....

Hong Kong: Flower prices shoot up after typhoons

Lunar New Year flowers could cost 20 percent more, according to vendors.Raymond Kwok Pak-tung, a seller who has rented four stalls for next month's Lunar New Year Fair in Victoria Park, said most flowers will be more expensive, and a 10-foot peach blossom will cost more than double at HK$38,000 (4,800.....

Dr. Charlie Hall will dig deeper into industry's margin structure

US: What's happening to profit margins?

VIDEO Grower input costs like energy, fertilizer, labor, and trucking have risen over the past 10 years, while the prices we charge for plant products haven’t necessarily kept up. Compared to 2007, costs have increased by 21.7 percent. As a result, profit margins have slowly been "squeezed", making it harder for.....

Governor P Sathasivam:

India: "Each family should take up floriculture"

Thiruvananthapuram: Governor P Sathasivam said that each family should take up floriculture. He said this while inaugurating the 'Vasantholsavam 2018' organized as part of Loka Kerala Sabha at Kanakakkunnu on Sunday."Global market requires around 90 crore orchid flowers. However, our country could contribute.....

Dibrugarh debuts with flowers

India: Event to boost trade, help farmers

Assam agriculture minister Atul Bora on Thursday said the fifth Assam International Agri-Horti Show 2018, opening on Friday, will play an important role in the agricultural sector of the state.Chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the event at Chowkidinghee playground at 11am. Arunachal Pradesh.....

Liliana Rodriguez, Agricola Circasia and Vuelven

Colombia: Growers optimistic about Valentine's Day

It is 2018 and cut rose growers are preparing for one of their major sales periods of the year, namely Valentine’s Day. Also for Colombian rose grower Agricola Circasia Valentine’s Day is an important day and Circasia’s Sales Manager Liliana Rodriguez is very optimistic about this year's sales. "It will fall.....

13th International Flora Expo 2018

"Nursery industry shines at blossoming international floriculture trade"

The 13th International Flora Expo is ready to add new shades to the blossoming International Floriculture Trade. The event will be held from 23rd - 25th February 2018 at the Hindustan Antibiotic Exhibition Ground in Pimpri - Chinchwad in Pune, India. The exhibition will convey to a large number of global.....

Parfum Flower Company:

Top 10 roses of 2017

2017 is a wrap. Parfum Flower Company collected all their data of 2017 and that resulted in a top 10 of roses. These ten varieties are not just the ones that were sold the most, but also liked and looked at the most.10. Peony PinkThe Scented Premium Garden Rose ‘Peony Pink’ has a peony shaped flower and a.....

Tammo Hoeksema, Ornamental Growers Group

"25% annual production growth Mexican phalaenopsis"

The phalaenopsis supply in Mexico will grow by at least 25 percent per year in the coming years, Tammo Hoeksema from Ornamental Growers Group expects. "As long as quality remains sufficient, that is not a problem for the market", he observes. Also because of this, the company is starting a collaboration.....

CAN (ON): Minimum wage is now $14 an hour

People across Ontario will see their wages rise to $14 an hour as the new general minimum wage takes effect. This change will help workers and their families who are struggling to get ahead in a changing economy. As part of Ontario's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, the minimum wage will increase.....

Nigeria: Tin Can records 150% increase in agro exports

A total of 161,285.72 metric tonnes of agricultural products were exported through Tin Can Island Port in 2017, representing over 150 per cent increase from the 55,000 metric tonnes processed through the port in 2016.The Area Controller, Nigeria Customs Service, Tin Can Island Port Command, Yusuf Bashar, who.....

Our 10 most read articles of 2017

The new year has started, but before looking forward to what 2018 has to offer, we would like to reflect on 2017. What were the most popular news articles? Which were the most read articles? Below an overview.1. American flower flights take triple hit2017 has been a challenging year for the US flower.....

Ecuador: Flowers duty increases

Flowers from Ecuador cost more to import in 2018 due to the GSP expiration.For those who are not aware GSP or General System of Preferences is how exporting countries like Ecuador, in this case, are able to ship certain flowers into the US duty free. Roses are the exception as they currently are assessed a.....

US (MI): Sustaining the economic viability of farm operations

Often times we hear from farms that they feel many individuals that are not reliant on farming for their livelihood, forget about the aspect of economic sustainability. “If our farm is not economically sustainable (making a profit and cash flow), it won’t matter how sustainable we are in other areas”. It is.....

US: Grants for Indiana's specialty crops

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) awarded more than $400,000 to six projects aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of Indiana's specialty crops, funded through USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and.....

Kenya, UAE vow to boost trade ties

Chris Kiptoo, the Ministry of Trade Principal Secretary told a media briefing in Nairobi that areas with investment potential for UAE investors include the construction, manufacturing, livestock, fisheries and agriculture, water and irrigation, infrastructure and tourism sectors.“These are some of the.....

Harley Eskelund of Rosa ApS looks back on 2017:

Denmark: "An excellent year for pot roses"

Large flowers and high quality seems to characterize the 2017 sales of pot roses. According to Harley Eskelund, director and owner of Rosa ApS greenhouse company in Denmark, 2017 has been a good year with rising demand, particularly for the high pot roses with large flowers. When looking back at the year,.....

US: Florida’s ag, natural resources industries strengthened post-recession

New financial figures from Florida’s agricultural and natural resources sector show that the state’s economy continues to rebound from the Great Recession of 2007-2009.In calendar year 2015, Florida’s agricultural, natural resources and food industries provided $132.04 billion in value-added contributions to.....

David Quesada, Inverpalmas:

Colombia: "It wasn't a bad year at all"

Hurricane Irma has made 2017 a challenging year for South American growers and US importers. However, when looking back at the entire year and comparing it with 2016, several growers still see an overall growth. Colombian rose, carnation and mini carnation grower David Quesada of Inverpalmas, for example,.....

Bill Calkins, Ball Seed:

US: "Growers and retailers pleased with 2017"

"Many growers and retailers were not only pleased with the weather in the different areas of the country this year, but they were with the new products on the market as well. For spring 2018, growers are already seeing strong orders coming in and that often means that it has been a good year", says Bill.....

Artificial flowers industry develops in China

Located in the remotest mountainous region of Ningxia, Qianzhuang Village used to be one of the most underdeveloped areas in whole of China. Local authorities tried very hard to eliminate poverty. With the help of a company from coastal developed areas, a factory making artificial flowers was built here in.....

Fleurizon's Frank de Greef on what plants did well

'A good year across the board'

The year is coming to an end and for FloralDaily's last edition of 2017, Frank de Greef of Fleurizon is looking back at the year. This US broker, who imports starting materials from all over the world and mainly ships them into the USA and Europe, is enthusiastic about the year and gives us an overview of what.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas:

Assortment and Import Management – 2017 in review

The Assortment and Import Management looks back to a very successful year 2017. The amount of sold imported cut flowers has increased by 2.45 percent compared to 2016. The daily work of the Assortment and Import Management ensures that there is always a deep and wide assortment of imported cut flowers.....

Azerbaijan to enter world flower oil market

Over the past two years, the areas of rose cultivation have increased in different regions of Azerbaijan, especially in Zagatala and Balakan. Even during the Soviet times, these regions were famous for floral fragrance production.The Rose Lubricant Production Plant of AzRose LLC, which is under construction in.....

Christian Schwartz, Gartneriet Rønbæk

Europe: Phalaenopsis growers at a loss what to do

"Usually, Christmas time is quite good for phalaenopsis sales, but this year it is worse than ever", says Danish phalaenopsis grower Christian Schwartz of Gartneriet Rønbæk. According to him, there is no demand for phalaenopsis in Europe and growers are at a loss on what to do. Low demand"November and.....

How flowers can impact your health

It’s no secret that we know the ins and outs to every part of the equation to growing quality plants and blooms. However, even after we have analyzed the ratios of ingredients to mix the perfect fertilizer or mastered the ideal watering system, we might still be surprised to find out that our beloved plants.....