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Colombian hydrangeas: An interesting expanding industry

Hydrangeas are the 5th most important export flower of Colombia in terms of value and the 2nd in terms of production area. 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, France, Malaysia, Qatar.....

US: Millennials embracing houseplants a top trend in 2017

Holly Wilding and Ryan Krauze estimate they have nearly 30 plants in their house in Summerville.“I love my indoor plants,” says the 30-year-old Wilding. “I started buying them about a year ago and we just love bringing life to our house.”Krauze, who gravitates toward planting Japanese maples outdoors, says.....

US: Gen Z and Millennials expected to increase holiday spending

Most experts are calling for a robust holiday shopping season this year — and a new national survey indicates young adults (18- to 24-years-old) could lead the charge, metaphorically and literally, to increase spending.“As Gen Z and Millennials gets older, their purchasing power increases, and the rise in.....
Agrocheck:

"Be aware of Romanian crooks"

On the IFTF fair in Holland AgroCheck talked to many farms, exporters and other authorities. "That was very useful and we found out that one of our well known East European crooks is active at the moment to source flowers (mainly roses) in South America.", they say in their latest newsletter. "Actually we.....

Expo 2020 Dubai’s key focus on investments in natural greens

A growing focus on creating sustainable cities for healthier living environments - one of the main agendas under the sustainability theme of Expo 2020 Dubai - is attracting multibillion-dollar investments in urban landscaping and horticulture across the UAE and the Middle East. Dubai, for example, has.....

Korean-bred roses turn royalty payer into exporter

After a decade of cultivation, Korea's royalty payments for roses have been reduced from nearly seven million U.S. dollars to about 2.5 million dollars.The most popular varieties at home and abroad include the thornless Deep Purple, Ice Wing, Pink Beauty and Sunshine.The Rural Development Administration.....

UK: HTA gives evidence at EFRA Committee hearing on Brexit

The hopes and concerns of the garden industry post-Brexit were made clear to Westminster representatives at a Select Committee Inquiry on 15 November, and to 19 parliamentarians at a joint dinner, held by the APPGHG and EFRA Select Committee on 23 October at the House of Lords.HTA Director of Horticulture,.....

CAN (ON): Fall economic statement brings mixed bag for agriculture

Small business tax cuts and a reaffirmation of the fast-tracked minimum wage hike were highlights of Ontario’s fall economic statement released on November 14, 2017. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) notes three elements of the economic statement that are most relevant and have the most potential.....

India: Demonetisation leaves growers in the lurch

Keshu Singh Patel, 56, was nowhere to be seen at Indore’s flower market on November 7, 2017, 364 days after the government’s decision to invalidate Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. Repeated calls to his cell phone by a reporter were answered with the message: “The number you are dialling is switched off.”On the.....

ICEX study:

The market of landscaping and nurseries in Morocco

In recent years the production, and above all the use of ornamental plants grown in nurseries and bulbs and roots for their production is a trend on the rise in Morocco.The country increasingly demand professionals and products in the areas of ornamental plants in nursery and landscape professionals.....

Ethiopia: Unrest in Oromia Region leads to worker shortage

A conflict between the Oromia Region and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNPR) in Ethiopia on Sunday resulted in unrest in the Oromia Region over the last days. Fortunately, the situation is improving, but it is affecting rose farms in this area as they are dealing with worker.....

Dutch grower finds new markets for lisianthus

The Russians like them two-tone, the Scandinavians in shades of blue, the British in light pink and the Germans in a variety of colours: lisianthus, also known as prairie gentian due to their origins in North America. With their slim, twisted leaf buds, they are one of the most attractive and finest cut.....

Ireland invests millions in horticulture industry

Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with special responsibility for Horticulture, announced the opening of the 2018 Scheme of Investment Aid for the Development of the Commercial Horticulture Sector.Launching the Scheme Minister Doyle said “I am.....

South Africa: No blossoms for flower business

High hopes of King Shaka International Airport and Dube Tradeport boosting the cut flower industry are fading like the falling petals of a dying rose.Yet, Dube TradePort Special Economic Zone CEO, Hamish Erskine said the TradePort has certainly played a role in growing KwaZulu-Natal’s perishable export.....

Kenya’s approach to sustainability

Sustainable plant and flower production is vital as consumers want to purchase with a clear conscience. They want as little damage to the environment as possible and fair wages and labour conditions for the workers. How do you do that?Kenya Flower Council CEO Jane Ngige spoke to Royal FloraHolland about the.....

1-800-Flower.com now available via the Google Assistant

1-800-Flowers.com announced that customers can soon enjoy the ease and convenience of ordering floral gifts, and select gourmet food offerings, directly via the Google Assistant. A quick menu of gifting categories allows on-the-go customers to select gifts and place orders, for delivery nationwide, using the.....

Rabobank:

"Plenty of opportunities to flourish in Dutch floriculture"

How does the Dutch floriculture sector look like in 2027? In this publication you will read what the expectations for entrepreneurs are in terms of consumer behavior, changes in the world market and developments in the supply chain. This will help you to recognize the opportunities for a flourishing future.....

UK: Value of flowers and plants increased while overall value of crops fell

In a report that was published by the UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, the first estimate of total income from farming in England and each of the English regions for 2016 were presented. These statistics show the trends in total income from farming and the contribution that the.....

Kenyan union denies flower firms relocating to Ethiopia

Kenya's plantation union on Monday denied reports that flower farmers are relocating to Ethiopia due to frequent labor unrest in the east African nation.Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) Assistant General Secretary Meshack Khisa rejected reports made by county officials as alarmist and.....

figures from VGB, Royal FloraHolland, Veiling Rhein-Maas

Growth in Dutch, German flower and plant exports

Until the end of September, the export value of flowers and plants from the Netherlands has climbed 6% to almost € 4.7 billion. Trends like a stronger spread over more countries, faster growth in flowers and the sharp increase to Germany, are continuing. This is determined by VGB and Floridata based on.....

Myanmar flower growers squeezed by imports from China

Commercial flower growers are being squeezed by imports from China and there are allegations that Chinese nationals are selling blooms wholesale at a Yangon market.The rainy season has almost ended and winter will arrive in the coming weeks. Over the last weeks, most of Myanmar were preparing to celebrate.....

EFTA and Ecuador make progress towards FTA

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) states and Ecuador held their fourth round of negotiations on a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) on October 9-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.According to EFTA, expert working groups discussed a long list of draft texts in the areas of trade in goods,.....

Video: John Hardcastle talks about successful stories

In this video, John Hardcastle talks about what it takes to run one of the most successful wholesale flower businesses in London. He's worked at Bloomfield for more than a decade, and on the Flower Market since he was a young boy. This is a man who knows more than a thing or two about flowers.Source: New.....

Kenya: Concern as flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia

Prolonged labour disputes and high cost of production are driving flower farmers out of the country, players have said.According to Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui, unending strikes by workers agitating for higher pay against the backdrop of a shrinking market had seen flower farmers relocate to Ethiopia.The.....

Dutch police raids greenhouses in heroin investigation

A large heroin production facility has been discovered by Dutch police during a raid in the Westland and Oostland area. The heroin was produced at an automobile repair shop and several greenhouse companies were involved in the criminal activities. The greenhouses were used for the cultivation of bell peppers.....

Suntory Flowers introduces blue rose Applause

Blue roses do not come out of the blue

After over 20 years of breeding, testing and propagating, Japanese breeder Suntory Flowers succeeded in putting a new color rose on the market. It was launched mid-September and the first flowers have been shipped out from Maxiflores, a farm in Colombia, to Fresca Farms, which will exclusively supply the.....

"AIPH Congress growth demonstrates changes in ornamental industry"

Around 100 delegates from 27 different countries participated in the 69th Annual Congress of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) that took place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei on 26-29 September. The Congress, hosted by TFDA Chinese Taipei and Taichung City Government, incorporated a.....

Tanzania: Horticultural exports generated $642M in 2016

In 2016, Tanzanian horticultural exports were valued at $642 million, up 17.8% compared to the year before ($545 million), thecitizen reported. In parallel, horticulture has contributed to 43% of export earnings, confirming its position as the sub-sector of activity with the fastest growth rate in the.....

Ethiopia's central bank devalues currency by 15 percent

Ethiopia’s central bank devalued the Ethiopian birr by 15 percent on Tuesday, its first such move in seven years to boost lagging exports.Reuters reports that the birr was quoted by the National Bank of Ethiopia at a weighted average of 23.4177 against the dollar on Monday, compared to what will be.....

Selma van der Beek, Waterdrinker:

"Green plants are not just a trend"

Waterdrinker has a reputation of being a cradle of new and special varieties and innovative concepts. The company strives for everyone to have a pleasant and healthy environment with flowers and plants. “Consumers like green plants. We’re constantly busy trying to meet their needs”, says Selma van der Beek,.....

India: Floriculture estate likely to come up at Sirvoi

Setting the ball rolling to establish a floriculture estate in the state, officials of the agriculture department will soon inspect a tract of land at Sirvoi in Quepem taluka, which has been suggested by the government for the project.The agriculture department has proposed to set up a floriculture estate on.....

USDA helping growers build success with new technology

Everyone loves that burst of flavor you get when you eat a fresh fruit or vegetable. But we often don’t think about all the research, propagating, and growing by plant breeders that happens prior to giving us that great food experience. Plant breeders work hard to develop new varieties, which are crucial to.....

Factsheet Agriculture in Vietnam

An indepth analysis of development in the Vietnam agriculture sector done by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, including Business opportunities and how the Embassy/CG can support.The importance of improving Vietnam's agricultural system along all parts of the value chain is growing.....

UK: Up to 40% capital grant for irrigation reservoir

Interested in a 40% capital grant for an irrigation reservoir?Water Resource Management grants are to improve farm productivity through more efficient use of water for irrigation, and to secure water supplies for crop irrigation by constructing on-farm reservoirs and related systems.The RPA and EA are.....

US (MO): Flower imports delayed after hurricanes

Flower customers in St. Louis may see a slight spike in pricing in the coming weeks because flower shops and distributors are short on supplies. The delay in flower imports to St. Louis is being caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria. Eighty-five percent of the flowers imported into the U.S......

Nepal: Flower imports on the wane as production rises

Nepal is gradually becoming self-sufficient in flowers.According to Dilip Bade, senior vice president of Floriculture Association of Nepal (FAN), import of flowers is falling in recent years, thanks to the rise in flower production.The demand for flowers like chrysanthemum, marigold and globe amaranth.....

US: Hurricanes, marijuana affecting local florists

For many people, the first thought upon receiving flowers is typically who sent them and why, knowing only that the bouquet came from a local florist.Thought isn’t always given to where the flower grew — where it was tended until it was ready to be plucked and shipped away to the florist — until that.....

US (CA): CCFC Farmer Directory connects you to domestic growers

This year’s hurricanes put a fine point on the need for domestic flower production. The storms and their aftermaths left many wholesalers nationwide scrambling to find domestic sources of flowers and foliage while the Port of Miami remained closed.And since recoveries from these storms take a bit of time,.....

Gerhard van der Bijl wins Digital Transformers Award 2017

Gerhard van der Bijl, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Information Officer at Royal FloraHolland, is the winner of the Digital Transformers Award 2017.This annual award is presented to a talented person who has played a special, meaningful role in the digital transformation of companies. Along with Gerhard,.....

New Zealand: Water hyacinth sale on Facebook ends in court

A Yarriambiack Shire woman has been given a 12-month good behaviour undertaking by the Hopetoun Magistrates Court for attempting to sell the aquatic weed water hyacinth on Facebook.The woman was accused of trying to sell the plants on her Facebook page – badging them as pond plants.Agriculture Victoria.....

European young florists discuss state of the industry

Bring 10 young florists from all over Europe together at the table and have them speak their minds on the state of the industry. What issues occupy them the most? What risks and opportunities do they see? That simple premise was the foundation for Florint’s recent European Young Florist Conference, held in.....

export and cargo flights on the rise

Proflora: Colombian flower industry on the up and up

The growth of the Colombian floriculture industry is remarkable, but it's the country's potential growth that really turns heads. That becomes clear when visiting Proflora. The biennial exhibition started a bit slow yesterday since many visitors took the opportunity to visit some farms in the morning - but.....

"Private sector key to raising value of intra-Africa trade"

Trade among African countries is alive and growing, expanding to about 16 per cent in 2014 from 10 per cent in 2000, according to recent data from economists at the African Development Bank (AfDB).Despite this modest improvement, the volume of intra-Africa trade is a paltry $2 trillion when juxtaposed.....

India: Scientists explore commercial use of Kaas plateau flowers

Five years after it became part of the Unesco World Natural Heritage Site, the Kaas plateau flowers are all set to undergo a study for their commercial values. The Directorate of Floricultural Research will study the plateau’s floral density to pick up the species that can be put into commercial use.Sharing.....

Australia: Research shows more businesses implementing ‘buy local’ policies

The majority of Australian businesses now have a policy or preference for buying Australian-made goods wherever possible, according to independent research released by the Australian Made Campaign.The report on the purchasing habits of the commercial sector reveals nearly three quarters (74.4%) of Australian.....

Value of Colombian flower exports could reach US$ 1.4 billion in 2017

Sales of Colombian flowers this year could be worth US$ 1.4 billion; an increase of about 8%, as estimated by the president of Asocolflores, Augusto Solano.He reported that the main market is the United States, followed by Europe and Japan, among others. According to the trade union leader, the need to give.....

US: New floral purchasing study reveals data on flower-buying consumers

AFE and SAF announce the release of the Floral Purchase Tracking Study.Formally called the Consumer Tracking Study, the last study of this kind was conducted in 2005, the last of an annual study that started in 1992.AFE and SAF partnered together to provide a study that is packed full of substantial data.....

Taiwan: Flower Auction Markets Group officially launched

Representatives from flower auction markets from six countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Taichung Saturday to establish the Flower Auction Markets Group, an international alliance that will help boost sales of flowers from member countries worldwide.Representatives from Taiwan, the.....

"Mix and Match will continue to be a significant trend"

“This trend is not new, but every year we witness a growth in demand for high quality and well synchronized combinations. At first, these combinations were chosen by trial and error at the grower’s level. In the past few years, breeders identified the need, and are now offering more and more readymade.....

Australia: Information on the levy reform process

If you pay the nursery industry pot levy then this article will be of interest to you. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources are conducting a levy reform process aimed at increasing flexibility in the agricultural levy system. The process is being driven by three issues:"Sunsetting" of levy.....

India: Bathukamma celebration turns costly as flower prices skyrocket

Flower festival Bathukamma has seen a sharp rise in the prices of all flowers like Jasmine, Marigold, Lily and Hibiscus. Ahead of the Dasara festival on Saturday, the prices have soared so much that almost all the flowers are selling at double the normal price with that of Jasmine and Kanakambra touching the.....

"Chinese flower fields industry still has far to go"

Since 2012, the flower fields market has sprung up, and played a vital role in the transformation of floriculture as well as the promotion of floral tourism. However, profit making is a daunting task due to the blind imitation and lack of innovation.Mr. Wang Fachang, the President of China Flower Sea BBS,.....

UK: Bransford Webbs pleased with first Proven Winners year

The Bransford Webbs Plant Company has had a successful first year supplying Proven Winners shrubs to the UK garden centre market. For the first time, all plants were sold in white branded Proven Winners pots, with new style bespoke labels and POS.Proven Winners is the no. 1 selling brand in the US,.....

India: Karnataka State plans online flower auctions

The Karnataka government may introduce online trading for flower auctions from January 2018 beginning with the International Flower Auction Bangalore (IFAB).Agriculture Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said Karnataka has the highest number of farmers engaged in flower production.The government aims to convert the.....

Zimbabwe: Targeted horticulture projects for selected irrigation sites soon

The government of Zimbabwe is set to introduce targeted horticulture projects at selected irrigation sites in an effort to revive fruit, flowers and vegetable production in the Midlands province.In an interview, Midlands Provincial Agritex Officer Mrs Medlinah Magwenzi said her department had already started.....

Brad Markham:

"The growing problem with New Zealand's floriculture industry"

In the first week of this month, New Zealand exported 140,000 stems of cymbidium orchids. Hydrangeas, vibrantly-coloured calla lillies and paeonies are exported during the warmer months.New Zealand exported cut flowers to 38 countries last year. Japan is traditionally their largest market.Cut flower and.....

UK: It's all about succulents and Instagram

Radio 4's consumer affairs programme You and Yours, broadcast on 7th September covered the increasing interest and sales of succulents and cacti.In recent months we've seen that houseplants have become very trendy again after many years when they have been mostly absent from our homes. There have been many.....

New Zealand: Flower exporters glad fuel crisis almost over

Flower exporters say it will take some time to recover from the airline fuel shortage, which has lost them business.The pipeline between the Northland refinery and Auckland ruptured 10 days ago, forcing airlines to drastically cut back use, and often prioritise passengers over freight.That made it difficult.....

Hurricane, volcano, pilot strikes... can it get worse?

American flower flights take triple hit

What do a hurricane, a volcano and a group of pilots have in common? They all make a big mess of the Southern American flight schedules - and it's no joke. The floral industry has hardly recovered from the consequences of Hurricane Irma, and already volcano El Reventador in Ecuador and the pilot strike in.....

Kenya: Competition rises as second pyrethrum firm gets permit

The Pyrethrum Directorate has licensed a second privately-owned processing firm, boosting competition in the industry that was liberalised four years ago.The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) said Orion EPZ has been issued with a permit to produce, process and export pyrethrum products even as three other.....

Royal FloraHolland hosts study trip to Turkey

Royal FloraHolland is organising a study trip to Turkey from 9 to 13 October 2017. Turkish floriculture entrepreneurs are looking for professional production partners to conquer the enormous sales market.The study trip is part of the Turkey-Eurasia programme and looks at the developing Turkish growth market......

US: Michigan's first local wholesale flower market opens in Ann Arbor

The Michigan Flower Growers' Cooperative is opening its weekly wholesale market to the public 8 a.m. Wednesday at Passionflower on 2401 South Industrial Highway, Ann Arbor.According to the Co-op, growers struggle to break into the wholesale market because buyers can easily order flowers online from anywhere.....

Results from new floral purchase tracking study coming soon

Dating back to 1992, AFE has periodically conducted survey research in the form of a diary study to understand in greater detail the floral purchases of the public.Formerly called the Consumer Tracking Study and last conducted in 2005, AFE has partnered with the Society of American Florists to revive the.....

India: Focus on floriculture to generate jobs

To access the implementation of schemes under the floriculture sector and to see the achievements of progressive farmers engaged in the floriculture sector and to hear their problems at grassroots level, J&K State Advisory Board for Development of Kissans on Friday arranged a field visit to floriculture.....