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NL: "Bulb growers are increasingly exporting themselves"

"Within our company we are currently very busy with the future. My sons might be interested in joining the company. And of course, we look at the developments around us. Scaling-up is a main topic. We would like to do this as well. In addition, I think that more and more bulb growers themselves are going to.....

"A cooperative is a tool and not a goal in itself"

Eviek is an independent thinker and not afraid to speak her mind. She used to be the horticulture advisor to the Rabobank Westland and knows the horticulture sector inside out. She was there to witness the downfall of The Greenery, the auction for fruit and vegetables.What does she think of the Royal.....

Survey SDF

Survey: Growers happy with Floriday, buyers more negative

By means of a survey, SDF has examined the opinion of growers and traders about the participation of Royal Flora Holland in FloraXchange. The results show that growers are mostly satisfied with the participation in FloraXchange. For buyers, this is exactly the opposite with a majority having a negative.....

ABN AMRO sector report

NL: "Deal proactively with possible consequences of Brexit"

There are approximately 1,500 companies active in the UK that have a Dutch owner.Together, they generate a turnover of about GBP 40 million annually. A multitude of this number of companies has an intensive trade relationship with the UK and is thus exposed to the whims of the foreign exchange markets......

German customers crazy about cacti

They are suitable outdoors as well as indoors, creating a modern, pared-down ambience in glass containers, or an exotically Mexican holiday mood in colourful planters. They look fantastic on the balcony, the terrace or the window sill. And they are completely on-trend as an alternative to traditional floral.....

NL: Drop in turnover due to low price for cut flowers

In the period from June 19 through July 15, the turnover was down 4% compared with last year. The biggest cause was a lower price for cut flowers.The average price for cut flowers of 21 cents is still above the long-term average. The price last year lay around 24 cents. This year the average price is at a.....

Russian and other Eurasian Economic Union countries' laws changed as of July 1 2017

Who is affected by new stricter phytosanitary demands from Russia?

On July 1 the countries united in the Eurasian Economic Union, including the Russian Federation, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, changed their phytosanitary regulations and therefore unified them. It comes down to the fact that for some countries cut flowers not only have to be free of various.....

Lucas Vos, Royal FloraHolland:

"Coming years will be all about growth"

Lucas Vos states that it will be all about growth at Royal FloraHolland these coming years. “It will have a big impact on our organisation. If you want to grow, you have to take into account that the world is globalising and digitalizing."Lucas points to three examples: Amazon, Alibaba and E-bay. They have.....

UK: The personalities behind a famous London flower market

There has been a market on Columbia Road for almost 150 years, and it’s been a go-to East End destination for flower lovers since the middle of the 19th century. These days it’s one of the hottest spots in town, and between the beautiful flowers and plants, the artisan coffee places, the amazing world street.....

Kenyan firm invests in Rwandan flower production

The flower sector in Rwanda is set to register an increase in production following the signing of a partnership deal between a Kenyan investor, Florammat Limited, and Terimberemukoto Farming Cooperative.Under the agreement, the investor and the cooperative agreed to plant an extra 1.5 hectares of land in.....

September 25-29, Taichung

AIPH Annual Congress to review ornamental horticulture in Southeast Asia

The 69th Annual Congress of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) features a conference on ornamental horticulture in Southeast Asia as well as a conference for the organisers of International Horticultural Exhibitions (Expos). The Congress, hosted by Taichung City Government and.....

AU: How to grow green sales by four per cent per annum?

Over the next five weeks, Your Levy @ Work will be deciphering the details of the SIP and explaining what the top priorities of the plan mean for your business and, more broadly, the nursery industry.How will the nursery industry increase sales of green life products by four per cent per annum over the next.....
Marco Stolze, ClockOnline

NL: New online auction set to start

Every Dutch village used to have its own auction in the past. Over the years, the number of auctions gradually decreased, which resulted in just a few auctions in the country. Nowadays, this process seems to be taking a turn - online. You might be familiar with Floriday.io (Royal FloraHolland and.....

Planting poinsettias in Colombia

The Colombian Association of Nurseries and Ornamental Growers, Colviveros, reported that Colombian producers have begun the process of planting poinsettias after having worked with the mother plants for the first part of this year.Hernando Lopez and Nohora Espejo, Poinsettias de Colombia.Poinsettias are well.....

MPs stall Treasury’s plan to bail out Kenya Airways

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

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

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

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

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

CAN (ON): Flower growers shocked by new costs of production

Ontario’s flower growing community have expressed significant concern over recently proposed changes to Ontario’s minimum wage and employment standards. The proposed rapid change to minimum wage is expected to result in profound damage to the Ontario floriculture sector, the loss of numerous family farms,.....

Australian grower calls on next gen to join the industry

Jan Hintze has been involved in agriculture for nearly 40 years in the Top End, with the last 20 years dedicated to growing flowers.Now in her 70s, Ms Hintze said the youngest person she knew in the industry was in their 50s."I put mostly this down to it is so much hard physical work that children of farmers.....

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Preparing different product groups at the auction

The Import Handling department at Veiling Rhein-Maas ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries e.g. Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal and Italy can be auctioned successfully. The Import department's work includes e.g. unpacking and preparing products, an initial check of quantity.....

US: Rose industry flourishes in Arizona desert

When you think roses, you might think California. But last year, Arizona exported about 75 percent of the rosebushes in the U.S., local rose grower Tyler Francis said.Growers around the world test their variations in Arizona, and the climate there allows the roses to bloom for nearly eight out of 12 months......

Canada: Greenhouse flower acreage continues to drop

The Canadian greenhouse area used to produce flowers decreased by 7.7%, most notably in Ontario, dropping 2.9 million square feet, and in Quebec, where area fell by 2.7 million square feet. A rise in the number of flowers imported into Canada from countries like Colombia and Ecuador have contributed to a.....

Uganda: Flower farms licensed as Free Zones

Uganda Free Zones Authority (UFZA) has issued two developer's Licences to Fiduga and Royal Van Zanten.The companies are meant to develop Free Zones in Mukono and Mpigi Districts in Uganda.A Free Zone is a special designated area where goods introduced into the area are generally regarded, so far as import.....

June is California Grown Flowers Month

On Thursday, California’s Senate and Assembly will announce June as California Grown Flowers Month.The tradition of recognizing California Grown Flowers by the state’s lawmakers is in its third year, helping to highlight the value California’s flower farmers bring to their communities and the economy.The.....

Slight decrease in import season at Veiling Rhein-Maas

"The main season for the import business is drawing to a close, while the local production of cut flowers is increasing”, explains Jac Vallen and Guy Kosman, Area Manager Import at Veiling Rhein-Maas. The provisional results for the import season compared to 2016 show a slight decrease with regard to sales.....

Tulips bloom as Indian farmers discover flower power

As the Himalayan region struggles with unemployment and the loss of large swathes of its agricultural land to construction, local farmers are being won over to floriculture.Most Kashmiris have traditionally earned their living from farming, but rising numbers are selling their land, complaining they earn too.....

US (WI): Unseasonable weather dampens business

Like anglers, farmers and golfers, some gardeners venture outdoors every spring – rain or shine.And then there is a less-hardy species of fair-weather gardeners, who saw one too many thunderstorms this season and have planted themselves on the couch instead.Milwaukee's soggy spring has dampened business for.....

UK grower proposes home-grown label

Heather Gorringe’s Great British Florist (GBF), an online specialist supplying flowers grown on its own plots or from 11 other UK suppliers, is seeing a steady 10 per cent increase in demand, generating a £500,000 turnover.Season and weather sometimes mean imported flowers are in the mix, but to ensure.....

Royal FloraHolland starts experiment ‘Today for Tomorrow’

Royal FloraHolland is experimenting with a system for ‘Today for Tomorrow’ from the 8th of June. Using this new sales channel customers can buy today using the auction clock and have their goods delivered tomorrow before 6:00 am. This means fresh products every single day, delivered just in time.The sector.....

US: 60 percent of florists report improved sales on Mother’s Day

Predictions of a robust Mother’s Day proved to be on target for many florists. According to a post-holiday survey conducted by the Society of American Florists, about 60 percent of member florists saw increased sales this year. Roughly 20 percent said sales were about the same as 2016. Around 16 percent saw.....

China, Bulgaria hope to deepen agricultural cooperation

China's Yunnan province and Bulgaria hope to deepen agricultural cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 mechanism, officials said on Friday.Zhang Zulin, visiting Vice Governor of the province in southwest China, said in a keynote speech during a business forum that Bulgaria is one of.....

Dutch entrepreneurs shed some light at roundtable

Automation, water and IPM opportunities in Colombia

Colombia is the second largest flower exporter in the world and traders as well as ornamental growers should take advantage of this. Several Dutch entrepreneurs with an understanding of, or experience in horticulture in the region, discussed the possibilities during a meeting at Sion Orchids in De Lier, the.....

Gilles Rus, SICA Flower Market:

French Mother's Day 2017: Disappointing for auction and florists

"The auction prices were about 7.7 percent lower and florists had about 25-35 percent less turnover", says Gilles Rus of Sica Flower Market when comparing this year's French Mother's Day (May 28, 2017) with that of last year. According to him, the main reason for this decrease was the combination of good.....

US: Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season expected

For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to 17.....

Kenya: Flower exports to keep deficit in check

Kenya's central bank governor on Tuesday said the country's current account deficit will rise this year but be held down by exports of tea and horticulture products.Governor Patrick Njoroge told a news conference the current account deficit was likely to rise to 5.8 percent of gross domestic product from 5.2.....

Danziger sees increased demand for modern Gyps

IFTEX Kenya is coming soon, and Danziger shares some insights about the market, and what is expected to be seen during their show.“There is no doubt that Kenya is becoming stronger and more sophisticated every year. With more distribution options, Kenyan growers seek better quality breeds and technical.....

Trifolium: a new staple for Swedish Mother's Day?

Over the last couple of years, the demand for trifolium is rising sharply in Scandinavia and it now also seems to become a popular Mother's Day gift. Last Sunday, May 28, Mother's Day was celebrated in Sweden and for the first time, Danish trifolium breeder and grower Gartneriet Raahöj heard that their.....

PCA Chairman Robert Hayes forecasts high tech developments:

Cost of labor driving Australia's move towards more protected cropping

As a result of the continuous growth of the minimum wages, Australian farmers and growers are highly interested in automation and mechanization. "The cost of labor is one of the key factors driving adoption of protected cropping in Australia", according to PCA chairman Robert Hayes.Hayes is the chairman of.....

Vietnam to ease cost pressure on businesses

Vietnam’s government acknowledges the tremendous financial pressure building up on local and foreign businesses operating in the country, and is therefore committed to working to lift these burdens off the firms’ shoulders.Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, chair the ConferenceAs he chaired a pro-business.....

British gardens not so rosy anymore

For the first time in generations, the British garden is not looking quite so rosy. It appears that the humble rose - famously one of Britain's most popular flowers - could be falling out of favour with modern gardeners, who are being put off by failed experiences with trendy varieties.Fears that amateur.....

Richard Valentin, Valentin Fleurs:

French growers pleased with peony season

Last Sunday, Mother's Day was celebrated in France. Peonies are beloved gifts and French peony growers often get a piece of the pie. This year however, this piece was a little smaller as the peony season ended a bit earlier. But French peony grower Richard Valentin of Valentin Fleurs is not disappointed at.....

Indian government helps growers increase sales

Commissioner for Horticulture Chiranjeevi Chowdary announced the launch of a website to enable nursery farmers of Kadiam to sell their plants online. He said works on the floriculture research centre and Central Crop Plantation Institute, sanctioned for Kadiam, would begin soon. He declared that the Indian.....

World Bank private sector arm to boost Rwanda flower sector

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank’s private sector arm, is partnering with Rwanda to help the East African nation develop its flower sector, officials said on Thursday.World Bank Senior Private Sector Specialist Hamidou Sorgo told journalists in Nairobi that Rwanda has the unique.....

New Zealand: 25 properties now infected with myrtle rust

The number of properties infected with myrtle rust nationally stands at 25.The affected properties are a mix of plant nurseries, private gardens, retailers/distributors and an orchard.The stats stand at: 20 properties in Taranaki, 3 in Northland and 2 in Waikato.To date, the rust has been found on seedlings.....

e-GRO Alert by Lee Stivers

When plants back up in the retail greenhouse

Inclement spring weather can delay retail plant sales, as customers wait for warmer, sunnier days to begin gardening. As space in the greenhouse gets scarce, and plants keep growing bigger, think carefully about where and how you are displaying your products.by Lee StiversPlants get stacked vertically. When.....

US: After 'slow food', chefs are now going for 'slow flowers'

In 2013, Eat Me Speak Me chef Jarrett Stieber launched his pop-up restaurant with a defining mission: to showcase the bounty of local farms. From day one that included not just the food on diners’ plates but also the flowers on Stieber’s tables. “It’s important for cooks to learn about flowers just like we.....

US (TX): Texas A&M AgriLife advises purchasing of 'water-efficient' plants

A state tax-free holiday on “water-efficient products” from May 27-29 includes all plants, trees and grasses for non-commercial shoppers, according to the Texas Comptroller’s Office. Texas A&M AgriLife Research horticulturists urge residents to be vigilant in selecting plant life that conserves water.....

Royal FloraHolland:

Mother's Day and two extra auction days increased revenue by 2.5%

Period 4 (24 April - 21 May 2017) closed with a turnover of €483 million. This is €12 million more than in period 5 of 2016 and reflects an increase of 2.5%.The increase is the result of a 3.2% higher average price. In contrast, the supply was 0.6% lower than last year. As Pentecost and Ascension Day fall this.....