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NL: Rise in number of solar panels per installation

"We noticed that there is a growing demand for solar panels, especially for larger installations of 200 to 1000+ panels. Growers are becoming increasingly aware that they can’t afford to stay behind and need to be more forward thinking," according to the Voshol Warmte en Elektrotechniek team. "It is becoming.....

Kenya's fresh produce export earnings up 11%

Kenya earned 115.25 billion shillings ($1.15 billion) from exports of cut flowers, fresh fruit and vegetables last year, 11 percent more than in the previous year.Okesegere Ojepat, the chief executive of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC Kenya), said cut flowers accounted for 70 percent of the.....

Spain: Over 7 million roses expected to be sold this Sant Jordi

Last Friday, Mercabarna-flor presented the prospects for the marketing of roses this Sant Jordi in an event chaired by the Councillor for Business, Tourism, Trade and Markets of the City of Barcelona and the President of Mercabarna, Agustí Colom. They were accompanied by the President of the Association of.....

US: Most popular flowers in every state

Sales at U.S. nursery and garden stores were estimated at $40 billion in 2017. Meanwhile, Americans spent almost $27 billion on floral products (80% of the flowers sold by florists were imported).It’s clear that Americans like to grow and give and get flowers. But which flowers do they like the best? Now.....

UK: Championing horticulture at the APPGHG inquiry

The first of three evidence sessions for the All-Party Parliamentary Gardening and Horticulture Group (APPGHG) inquiry into the future of gardening and horticulture industry took place on 17 April at Portcullis House in London.The session, chaired by Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, examined what is needed from.....

American Grown puts spotlight on Southeast Asia and China in 2018

Over the past year, Certified American Grown (CAG) has secured federal grant funds through the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to develop export markets for American Grown Flowers.In 2017, Certified American Grown conducted a comprehensive assessment in China, determining the Chinese market potential.....

UK: Garden centres pray for better weather as sales slide

The UK's garden centres are suffering after the country's spate of bad weather, with sales at their worst levels in at least five years.So far this year, average underlying sales are down 15% to 20%, with the early Easter proving a washout, says the Garden Centre Association.Now the horticulture industry is.....

Atmosphere at event unaffected

CAST: Spring storms in Northeast and Midwest talk of town

While the California Spring Trials visitors are enjoying the colourful displays under the Californian sun, spring hasn't sprung in a large part of the country.So far, spring 2018 hasn't been typical. The Northeast and Midwest - and even some parts in the Northwest and South - are dealing with cold.....

Astra bonita, double and potted sunflowers

Looking for that special flower

Muller Seeds continually analyzes the market: what do consumers want today, but especially what will they be interested in tomorrow? We spoke to director Wim Zandwijk about trends and popular new varieties.AsterA flower that is currently gaining in popularity is the aster. Muller sells a wide range of aster.....

Ethiopia: Government looking to cash in on horticulture potential

According to Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA), Ethiopia has gained 300 million USD from flower and other horticulture products in 2017. From this, flower export takes the highest share. The Authority has been working to upgrade the export earnings in 2018 fiscal year and the.....

US: Sun Valley releases 2018 Sunflower Trend Report

April is the beginning of Sunflower season in the United States. Traditionally consumers think of Sunflowers as a summer and fall crop however, with the ideal growing conditions on the Baja peninsula, Sunflowers are available earlier in the season. This trend report of Sun Valley highlights what the 2018.....
Ed Bravo, FNGLA President:

"It's good to be a grower again"

It’s good to be a grower again! Spring is upon us with a vengeance. Throughout most of our state, homeowners are cleaning up winter’s damage to their landscapes. Folks are replanting or enhancing their properties with a variety of flowering plants, trees, shrubs and palms. They are replacing damaged turf.....

India: Local flower growers see price increases

The price of flowers has shot up in the daily flower auction market in the rural Paramathivelur town on Friday.The hike in the price is due to the heavy demand in connection with the Tamil New Year Day and Amavasai.The price of jasmine which stood at Rs. 150 [2.29 USD] per kg last week shot up to Rs. 250.....

Germany: Varied first quarter Veiling Rhein-Maas

The auction Veiling Rhein-Maas started an excellent month of January with all sales channels this year. Compared to January of last year, in 2018 cut flower prices at the auction clock and in presales increased by 27.9%, and in clock service 28.6% was achieved.Unfavorable weather conditions in February and.....

India: Kalimpong could become floriculture hub

As Darjeeling gets ready to host the first ever investment summit in the hills on Tuesday, tourism stakeholders in Kalimpong wondered what good would come out of it, given that even a sector with a lot of potential like theirs is yet to receive any departmental support.Experts agreed that a floriculture park.....

Cold front slows Dutch flower export - but not towards Eastern Europe

After the strong start of the Dutch flower and plant export in January, the cold front of the 'Russian bear' in February reduced the demand in large parts of Europe. As a result, the export value last month stood at 2% below the level of last year. However, export to Russia and other Eastern European.....

Delphy becomes sole owner of Aegisto

On March 15, Delphy became the sole owner of Aegisto BV. Delphy already had 50% ownership of Aegisto and acquired the remaining 50% from Botany BV.Aegisto has been carrying out the validity testing of crop protection products under the GEP (Good Experimental Practice) accreditation since 2010. Recently, the.....

US: University says customers willing to pay more for Florida produce

Florida consumers see value in and are willing to pay more for locally-grown products, especially when it comes to landscape and ornamental plants, according to a new study conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Hayk Khachatryan.Khachatryan, who leads.....

Plans for CAU Futong establishment in South Holland

Chinese delegation visits World Horti Center

Less than one week after the official opening of the World Horti Center in the Netherlands, a delegation from the Chinese company Futong visited the brand new international greenhouse horticulture center on Tuesday 13 March 2018. High-tech company Futong, part of the China Agricultural University, works on.....

March 14-15 in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands

Cold weekend talk of town at Royal FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair

Growers are ready for spring but the Northwest European weather is not. The forecast for the coming weekend makes growers nervous and at the FloraHolland Seasonal Trade Fair in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, it is the talk of town.After having quite a nice weekend with double digit temperatures, a mass of very.....

US: Florida consumers willing to pay more for flowers

Florida consumers see value in and are willing to pay more for locally-grown products, especially when it comes to landscape and ornamental plants, according to a new study conducted by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member Hayk Khachatryan.Khachatryan, who.....

US: Bill to provide Hawaii with floriculture research funding

Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) and Colleen Hanabusa (HI-01) have introduced the State Assistance for Tropical Floriculture Research Act of 2018 (H.R. 5066) to support floriculture research and development in Hawaii and across the United States. The bill would authorize grants of a minimum of $250,000 annually.....

South Korea: Flower market booms in March

Graduation and school entrance season, which comes around in March in Korea, has arrived. The record-breaking cold temperatures are slowly fading away as spring creeps up.Along with the change in seasons, people are flocking to the flower market in Yangjae-dong, southeastern Seoul. The Yangjae Flower Market.....

India: Floriculture making strides in Nagaland

According to the Nagaland State Human Development Report 2016, during the last few years, the floriculture sector has made tremendous strides in terms of coverage area and production through support provided by the State Government. Provision and installation of hi-tech structure, inputs in terms of seeds.....

Cargo London Heathrow 5% up in February

The UK’s busiest airport, London Heathrow, saw its cargo performance soar in February. Up by 5% year on year, the gateway’s cargo traffic was at a record high for the 19th consecutive month, at 133,140 tonnes.Heathrow said the increase was mainly due to growth in North American and East Asian markets......

CAN (ON): Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative

The Greenhouse Competitiveness and Innovation Initiative (GCII), is a non-competitive 19 million-dollar funding program established for Ontario greenhouse growers to increase sector competitiveness, by providing broad-based support that fosters innovation and investment in the sector.Eligible applicants.....

UK: Popular UK Mother's Day flowers and plants

Yesterday, March 11, Mother's Day was celebrated in the UK. Even though the extreme sow and icy weather, which created very challenging delivery conditions, the majority of the flowers could be delivered. With the holiday being celebrated earlier this year, violas daffodils have been very popular reports The.....

"Vietnam, EU likely to sign FTA soon"

Vietnam and the European Union (EU) are likely to sign the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) soon, Daniel Muller, ASEAN Regional Manager for the German Asia-Pacific Business Association, said in an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reporters in Germany.The EVFTA is the bloc’s first.....

Mother’s Day means Money Day for UK florists

This Sunday (March 11), Mother's Day will be celebrated in the UK and it is expected to become a profitable holiday for florists. "Even though it is succeeding Valentine's Day quickly this year, Millennials seem to be willing to spend more money and are eager to spend it on flowers this year. Therefore, we.....

Certification responds to increasing demand for sustainability

The consumers’ demands for fair, reliable and sustainably produced flowers and plants continue to increase. Retailers, including the major international supermarkets, garden centres, DIY stores and e-commerce companies, keep imposing more sustainability requirements on growers. How can you respond to these.....

US: Florists saw rush of orders on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day was a success for many florists — but the Wednesday holiday was also a last-minute hustle.That’s according to a Society of American Florists post-holiday member survey, which found that, on average, 56 percent of retail florists’ holiday orders came in on Valentine’s Day itself and 80 percent.....

A freight forwarder's perspective:

Meeting the peak season demand of international floral markets

In recent years fresh cut flowers grown in the Andes, particularly those from Ecuador and Colombia, have repositioned themselves as most preferred among international floral markets. The region’s ideal altitude, climate, and geographical location enable optimum growing conditions to provide these flowers.....

"Vietnam, EU likely to sign FTA soon"

Vietnam and the European Union (EU) are likely to sign the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) soon, Daniel Muller, ASEAN Regional Manager for the German Asia-Pacific Business Association, said in an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reporters in Germany.The EVFTA is the bloc’s first.....

Warja Abrosimova, Dekker Chrysanten

Slavic men suffer from Women's Day stress

There's no place where International Women's Day is celebrated as widely as in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the surrounding countries. Warja Abrosimova, marketing manager Eastern Europe at Dekker Chrystanen, tells us all about the societal, economical and (for the male of the species) psychological effects.....

John Elstgeest, Flower Circus:

Women's Day: "Russian market is growing up"

Today is International Women's Day. In Russia, this is celebrated in a grand fashion, with flowers. A nice bouquet for the wife, girlfriend, mother, colleague and neighbour: on Women's Day, the Russian man gives flowers to almost every woman in his life. Like every year, John Elstgeest of Flower Circus is in.....

US (MS): Local women turning flowerbeds into businesses

Donna Yowell is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Urban Forest Council and a former flower shop owner. Nellie Neal is a flower expert and radio personality.Together, the women created the Mississippi Grown Cut Flower Association.Since January, they have been hosting a series of workshops entitled,.....

Germany: Is Amazon forcing plant retailers into a price war?

Specialist plant retailers cannot survive without online business. But it is also not right to be forced into a price war by the ‘Amazon system’. Martina Mensing-Meckelburg reports on negative experiences at the winter meeting of the BdB (association of German plant nurseries) in Goslar, Germany. By Heike.....
Webinar AmericanHort, March 15, 2018:

US: New trucking regulations: The impact on our industry

On March 15, AmericanHort will host a webinar on the Impact of the New Trucking Regulations on March 15 at 2:30 p.m. with Andy Bruney from T. Load Specialties, a transportation company in Columbus, OH with more than 25 years experience in coordinating truck load shipments throughout the United States. During.....

German orchid nursery Klusmann Blumenvertieb

Early-flowering promenaea just in time for Easter

In just less than a month, Easter will be celebrated and for the third year, German orchid nursery Klusmann Blumenvertieb is selling its Promenaea Sunlight orchids. "This early flowering variety opened new doors as it enables us to really tap into the Easter holiday", says Jan Klusmann, owner of the company......

Is relocating abroad an attractive option?

The labour costs worldwide are rising quickly due to factors such as the increasing minimum wage. Is it more attractive to relocate business activities to another country? WPS wrote several blog posts intended to give you a better idea of the increasing labour costs in other countries. These blog posts.....
"Appreciation mainly result of increased flower exports to Eurozone"

Kenya: Shilling appreciates 0.5% against dollar

The Kenya Shilling appreciated by 0.5 percent against the US Dollar during the month of February to 101.6 shillings, from 102.2 shillings at the end of January. Kenya’s leading regional investment firms, Cytonn, reported on Monday that the appreciation was mainly as a result of increased flower exports to.....

Ethiopia considers clustering horticulture farms

Ethiopia over the past decade has managed to transform its horticulture sector from scratch to about 270 million USD export business.The sector that has managed to attract more than 100 companies has so far relied on farmlands scattered in various areas which have the potential for the sector. Horticulture.....

Paul Wekesa, Panocal:

Kenya: "Volumes down due to unusual weather"

Almost all flowers for International Women's Day and UK Mother's Day (March 11) left the cold room of Kenyan rose farm Panocal. The demand and prices at the Dutch auction are similar to last year, but the volumes are about 20 percent down. The 38ha farm lies just outside the town of Kitale at an altitude of.....

Arie Veldhuizen, Dutch agricultural counsellor to the Netherlands in Vietnam

"Knowledge and awareness key to Vietnamese growth"

The Vietnamese horticulture industry is upscaling. Better flower and vegetable varieties are being developed and field production is gradually moving towards protected cultivation. The Government has even announced a VND100 trillion (US$4.4 billion) package for developing hi-tech agriculture. It is an.....

India: New varieties to attract tourists to Tulip Garden

The state Jammu and Kashmir government is expecting a boost in tourism inflow with 50 varieties added to the Tulip Garden that is set to open at the end of March.The Floriculture Department has planted around 50 varieties of tulips on 200 kanals of land [900,000 sq.ft.] at the garden this year. In addition.....

UK: What's in season at the New Covent Garden Flower Market

This month, in addition to Mother's Day on March 11th, just a few days earlier on March 8th, it's International Women's Day. So, to help you with your planning for your next visit to the Flower Market, have a browse through this latest report featuring a selection of seasonal flowers, foliage, plants and.....

CAN (BC): Another greenhouse operator condemns health care payroll tax

Another large Fraser Valley greenhouse operator has condemned the new provincial health care payroll tax for loading new costs onto their business.“It really hurts,” said Dave Van Belle, president of Van Belle Nursery.Van Belle told The Times his company is “in the same boat” as Langley-based Darvonda.....
Indian minister:

"Adapt floriculture to overcome unemployment"

Saying that the State of Jammu has abundant potential in floriculture, Minister for Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir exhorted for sensitizing farmers and youth about its scope and benefits besides adopting floriculture as a profession to take advantage of a viable and flourishing agri-industry.This was.....

Jorge Ortega, Matina Flowers:

'Valentine's Day was a great start to the year'

Last year, and particularly the second part, was quite challenging for many Colombian growers. According to Jorge Ortega of Matina Flowers, a Colombian rose farm, the weather was the major bottleneck. For this year, however, he has higher hopes already. "We have had a better Valentine's Day, which is one of.....

CAN (AB): Greenhouse growers concerned about new labour rules

Bill 17 went into effect in January 2018, and strips greenhouses of their agricultural exemption under the Labour Code.That means greenhouses now have to pay overtime to employees who work more than 44 hours a week.For Sunshine Greenhouse in Redcliff, that would mean an added expense of nearly $100,000 per.....

"Setback for Kenya as regional heads dig in on EPA deal"

Kenya will have to wait a little longer for a breakthrough in the crucial Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) deal after regional leaders called for further negotiations with their European counterparts.At the 19th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community (EAC) Heads of State in Uganda failed to reach.....

Kenya's trade deficit worsens as exports grow slower

Kenya's total exports grew slower in 2017 as the value of imports surged on industrial supplies and machinery goods, widening the country's trade imbalance.Latest economic data received Tuesday indicated that the east African nation's exports rose 3 percent last year to around 5.89 billion U.S. dollars, from.....

CAN (ON): OFA hosts event on economic development priorities

Four provincial organizations shared their voices at Queen’s Park today to strengthen the message to all political candidates that investments in rural communities offer benefits to all Ontarians. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA), together with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Eastern Ontario.....

Kenya: Mother’s Day flower exports double trips for freight firms

Kenyan air freight companies have reported a doubling in flower exports in the past week, and doubled flights to Europe, due to Mother’s Day, which will be commemorated on March 11 this year in the UK.According to 2016 research from Analysys Coresight Research, flowers are the most popular Mother’s Day gift.....

US (VT): Grant funds to enhance competitiveness of specialty crops

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces the availability of grant funds for the purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Vermont specialty crops, defined as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture crops (including honey, hops, and maple syrup), and nursery.....

USDA opens office in Vietnam to facilitate agricultural trade

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently celebrated the opening of its new office in Hanoi, Vietnam. The office will play a vital role in helping expand the United States’ $2.5 billion-dollar agricultural export market in.....

Vietnam projects $21bn export revenue from cultivated products

The cultivation sector aims to earn export revenue of more than $21 billion this year, a year-on-year increase of 2.2-2.3 per cent, the Vietnam News Agency reported the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development as saying.Vietnam aims to increase its fruit growing area to about 930,000 ha and create high.....

Receiving payments on time still a challenge in Italy

Even though Italy is said to be climbing out of the crisis slowly, receiving payments on time still seems to be a challenge. At the Myplant & Garden that was held last week it is something that several exhibitors were highlighting. Fortunately, with this exhibition that seems to boost the industry, the.....

Modernising Australia’s agricultural statistics

The Australian Government is working with industry to modernise the agricultural statistics system to reduce burden on farmers, minimise data collection costs and improve the accuracy and quality of statistics.ABARES Executive Director, Dr Steve Hatfield-Dodds, said the Roadmap to improve the agricultural.....

US: National Retail Federation predicts sales increase in 2018

After nearly a decade of tough times for retailers, the future looks rosy. On Monday, the National Retail Federation released its 2018 economic forecast, projecting that retail industry sales will grow between 3.8 and 4.4 percent over 2017. Online, catalogue, vending machine and kiosk sales, which are.....

India: Horticulture industry wants lower Goods and Services Tax

Commercial floriculture exports from India are growing at 20% per annum, despite hurdles like currency fluctuations. Meanwhile, the industry has demanded a reduction in Goods and Services Tax (GST) on greenhouse materials from 18% to 12%.According to industry leaders, floriculture promises to be a sunrise.....

US: AFE educational grant applications due June 1

The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is now accepting applications for educational grants for 2018.Applications are available online and must be submitted by the deadline of June 1.Educational grants help fund programs that are wide-reaching educational endeavors that solve industry needs and challenges and.....

Philippines: Flower parade draws TV stars, big crowd

Stars were aplenty in Baguio City on Sunday. In contrast, hardly anyone from their industry attended the 32nd anniversary of the Edsa People Power Revolution, Inquirer News reports.The Grand Float Parade of this year’s Panagbenga (the Baguio Flower Festival) drew hundreds of tourists to the summer capital,.....

Kuwait will continue supporting Ethiopian development projects

Kuwait will strengthen its support for Ethiopian development projects, Kuwait's Ambassador to Ethiopia Rashed Faleh al-Hajri said. According to a press release issued by the embassy, Kuwait is one of the countries which will benefit the community by supporting Ethiopia’s development projects.The country is.....

UK: Co-op Group goes 100% Fairtrade on African roses

The Co-op Group has become the first retailer to only use 100% Fairtrade roses in all of its flower bouquets, when sourced from Africa.The retailer is the first to sign up to the new international Fairtrade Sourcing Ingredients model for flowers, which allows businesses to commit to sourcing one or more.....

Vietnam imported flowers worth $18m for Lunar New Year

Vietnam imported flowers and ornamental plants worth US$18 million from December 1, 2017, to January 31, 2018, for the Lunar New Year.This is a sharp increase of 46.8 per cent against last year, according to the General Department of Customs.The countries witnessing a high surge in export value of these.....