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Photo Report Naivasha Horticultural Fair

After the fairground was blessed by some 40 mm of rain on the setup day, the Naivasha Horticultural Fair took off on Friday September 15th and finished on Saturday 16th Sept. Fortunately, it all stayed dry during the days of this outdoor event, where stakeholders from the flower industry sector displayed their products.

The Fair, which is considered to be the largest horticultural fair in Africa, is in its 15th year and the organization was again pleased with this year's edition. "Considering the slow state of the Kenyan Economy, we were very pleased with having about the same number of exhibitors (200)", says Naivasha Horticultural Fair Chairman Richard McGonnel. Besides that, visiting numbers were slightly up (over 3,500 visitors) and they have also seen a small increase in the small scale farm visitors. "This looks very promising", he says. "All in all, the show went very well and good business was done."

Marco Pruiksma took photos of the fair to give us an impression of the show. Click here to view the photos of the show that were taken by Pruiksma.

The exhibitors were also pleased with the number and quality of visitors. "Despite the weather (lot of rain just before the show) it was again great success and we look forward to the next edition", says Jelle Posthumus of rose breeding company United Selections. According to him, the fair was visited by a lot of people and particularly on the second day of the show, Saturday September 16.

Visitors in the stand of United Selections. They showcased the latest additions to their commercial assortment. This includes some varieties in their special line, see pictures and in general the latest additions to the commercial assortment. Some highlights were:

Novelties in the specialty assortment and the US-1987P of United Selections

General assortment of United Selections. Some highlights were: Madam Cerise, (bright cerise mutation from Madam Red), Confidential Dark (dark orange mutation from Confidential), Pink Spring (light pink with very few thorns and strong traveller), Yellow Cab (pure and dark yellow variety with a bi flower), Sugar Love (high producer pink, very suitable for low altitude and well received in retail chain)

During the fair, also awards were handed out. The award for Best Stand was won by WAC b.v. for their innovative display of Golden Bird and Love Bird. The award for Best Commercial stand was won by NHFair newcomers Magrrow showing their new and very innovative spray equipment. IBMA won the innovation award for their efforts for their crop protection strategy, and “all seemed to celebrate accordingly on that group of stands”.

And during the show, more pictures were posted on social media by the exhibitors and visitors:

Alessandro Ghione of NIRP international talking with visitors.

Red Century and Copacabana of NIRP International.

Richard Mcgonnel, Chairman Naivasha Horticultural Fair and Sales Manager East Africa of WAC, a company that is also exhibiting at the fair (Source: Twitter page Francis Mureithi‏)

Greenlife's Commercial Director Edward Agg-Manning and his colleagues. (Source: Twitter page Greenlife)

The booth of Greenlife. (Source: Twitter page Greenlife)

The booth of IBMA. Source: (Twitter page Patrick Mathenge‏)

The booth of Dümmen Orange (Source: Twitter page Blanco)

The marketing team of Kengap Horticulture (Source: Facebook page Kengap Horticulture)

The booth of Continental Breeding (Source: Twitter page Blanco)

The crowded booth of Amiran (Source: Facebook page Amiran)

On the left the aisles, on the right booth of Amiran

(Source: Facebook page Amiran)

Booth of Cropnuts. (Source: Facebook page Cropnuts_Ag)

Next Year, the 2018 dates are set for 21st and 22nd September.

Naivasha Horticultural Fair
Richard McGonnell, Chairman
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