Roses, Alstromeria, and a large variety of summer flowers will be showcased by Kenyan cut flower producers at this year's International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF), taking place from 9 to 11 November in Vijfhuizen. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is accompanying five companies from the new partner country Kenya to a flower trade fair for the first time. In addition, flower farms from Ecuador and Colombia will present their special offer at the IFTF. Their offer includes roses, baby's breath, chrysanthemums, hydrangeas, and rarities such as heliconias and proteas.
As an initiative to promote imports, IPD has carefully selected the companies, checked them according to criteria such as product quality, export readiness, and capacity, as well as fulfillment of international standards and certifications, and prepared them for the European market. At IFTF, European buyers can get to know the diverse and high-quality product range from the three IPD partner countries, expand their assortment or optimize their purchasing. The IPD's matchmaking services are free of charge. Just this summer, IPD experts were on a fact-finding mission in Kenya and met promising producers of cut flowers.
Besides roses and alstroemerias, they offer a wide variety of summer flowers, such as hypericum and kangaroo paw. From Ecuador, IPD supports rose growers but also producers of carnations and callas. In addition, one farm has specialized in the cultivation of proteas, which are otherwise mainly grown in South Africa. Colombia is still less known in Europe as a country of origin for cut flowers. But here, too, the diverse range of chrysanthemums, baby's breath, and hydrangeas and the good quality is particularly convincing. All three IPD partner countries offer excellent climatic conditions for flower cultivation: a constant warm climate and many hours of sunshine not only ensure strong and long stems but also large flower heads with intense colors.