IFTEX 2016, Nairobi, Kenya

The entrance.
The entrance.
Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officially opens the exhibition
Richard Lesiyampe, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources officially opens the exhibition
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding. According to Veys, the demand for roses with a ‘different’ look is increasing.
Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding. According to Veys, the demand for roses with a ‘different’ look is increasing.
Peter Wicke of Vermako. At the moment, Ethiopia is their largest market. They are eager to have as much projects in Kenya.
Peter Wicke of Vermako. At the moment, Ethiopia is their largest market. They are eager to have as much projects in Kenya.
Ian and Washington of Suera Flowers. They grow single head (and some spray) roses in a 38 ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. They mainly supply directly.
Ian and Washington of Suera Flowers. They grow single head (and some spray) roses in a 38 ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. They mainly supply directly.
Dick Van Raamsdock, the organizer of the show.
Dick Van Raamsdock, the organizer of the show.
Ivan Freeman of Uhuru Flowers was visiting the show.
Ivan Freeman of Uhuru Flowers was visiting the show.
Peris Maina and Juliana Rono of Karen Roses. They grow 54 rose varieties in a 70 ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. Their main markets are Germany, UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. They supply all markets direct as their buyers demand for this service.
Peris Maina and Juliana Rono of Karen Roses. They grow 54 rose varieties in a 70 ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. Their main markets are Germany, UK, Australia, Saudi Arabia and Dubai. They supply all markets direct as their buyers demand for this service.
Jack van Batenburg and Peter Zethof of MeeGaa Substrates. They mainly supply substrates for roses and young plants. “In Kenya, we mainly see a increase in demand for coco peat”, says van Batenburg.
Jack van Batenburg and Peter Zethof of MeeGaa Substrates. They mainly supply substrates for roses and young plants. “In Kenya, we mainly see a increase in demand for coco peat”, says van Batenburg.
Juan Demian Requena, Pedro Requena and Avanish Moskate of Continental Breeding. At the show they are introducing a new rose; the Mayra's rose. This rose looks like a garden rose, but has the same habits of any other cut rose. More on this later on FloralDaily.
Juan Demian Requena, Pedro Requena and Avanish Moskate of Continental Breeding. At the show they are introducing a new rose; the Mayra's rose. This rose looks like a garden rose, but has the same habits of any other cut rose. More on this later on FloralDaily.
The Mayra's roses of Continental Breeding.
The Mayra's roses of Continental Breeding.
The opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony.
The Mayra's roses of Continental Breeding.
The Mayra's roses of Continental Breeding.
The team of United Selections. Twice a year, they select new varieties for the commercial sales. Just before the IFTEX week, they did the selections and they added 50 new varieties to their assortment.
The team of United Selections. Twice a year, they select new varieties for the commercial sales. Just before the IFTEX week, they did the selections and they added 50 new varieties to their assortment.
Chris Alphenaar of Bosman Van Zaal, Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn and Geert Nell of Bosman Van Zaal. They have built a greenhouse for Interplant in Kenya. In this greenhouse, everything is focused on sustainability.
Chris Alphenaar of Bosman Van Zaal, Martin Helmich of Hoogendoorn and Geert Nell of Bosman Van Zaal. They have built a greenhouse for Interplant in Kenya. In this greenhouse, everything is focused on sustainability.
Edward Agg Manning and Guy Keeble of Royal De Ruiter.
Edward Agg Manning and Guy Keeble of Royal De Ruiter.
Jochum Genuit of Mienis, Mario Taal and Richard Heemskerk of HSI. HIS distributes the reverse Osmosis system of Mienis.
Jochum Genuit of Mienis, Mario Taal and Richard Heemskerk of HSI. HIS distributes the reverse Osmosis system of Mienis.
HSI distributes the products of Mienis Water of Jochum Genuit. More on this later in FloralDaily.
HSI distributes the products of Mienis Water of Jochum Genuit. More on this later in FloralDaily.
The team of Koppert.
The team of Koppert.
Robert Ilsink of Interplant.
Robert Ilsink of Interplant.
Jasper van Dijk of HPP Exhibitions and Ronald van den Breevaart of Christmasworld.
Jasper van Dijk of HPP Exhibitions and Ronald van den Breevaart of Christmasworld.
Isabelle Poesse and Björn Bierman of Bercomex. At the IFTEX, they introduced the RoseMatic to the Kenyan growers. http://www.floraldaily.com/article/5459/Process-up-to-9,000-stems-an-hour-with-RoseMatic
Isabelle Poesse and Björn Bierman of Bercomex. At the IFTEX, they introduced the RoseMatic to the Kenyan growers. http://www.floraldaily.com/article/5459/Process-up-to-9,000-stems-an-hour-with-RoseMatic
Shirish Ingale of Agrichem. They were the winners in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
Shirish Ingale of Agrichem. They were the winners in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
Loui Hooyman and Guido Zwart of Esmeralda Farms. They are promoting their summer flowers and spray roses from their new Ethioian farm.
Loui Hooyman and Guido Zwart of Esmeralda Farms. They are promoting their summer flowers and spray roses from their new Ethioian farm.
Haiko Backer of Schreurs East Aftrica. They just named a rose after him; Marry Haiko. This rose is a mutation of the Marie-Claire! and Mariyo! of Schreurs.
Haiko Backer of Schreurs East Aftrica. They just named a rose after him; Marry Haiko. This rose is a mutation of the Marie-Claire! and Mariyo! of Schreurs.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
The team of Hortilink; Robert Kimani, Mercy Gakii and Michael Komy with Erik Bruine de Bruin. According to Erik, the European market is increasingly looking for larger headsizes. The market is under pressure, so they expect more flower for a lower price.
The team of Hortilink; Robert Kimani, Mercy Gakii and Michael Komy with Erik Bruine de Bruin. According to Erik, the European market is increasingly looking for larger headsizes. The market is under pressure, so they expect more flower for a lower price.
Said Hakim of Isinya Roses. They grow roses in a 7ha sized greenhouse and are planning to expand the greenhouse to 15ha. Their main export markets are the Netherlands, Middle East and Asia.
Said Hakim of Isinya Roses. They grow roses in a 7ha sized greenhouse and are planning to expand the greenhouse to 15ha. Their main export markets are the Netherlands, Middle East and Asia.
Erik Spek of Jan Spek rozen. Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding and Sjenn Kragtwijk of Jan Spek Rozen.
Erik Spek of Jan Spek rozen. Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding and Sjenn Kragtwijk of Jan Spek Rozen.
Matthijs den Dulk of Broekhof Africa. In November 2015, Broekhof Africa was established. They won the silver award in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
Matthijs den Dulk of Broekhof Africa. In November 2015, Broekhof Africa was established. They won the silver award in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
Loise Mukami of Kenya Flower Council and Flower Grower Emmy Cheruiyot.
Loise Mukami of Kenya Flower Council and Flower Grower Emmy Cheruiyot.
Dümmen Orange.
Dümmen Orange.
The team of Royal De Ruiter.
The team of Royal De Ruiter.
Cor den Hartog and Ringo Veenman of Dümmen Orange with Pini Cohen of DecoFresh.
Cor den Hartog and Ringo Veenman of Dümmen Orange with Pini Cohen of DecoFresh.
The team of Kordes Roses. At their booth, they have only put the new varieties on display. Of all varieties, 0.5 ha per rose is planted at the 20 ha sized greenhouse of Kreative in Naivasha, next to the regular production.
The team of Kordes Roses. At their booth, they have only put the new varieties on display. Of all varieties, 0.5 ha per rose is planted at the 20 ha sized greenhouse of Kreative in Naivasha, next to the regular production.
Arjo van der Sluis of Qualirosa. In 2015, the company established a farm in Ethiopia. In one year, the greenhouse expanded from 8ha to 24ha. They grow all kind of 'special' roses.
Arjo van der Sluis of Qualirosa. In 2015, the company established a farm in Ethiopia. In one year, the greenhouse expanded from 8ha to 24ha. They grow all kind of 'special' roses.
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Simon Blinco of Fontana Group and Allison Craft of EFK Group, who was visiting the show. They are standing in front of a new variety that they are growing, the Tabascpo of NIRP.
Simon Blinco of Fontana Group and Allison Craft of EFK Group, who was visiting the show. They are standing in front of a new variety that they are growing, the Tabascpo of NIRP.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
The roses of PJ Dave Group.
The roses of PJ Dave Group.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
Sjenn Kragtwijk of Jan Spek Rozen next to the Pur Song. According to Kragtwijk, this champagne creme colored rose has a large head size and can be cultivated on a lower altitude. Currently, this variety is being planted at Olij.
Sjenn Kragtwijk of Jan Spek Rozen next to the Pur Song. According to Kragtwijk, this champagne creme colored rose has a large head size and can be cultivated on a lower altitude. Currently, this variety is being planted at Olij.
According to Sjenn, the garden type roses are becoming a trend. One of their new garden type roses is Pride of Jane.
According to Sjenn, the garden type roses are becoming a trend. One of their new garden type roses is Pride of Jane.
Joseph Wakagwi of Oboya Africa. They have a factory in Nairobi and large factories in China, Sweden and Poland. According to Wakagwi, the Kenyan growers mostly use the plain sleeves.
Joseph Wakagwi of Oboya Africa. They have a factory in Nairobi and large factories in China, Sweden and Poland. According to Wakagwi, the Kenyan growers mostly use the plain sleeves.
"Morten Asserbo of Pindstrup. Ocean Agriculture is the distributor of Pindstrup in Africa and started last year. According to Asserbo, the demand is good. "We offer the growers to do some trials with our peatmoss and we get positive feedback."
"Morten Asserbo of Pindstrup. Ocean Agriculture is the distributor of Pindstrup in Africa and started last year. According to Asserbo, the demand is good. "We offer the growers to do some trials with our peatmoss and we get positive feedback."
Jan Renting of Optimal Connection.
Jan Renting of Optimal Connection.
Michael de Geus of Select Breeding holding one of their new fragrant varieties; the Fragante Bueno. According to Michael, the demand for scented roses is increasing.
Michael de Geus of Select Breeding holding one of their new fragrant varieties; the Fragante Bueno. According to Michael, the demand for scented roses is increasing.
Joseph Mwangi, Vipul Modi and Vishal Mehta of PrimaRosa Flowers. Thy are launching their brand named Yakira at the show. For three years now, they are only selling their flowers directly.
Joseph Mwangi, Vipul Modi and Vishal Mehta of PrimaRosa Flowers. Thy are launching their brand named Yakira at the show. For three years now, they are only selling their flowers directly.
Jose Mantilla, Hanspeter Hug and Mauricio Castillo of BellaFlor. These Ecuadorian growers established a 15ha sized farm in Ethiopia and want to grow to 45ha. They produce spray roses, gypsophila and more summer flowers. They started the production in January 2016. The concept is to bring the Ecuadorian technology in Ethiopia to generate long stems, big heads and a long shelf life. This new farm enables them to supply world wide more easily.
Jose Mantilla, Hanspeter Hug and Mauricio Castillo of BellaFlor. These Ecuadorian growers established a 15ha sized farm in Ethiopia and want to grow to 45ha. They produce spray roses, gypsophila and more summer flowers. They started the production in January 2016. The concept is to bring the Ecuadorian technology in Ethiopia to generate long stems, big heads and a long shelf life. This new farm enables them to supply world wide more easily.
Sally Wakiugy and Jacky Anyango of Flower Business Support. They are unpacking Kenyan Flowers in the Netherlands and are also doing direct sales. It is their first time at the IFTEX. Their company only exists fro 1 year and 6 months now. Their main markets are in Europe (ECyprus, Latvia, Norway). Now they want to enter the Japanese market.
Sally Wakiugy and Jacky Anyango of Flower Business Support. They are unpacking Kenyan Flowers in the Netherlands and are also doing direct sales. It is their first time at the IFTEX. Their company only exists fro 1 year and 6 months now. Their main markets are in Europe (ECyprus, Latvia, Norway). Now they want to enter the Japanese market.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
The roses of Batian Flowers.
The roses of Batian Flowers.
Crowded aisles.
Crowded aisles.
The booth of Black Tulip Group. They won the silver award in stand decoration in the perishables category.
The booth of Black Tulip Group. They won the silver award in stand decoration in the perishables category.
Steve Swainston of The Flower Hub.
Steve Swainston of The Flower Hub.
Farah Shamji of AAA Growers. She is standing in front of the roses that were cultivated in their new greenhouse; Belissima. They started the construction of this 20ha sized greenhouse in February 2015 and in February 2016, they had their first production. The farm is located on a 2500m altitude and they saw a good market for high altitude roses. Special about this greenhouse is their cold chain. More on this later in FloralDaily.
Farah Shamji of AAA Growers. She is standing in front of the roses that were cultivated in their new greenhouse; Belissima. They started the construction of this 20ha sized greenhouse in February 2015 and in February 2016, they had their first production. The farm is located on a 2500m altitude and they saw a good market for high altitude roses. Special about this greenhouse is their cold chain. More on this later in FloralDaily.
Crowded aisles.
Crowded aisles.
Exhibition floor.
Exhibition floor.
"Tewodros Zwendie of Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. He is at the show to promote the Ethiopian flowers. According to Aendie, Ethiopia has a lot of resources which makes it a interesting country to grow flowers."Ethiopia has the highlands, midlands, and lowlands and 12 months of sunshine. Besides that, the costs like electricity and labour are relatively low and on top of that, Ethioia has good quality of water and its own airlines (Ethioian airlines)."
"Tewodros Zwendie of Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. He is at the show to promote the Ethiopian flowers. According to Aendie, Ethiopia has a lot of resources which makes it a interesting country to grow flowers."Ethiopia has the highlands, midlands, and lowlands and 12 months of sunshine. Besides that, the costs like electricity and labour are relatively low and on top of that, Ethioia has good quality of water and its own airlines (Ethioian airlines)."
Jeroen Oudheusden and Caroline Le Grand of FSI were visiting the show.
Jeroen Oudheusden and Caroline Le Grand of FSI were visiting the show.
Hans Juursema of Weber Cooling. According to Juursema, increasingly more growers are going to cool the flowers on the farm already.
Hans Juursema of Weber Cooling. According to Juursema, increasingly more growers are going to cool the flowers on the farm already.
The roses of Georges Delbard.
The roses of Georges Delbard.
"Kevin Meers of Mereg. They are supplying the Kenyan growers for three years now. "Here, we mainly supply the growers with screens and cultivation tables", says Meers."
"Kevin Meers of Mereg. They are supplying the Kenyan growers for three years now. "Here, we mainly supply the growers with screens and cultivation tables", says Meers."
The alstroemerias of Upendo Flowers.
The alstroemerias of Upendo Flowers.
Rene Mulder of Upendo Flowers.
Rene Mulder of Upendo Flowers.
Floris Muilwijk of UFO Supplies.
Floris Muilwijk of UFO Supplies.
PJ Dave Group.
PJ Dave Group.
The opening ceremony.
The opening ceremony.
Jos Van Der Venne and Anna Isaevna Cherutich of Sian Roses. Sian Roses has 3 farms; 100 ha in total.
Jos Van Der Venne and Anna Isaevna Cherutich of Sian Roses. Sian Roses has 3 farms; 100 ha in total.
Ruud Knorr of Royal FloraHolland.
Ruud Knorr of Royal FloraHolland.
Mercy Njuguna, Moses Kaigi and Kepha Gisore of Panocal.
Mercy Njuguna, Moses Kaigi and Kepha Gisore of Panocal.
Yogeesh Basavarajappa of Florenza. He grows single head and spray roses on three farms in Kenya. The total size of these farms in 70ha. Their main market is Europe, to which they supply through the auction via two farms and direct via one farm.
Yogeesh Basavarajappa of Florenza. He grows single head and spray roses on three farms in Kenya. The total size of these farms in 70ha. Their main market is Europe, to which they supply through the auction via two farms and direct via one farm.
Naren Patel of Subati Flowers talking with visitors.
Naren Patel of Subati Flowers talking with visitors.
The booth of Subati Flowers. They won the gold award in stand decoration in the perishables category.
The booth of Subati Flowers. They won the gold award in stand decoration in the perishables category.
Bruno Etavard of Meilland standing next to the Frou Frou. According to Etavards, this rose has an unusual look and opens fully. At the moment, it is being grown by Red Lands roses and Uhury and Subati will start planting it soon.
Bruno Etavard of Meilland standing next to the Frou Frou. According to Etavards, this rose has an unusual look and opens fully. At the moment, it is being grown by Red Lands roses and Uhury and Subati will start planting it soon.
"Ender Gencer of ileri Plastic. Agro Exchange is their partner in Kenya. "The challenging financial situation in which many growers are in this year, suppliers are affected. Also we. This year is a bit slow."
"Ender Gencer of ileri Plastic. Agro Exchange is their partner in Kenya. "The challenging financial situation in which many growers are in this year, suppliers are affected. Also we. This year is a bit slow."
Peter van de Pol of ProRoot.This company was officially launched a couple of weeks ago. They are focused on top grafting. They currently have three rootstock, which can increase the production, length and amounts by 10%, More on this later in FloralDaily.
Peter van de Pol of ProRoot.This company was officially launched a couple of weeks ago. They are focused on top grafting. They currently have three rootstock, which can increase the production, length and amounts by 10%, More on this later in FloralDaily.
Arnoud Bolten of Georges Delbard.
Arnoud Bolten of Georges Delbard.
The team of PJ Dave Group. This Gorup consists of 3 farms (1 on 2600m altitude and 2 on 1650 altiude) with a total of 130ha. They grow 32 varieties of single head intermediate and t hybrid roses and they mainly supply the dirext market. Their main markets are Europe, Middle East, Australia and Japan.
The team of PJ Dave Group. This Gorup consists of 3 farms (1 on 2600m altitude and 2 on 1650 altiude) with a total of 130ha. They grow 32 varieties of single head intermediate and t hybrid roses and they mainly supply the dirext market. Their main markets are Europe, Middle East, Australia and Japan.
The team of Aquila Flowers. This Kenyan growers cultivate roses in a 28 ha sized greenhouse. They mainly supply Holland and Australia direct.
The team of Aquila Flowers. This Kenyan growers cultivate roses in a 28 ha sized greenhouse. They mainly supply Holland and Australia direct.
Rinus and Martijn Bouwmand of BSI with Peter de Jong and Jan Ruhe of Vegpro. They are visiting the show.
Rinus and Martijn Bouwmand of BSI with Peter de Jong and Jan Ruhe of Vegpro. They are visiting the show.
The team of Zena Roses. They cultivate spray and standared roses and carnations in three farms (70ha) in Kenya. Due to summer period in Europe and Ramadan in the Middle East, the season is low.
The team of Zena Roses. They cultivate spray and standared roses and carnations in three farms (70ha) in Kenya. Due to summer period in Europe and Ramadan in the Middle East, the season is low.
Folkert Schoustra, Manou Aelmans and Gessina Hankanga of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. If Dutch companies have questions or need support regarding setting up a business or running a business in Kenya, they can contact Netherlands Business Hub.
Folkert Schoustra, Manou Aelmans and Gessina Hankanga of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. If Dutch companies have questions or need support regarding setting up a business or running a business in Kenya, they can contact Netherlands Business Hub.
Moses Khaemba of HortiPro. They supply greenhouses, irrigation, down liners and solar solutions to growers in Kenya.
Moses Khaemba of HortiPro. They supply greenhouses, irrigation, down liners and solar solutions to growers in Kenya.
Ayub Ahmed and Judy Otolo of Air Connection.This freight forwarding company transports all kinds of cargo, perishables as well as nonperishable.
Ayub Ahmed and Judy Otolo of Air Connection.This freight forwarding company transports all kinds of cargo, perishables as well as nonperishable.
Peter Viljoen of Sunland Roses talking with visitors.
Peter Viljoen of Sunland Roses talking with visitors.
Christos of Polyflower and Peter Viljoen of Sunland Roses.
Christos of Polyflower and Peter Viljoen of Sunland Roses.
The booth of Greenlife. They won the bronze award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
The booth of Greenlife. They won the bronze award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Alessandro Ghione of Nirp talking with visitors.
Alessandro Ghione of Nirp talking with visitors.
"Dave Zoetemelk of Celtic Cooling. According to Zoetemelk, growers are increasingly more using advanced cooling systems. "As more growers are supplying the direct market instead of the auction, they have to use their cold stores differently." More on this later in FloralDaily."
"Dave Zoetemelk of Celtic Cooling. According to Zoetemelk, growers are increasingly more using advanced cooling systems. "As more growers are supplying the direct market instead of the auction, they have to use their cold stores differently." More on this later in FloralDaily."
The team of Everest Enterprises. They grow 21 rose varieties in a 5ha sized greenhouse on Timau Mount Kenya. Their main markets are the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, which they supply directly. They also still supply the auction in the Netherlands. It is their first year at the IFTEX.
The team of Everest Enterprises. They grow 21 rose varieties in a 5ha sized greenhouse on Timau Mount Kenya. Their main markets are the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, which they supply directly. They also still supply the auction in the Netherlands. It is their first year at the IFTEX.
Bert Louwerse and Harry Rooyakkers of Blooming Africa. They grow hydrangeas and Delphiniums in a 1ha sized greenhouse. They mainly export to the Middle East directly and via the action in the Netherlands. The demand for delphiniums is high and therefore, they are planning to expand the greenhouse soon. More on this later in FloralDaily.
Bert Louwerse and Harry Rooyakkers of Blooming Africa. They grow hydrangeas and Delphiniums in a 1ha sized greenhouse. They mainly export to the Middle East directly and via the action in the Netherlands. The demand for delphiniums is high and therefore, they are planning to expand the greenhouse soon. More on this later in FloralDaily.
"Dickence Olwaga, Corne Kotze and Hezron Gatimy of Morgan Cargo. Gatimy also sees the trend in direct sales increasing. "We also see that more growers are exploring the far East, USA and the Middle East", he adds."
"Dickence Olwaga, Corne Kotze and Hezron Gatimy of Morgan Cargo. Gatimy also sees the trend in direct sales increasing. "We also see that more growers are exploring the far East, USA and the Middle East", he adds."
Art Wright of Panalpina Airflo. This freight forwarding company only focusses on perishables. They mainly transport cut flowers. They are currently working on a project with Martin air and FlowerWatch to deliver flowers under 500 degrees hours.
Art Wright of Panalpina Airflo. This freight forwarding company only focusses on perishables. They mainly transport cut flowers. They are currently working on a project with Martin air and FlowerWatch to deliver flowers under 500 degrees hours.
Mary Mwangi of Valentine Growers. They grow intermediate and t hybrid roses in a 17ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. Their main market is Europe, which they supply directly. According to Mwangi, the weather condition has made it a though year for several growers. More on this later in FloralDaily.
Mary Mwangi of Valentine Growers. They grow intermediate and t hybrid roses in a 17ha sized greenhouse in Kenya. Their main market is Europe, which they supply directly. According to Mwangi, the weather condition has made it a though year for several growers. More on this later in FloralDaily.
"Patrick Garner and John Tsoutsanis of Geerlofs. This company is active in Kenya for 20 years now. According to Garner, the cold chain management becomes more important. We work with a lot of companies to create an unbroken coldchain. The use of vacuum coolers becomes more popular", he says."
"Patrick Garner and John Tsoutsanis of Geerlofs. This company is active in Kenya for 20 years now. According to Garner, the cold chain management becomes more important. We work with a lot of companies to create an unbroken coldchain. The use of vacuum coolers becomes more popular", he says."
Matej Usenik of PrinTack.
Matej Usenik of PrinTack.
Chirag Dave of ND Project and Jan Vos of Priva were also visiting the show.
Chirag Dave of ND Project and Jan Vos of Priva were also visiting the show.
David Gitahi, Paul Kitheka and Bart Vlug of Kuehne + Nagel.
David Gitahi, Paul Kitheka and Bart Vlug of Kuehne + Nagel.
Stephen Gachoki of Vaselife, Mohamed Yusuf and Mohamed Iqbal of Dilpack Kenya.
Stephen Gachoki of Vaselife, Mohamed Yusuf and Mohamed Iqbal of Dilpack Kenya.
Narendra Kumar and Satish Kumar of Javva with Roshan Muthappa of Sathya Sai Farms. These greenhouse builders are conducting lot of projects in China. According to them, there is not much being build in Kenya at the moment.
Narendra Kumar and Satish Kumar of Javva with Roshan Muthappa of Sathya Sai Farms. These greenhouse builders are conducting lot of projects in China. According to them, there is not much being build in Kenya at the moment.
Bertho Meers of Mereg and Tom de Smedt of Hyplast.
Bertho Meers of Mereg and Tom de Smedt of Hyplast.
The roses of Olij Breeding.
The roses of Olij Breeding.
Fabian Philippart of FleurAfrica. He grows roses in a 35 sized greenhouse in Kenya. They are expanding the greenhouse by 5-10 ha a year till 70 ha. The greenhouse is equipped with Colombian technologies and they export directly to countries all over the world.
Fabian Philippart of FleurAfrica. He grows roses in a 35 sized greenhouse in Kenya. They are expanding the greenhouse by 5-10 ha a year till 70 ha. The greenhouse is equipped with Colombian technologies and they export directly to countries all over the world.
The booth of Amira. They won the golden award in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
The booth of Amira. They won the golden award in stand decoration in the non-perishables category.
Mattie Arielle of DecoFresh talking with visitors.
Mattie Arielle of DecoFresh talking with visitors.
"Ernst van den Berg of LiquidSeal. According to van den Berg, by using Liquidseal the vase life of roses, gerberas and carnations can be extended by 3-5 days. "Currently, the possibilities of transporting flowers by sea are being explored. Then the flowers will be on the boat for about 24 days. So, LiquidSeal can become of great value", he says."
"Ernst van den Berg of LiquidSeal. According to van den Berg, by using Liquidseal the vase life of roses, gerberas and carnations can be extended by 3-5 days. "Currently, the possibilities of transporting flowers by sea are being explored. Then the flowers will be on the boat for about 24 days. So, LiquidSeal can become of great value", he says."
"Eduard Eveleens of IPHandlers. For the second time IPHandlers is exhibiting at the IFTEX. "We just established the company about 3 years ago. We started with Colombia, Ecuador and Israel. Now, Kenya is becoming an increasingly important market for us", says Eveleens."
"Eduard Eveleens of IPHandlers. For the second time IPHandlers is exhibiting at the IFTEX. "We just established the company about 3 years ago. We started with Colombia, Ecuador and Israel. Now, Kenya is becoming an increasingly important market for us", says Eveleens."
Ohad Shafran of Danziger talking with visitors.
Ohad Shafran of Danziger talking with visitors.
Pieter Rienstra of Global Green Pact. Since a couple of months Elgon Kenya distributes the products of Global Green Pact in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
Pieter Rienstra of Global Green Pact. Since a couple of months Elgon Kenya distributes the products of Global Green Pact in Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.
Mohan Choudhery of Black Tulip talking with a visitor.
Mohan Choudhery of Black Tulip talking with a visitor.
The booth of Black Tulip attracted the attention of visitors.
The booth of Black Tulip attracted the attention of visitors.
Dimitris Doukas of Plastika Kritis and Vadera of Irrico.
Dimitris Doukas of Plastika Kritis and Vadera of Irrico.
The crowded booth of Chrysal.
The crowded booth of Chrysal.
Bereket Adane of Dudga Flora. This Ethiopian rose grower also visited the show.
Bereket Adane of Dudga Flora. This Ethiopian rose grower also visited the show.
Aglika Boneva of UV RER/ Anemo.
Aglika Boneva of UV RER/ Anemo.
The team of DSV.
The team of DSV.
The team of Turkish Cargo.
The team of Turkish Cargo.
Noel and Sandip Bhagat of Tuflex.
Noel and Sandip Bhagat of Tuflex.
Senthil Kumaran of Asthor.
Senthil Kumaran of Asthor.
Catherine Maina and Lilian Mugure of Fairtrade Africa.
Catherine Maina and Lilian Mugure of Fairtrade Africa.
Zhiming Xie and Snow Woo of Trinog-xs.
Zhiming Xie and Snow Woo of Trinog-xs.
Frans Ederveen and Ken Wangwe of FloraDelight. This company, that grows hydrangeas in Kenya, was established in 2007. The current farm covers an area of ± 20 hectares at an altitude of 2300 meters. They invested three years in creating hydrangeas that can grow in the Kenyan weather conditions. Currently they have 7 colors available and they want to grow to 10-12 colors. More on this later on FloralDaily.
Frans Ederveen and Ken Wangwe of FloraDelight. This company, that grows hydrangeas in Kenya, was established in 2007. The current farm covers an area of ± 20 hectares at an altitude of 2300 meters. They invested three years in creating hydrangeas that can grow in the Kenyan weather conditions. Currently they have 7 colors available and they want to grow to 10-12 colors. More on this later on FloralDaily.
The team of Amiran.
The team of Amiran.
The team of Amiran.
The team of Amiran.
Baraka Roses.
Baraka Roses.
Kevin Kumani of Kevin International, Timothy Mwangi of Baraka Roses and Jenny Tsai of Kevin International.
Kevin Kumani of Kevin International, Timothy Mwangi of Baraka Roses and Jenny Tsai of Kevin International.
Alessandro Ghione of Nirp, Sachin Appachu of Bliss Flora and Shivaji Wagh of Buds & Blooms.
Alessandro Ghione of Nirp, Sachin Appachu of Bliss Flora and Shivaji Wagh of Buds & Blooms.
Imane Idrissi and Serkan Timur of Istanbul Sera Platik. This Turkish based company was exhibiting at the show for the first time. They are already selling to 28 countries and are eager to enter the Kenyan market. They are looking for partnerships.
Imane Idrissi and Serkan Timur of Istanbul Sera Platik. This Turkish based company was exhibiting at the show for the first time. They are already selling to 28 countries and are eager to enter the Kenyan market. They are looking for partnerships.
Greenlife.
Greenlife.
Paul Wanderi of Panda Flowers.
Paul Wanderi of Panda Flowers.
The crowded booth of Chrysal.
The crowded booth of Chrysal.
Andre Martin and Nelly Ndoubad of Agripolyane.
Andre Martin and Nelly Ndoubad of Agripolyane.
The booth of Sanpac.
The booth of Sanpac.
Judith Zuurbier of Van Kleef Roses talking with a visitor.
Judith Zuurbier of Van Kleef Roses talking with a visitor.
Dave Hoekstra and Mark Duijnmayer of Koen Pack. According to Duijnmayer, the use of sleeve increased over the years and also the use of printed sleeves.
Dave Hoekstra and Mark Duijnmayer of Koen Pack. According to Duijnmayer, the use of sleeve increased over the years and also the use of printed sleeves.
The team of Cultural de Afrique Flowers. This summer flower grower's main markets are Holland and Australia.
The team of Cultural de Afrique Flowers. This summer flower grower's main markets are Holland and Australia.
The team of Waridi Creations. They buy fresh flowers from Kenyan growers and preserve them. They export these flowers to Japan, Russia and Poland. There is a large market for the rose heads and the roses on stem.
The team of Waridi Creations. They buy fresh flowers from Kenyan growers and preserve them. They export these flowers to Japan, Russia and Poland. There is a large market for the rose heads and the roses on stem.
James Thuo. Peter Thuo and Ruth Thou of Phinna Flowers. They grow abou 10 summer flower varieties on a 7ha sized open field. They currently supply the auction, but they are planning to sell directly.
James Thuo. Peter Thuo and Ruth Thou of Phinna Flowers. They grow abou 10 summer flower varieties on a 7ha sized open field. They currently supply the auction, but they are planning to sell directly.
Stella Kabiro and Almaz Ganiev of Milele Flowers. They export Kenyan flowers.
Stella Kabiro and Almaz Ganiev of Milele Flowers. They export Kenyan flowers.
Stacy Mwikali of Floriken Blooms. They grow roses and summer flowers on 20 acres (mostly outdoors). Their main export countries are China and the Middle East.
Stacy Mwikali of Floriken Blooms. They grow roses and summer flowers on 20 acres (mostly outdoors). Their main export countries are China and the Middle East.
The team of Rose Bunk Flowers.
The team of Rose Bunk Flowers.
Joshua Munene, Kevin Ochieng and Antony Wambua of Particle Blooms. They grow ruscus and leather ferns on 2 acres.
Joshua Munene, Kevin Ochieng and Antony Wambua of Particle Blooms. They grow ruscus and leather ferns on 2 acres.
Isaac Nyamweya and Milcah Nyasili of Rumiru Flowers. They consolidate Kenyan flowers and ship them mainly to Russia and Egypt.
Isaac Nyamweya and Milcah Nyasili of Rumiru Flowers. They consolidate Kenyan flowers and ship them mainly to Russia and Egypt.
The team of Benev Flora. They grow 3 hypericum varieties on 5ha open field. They mainly export to Russia, France, Italy and the Middle east directly and some flowers via the auction in Holland.
The team of Benev Flora. They grow 3 hypericum varieties on 5ha open field. They mainly export to Russia, France, Italy and the Middle east directly and some flowers via the auction in Holland.
The team of Rimi Flora. They grow hypericum on 5ha of land. At the end of the year, they will expand to 7/8 ha and they hope to have 15ha at the end of 2017. They recently added a gypsophila variety to their assortment; the My Pink.
The team of Rimi Flora. They grow hypericum on 5ha of land. At the end of the year, they will expand to 7/8 ha and they hope to have 15ha at the end of 2017. They recently added a gypsophila variety to their assortment; the My Pink.
Irene Nkatha Kaburu, Isabelle Henin Spindler and Aldric Spindler of Red Lands Roses.
Irene Nkatha Kaburu, Isabelle Henin Spindler and Aldric Spindler of Red Lands Roses.
Ohad Shafran and Idan Hanif holding the queen cut flower kalanchoes. At the show, they are looking for growers that are eager to grow them and they received some interested growers.
Ohad Shafran and Idan Hanif holding the queen cut flower kalanchoes. At the show, they are looking for growers that are eager to grow them and they received some interested growers.
Nobuya Kaishita of Chrysal was also visiting the show.
Nobuya Kaishita of Chrysal was also visiting the show.
Jacopo Parigiani of Cropnuts.
Jacopo Parigiani of Cropnuts.
Bridgette Verlinden and Frans Diedens of Ualoken Flowers were also visiting the show. They grow hypericum in Ethiopia.
Bridgette Verlinden and Frans Diedens of Ualoken Flowers were also visiting the show. They grow hypericum in Ethiopia.
Matti Arielle and Ketan Jerath from Omang and Amor. They were the winners in stand design in the perishables category.
Matti Arielle and Ketan Jerath from Omang and Amor. They were the winners in stand design in the perishables category.
Daniel Moge of Kimman Roses. This gypsophila grower mainly supplies the auction in the Netherlands.
Daniel Moge of Kimman Roses. This gypsophila grower mainly supplies the auction in the Netherlands.
Jeroen van der Hulst, Isaya Henia Muiru and David Dass of FlowerWatch. They are organizing training programmes for Kenyan growers too improve the vaselife of their flowers.
Jeroen van der Hulst, Isaya Henia Muiru and David Dass of FlowerWatch. They are organizing training programmes for Kenyan growers too improve the vaselife of their flowers.
Richard McGOnnel of WAC International.
Richard McGOnnel of WAC International.
Thomas Skaper of Carnation Plant, Maarten Dirk Koppenol of Marigold Farms and Marten Barel of Barel.
Thomas Skaper of Carnation Plant, Maarten Dirk Koppenol of Marigold Farms and Marten Barel of Barel.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
Imran, Esther Kaharir and Sirhan Khan of Carton Manufacturers.
Imran, Esther Kaharir and Sirhan Khan of Carton Manufacturers.
Ringo Veenman of Dümmen Orange.
Ringo Veenman of Dümmen Orange.
Eva Olbrich and Ronald van den Breevaart of Christmasworld were also visiting the show.
Eva Olbrich and Ronald van den Breevaart of Christmasworld were also visiting the show.
Francois in the booth of NAEB. In this booth of the Rwanda Government, three growers are presenting their products.
Francois in the booth of NAEB. In this booth of the Rwanda Government, three growers are presenting their products.
The 3D rose of NIRP.
The 3D rose of NIRP.
Titus Kung'u Mwangi of O-Hana Flora and Pedro Utreras and Jose Zavala of WorldWide Cargo.
Titus Kung'u Mwangi of O-Hana Flora and Pedro Utreras and Jose Zavala of WorldWide Cargo.
Onsando Jared of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.
Onsando Jared of Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service.
The team of Horticultural Crops Decorate.
The team of Horticultural Crops Decorate.
Crowded booth at East African Packaging Industries.
Crowded booth at East African Packaging Industries.
John Kowarskty of CargoLite. They have a new concept that prevents the boxes from crushing when they are stacked. More on this later in FloralDaily.
John Kowarskty of CargoLite. They have a new concept that prevents the boxes from crushing when they are stacked. More on this later in FloralDaily.
"Karel van Hattum of Jamafa. According to Hattum, the demand for sorting machines is increasing in Africa. "In Africa, a lot is being done manually. As they need to increase the quality of the flowers, due to the fierce competition, more growers are investing in a sorting machine. Besides increasing the quality, a sorting machine also saves labour", he says."
"Karel van Hattum of Jamafa. According to Hattum, the demand for sorting machines is increasing in Africa. "In Africa, a lot is being done manually. As they need to increase the quality of the flowers, due to the fierce competition, more growers are investing in a sorting machine. Besides increasing the quality, a sorting machine also saves labour", he says."
Karien Bezuidenhout of SAFEX. They export South African Flowers to Europe, mainly the Nehterlands, UK and Germany. Bezuidenhout sees an increasing demand for the Arctic Ice, due to its white color.
Karien Bezuidenhout of SAFEX. They export South African Flowers to Europe, mainly the Nehterlands, UK and Germany. Bezuidenhout sees an increasing demand for the Arctic Ice, due to its white color.
Hansa Flowers.
Hansa Flowers.
Miriam Njiiri and Joseph Mbuga of Multigrow. This is a group of 30 farmers of summer flowers.
Miriam Njiiri and Joseph Mbuga of Multigrow. This is a group of 30 farmers of summer flowers.
Ephiel Okoth, Elisabeth Njeri and Dennis Orono of Deneph Handlers and CargoTech. They export and transport flowers.
Ephiel Okoth, Elisabeth Njeri and Dennis Orono of Deneph Handlers and CargoTech. They export and transport flowers.
Ben Mwangi and Charles Mwangi of Afriscan. They grow hypericum on 40 acres and mainly export them directly to the Netherlands.
Ben Mwangi and Charles Mwangi of Afriscan. They grow hypericum on 40 acres and mainly export them directly to the Netherlands.
Kristen Sumi and Miriam Anyango of Fantasy Flora. They consolidate Kenyan flowers and export them to Europe, Russia, China, Egypt and Japan.
Kristen Sumi and Miriam Anyango of Fantasy Flora. They consolidate Kenyan flowers and export them to Europe, Russia, China, Egypt and Japan.
Leon Muasya of Floriken Blooms.
Leon Muasya of Floriken Blooms.
Lewis Mbugua of Rose Bunk Flowers.
Lewis Mbugua of Rose Bunk Flowers.
Shashi Kiran of FarmNXT, a supplier of Farm software.
Shashi Kiran of FarmNXT, a supplier of Farm software.
Nishidh Shah, Arshad Khan, Shuil Shah and Justus Metho of Molo Greens. The grow standard carnations and limoniums in a 20ha greenhouse in Kenya. They export to the auction in Holland and dirextly to the Middle East, Russia, Far East and Japan.
Nishidh Shah, Arshad Khan, Shuil Shah and Justus Metho of Molo Greens. The grow standard carnations and limoniums in a 20ha greenhouse in Kenya. They export to the auction in Holland and dirextly to the Middle East, Russia, Far East and Japan.
Nishidh Shah and Justus Metho of Molo Greens.
Nishidh Shah and Justus Metho of Molo Greens.
Margaret Kihia of Zaina Blooms. They export to the Netherlands, directly and to the auction.
Margaret Kihia of Zaina Blooms. They export to the Netherlands, directly and to the auction.
Mary of Munyu Floriculture Growers.
Mary of Munyu Floriculture Growers.
Judy Laboso of Tripple F Agencies. They consolidate and export leather ferns directly to Europe and the Middle East.
Judy Laboso of Tripple F Agencies. They consolidate and export leather ferns directly to Europe and the Middle East.
Linda Agisu of Greenbrook Flowers. They grow summer flowers on 20 acres and export direct and to the auction in the Netherlands.
Linda Agisu of Greenbrook Flowers. They grow summer flowers on 20 acres and export direct and to the auction in the Netherlands.
Pauline Asami of Tropical Plant Diagnostics.
Pauline Asami of Tropical Plant Diagnostics.
The innovation hall.
The innovation hall.
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Wilfay Flowers.
Wilfay Flowers.
Mohammad Emran and Alaá Ibrahim Alfayad of Abu Dhabi Fertilizer Industries. They are already exporting their products to 45 countries and are exhibiting at the show to find a distributor in Kenya.
Mohammad Emran and Alaá Ibrahim Alfayad of Abu Dhabi Fertilizer Industries. They are already exporting their products to 45 countries and are exhibiting at the show to find a distributor in Kenya.
Elly Oktech and Joseph Makori Ongeri of Imani Flowers. They grow summer flowers at 2 locations in Kenya. They mainly export to the auction in the Netherlands.
Elly Oktech and Joseph Makori Ongeri of Imani Flowers. They grow summer flowers at 2 locations in Kenya. They mainly export to the auction in the Netherlands.
Kelvin Mbugua and Lawrence Ngugi of Orgem Fresh Cut Flowers. Orgem is a new farm that is eager to cultivate hydrangeas. They are currently doing their first testes at their 8ha sized far, and they are planning to export their first flowers in 2 years.
Kelvin Mbugua and Lawrence Ngugi of Orgem Fresh Cut Flowers. Orgem is a new farm that is eager to cultivate hydrangeas. They are currently doing their first testes at their 8ha sized far, and they are planning to export their first flowers in 2 years.
Cartesia Blooms.
Cartesia Blooms.
Joyce Mwende of Royal FloraHolland and Agnes Njoi of Naivasha Horticultural Fair. This year's event shall be held from the 23rd - 24th of September 2016.
Joyce Mwende of Royal FloraHolland and Agnes Njoi of Naivasha Horticultural Fair. This year's event shall be held from the 23rd - 24th of September 2016.
The team of Barclays.
The team of Barclays.
Exhibition floor.
Exhibition floor.
Oasis Floralife Africa.
Oasis Floralife Africa.
Jing van der Veen and Jackline Mutunga of Mount Kenya Alstroemeria.
Jing van der Veen and Jackline Mutunga of Mount Kenya Alstroemeria.
Branan Flowers.
Branan Flowers.
Omni Agriculture.
Omni Agriculture.
The team of Credible Blooms.
The team of Credible Blooms.
Irene Njeru of mZurrie Flowers talking with Russian visitors: Andrey Severgin and Aleksey Ganichkin of Volga Flowers.
Irene Njeru of mZurrie Flowers talking with Russian visitors: Andrey Severgin and Aleksey Ganichkin of Volga Flowers.
The team of Salimar Flowers.
The team of Salimar Flowers.
Elias Derbew of Roshanara Roses.
Elias Derbew of Roshanara Roses.
Kevin Kimanu of Kevin International with the team of Oserian.
Kevin Kimanu of Kevin International with the team of Oserian.
Jpsiah Kimani, Andrew Ndungú, Elphas Simiyu of Stokman Rozen Kenya and Alejandro Umana of Ball.
Jpsiah Kimani, Andrew Ndungú, Elphas Simiyu of Stokman Rozen Kenya and Alejandro Umana of Ball.
The team of Greenspan.
The team of Greenspan.
The team of G.North Son.
The team of G.North Son.
Zack Gichane of Dilpack Kenya and Stephem Gachoki of Vaselife.
Zack Gichane of Dilpack Kenya and Stephem Gachoki of Vaselife.
Emily Biketi of Harvest Flowers.
Emily Biketi of Harvest Flowers.
Dennis Kariuki and Beth Wamuiga of Wilfire.
Dennis Kariuki and Beth Wamuiga of Wilfire.
The team of Vatan.
The team of Vatan.
Royal Greenhouse.
Royal Greenhouse.
Jumbolene Packaging.
Jumbolene Packaging.
Kathleen of Vermont Flowers.
Kathleen of Vermont Flowers.
Burundi Flowers.
Burundi Flowers.
Skanem Interlabels Nairobi.
Skanem Interlabels Nairobi.
The team of Twiga.
The team of Twiga.
Ann Gitary of Magana Flowers.
Ann Gitary of Magana Flowers.
Margaret Muthoni of Leekem.
Margaret Muthoni of Leekem.
Amit Shah of Healthline and Kanak Kota of JW Seagon.
Amit Shah of Healthline and Kanak Kota of JW Seagon.
Sngus ker of Tradecorp, Mahesh Gharma of Elgon Kenya and Richard McGonnel of WAC International.
Sngus ker of Tradecorp, Mahesh Gharma of Elgon Kenya and Richard McGonnel of WAC International.
Erik Spek of Jan Spek rozen. Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding and Sjenn…. Of Jan Spek Rozen.
Erik Spek of Jan Spek rozen. Philippe Veys of Olij Breeding and Sjenn…. Of Jan Spek Rozen.
The roses of InterPlant.
The roses of InterPlant.
The roses of Alani.
The roses of Alani.
The exhibition floor.
The exhibition floor.
Magnate Flowers.
Magnate Flowers.
Exhibition floor.
Exhibition floor.
SGS.
SGS.
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Loise Wanjiro of HPP exhibitions opened the ceremony.
Loise Wanjiro of HPP exhibitions opened the ceremony.
Dick van Raamsdonk.
Dick van Raamsdonk.
Jane M. Ngige of Kenya Flower Council. Just before the IFTEX, the company celebrated their 20th anniversary and presented their new logo. At the opening ceremony, they presented their new logo again.
Jane M. Ngige of Kenya Flower Council. Just before the IFTEX, the company celebrated their 20th anniversary and presented their new logo. At the opening ceremony, they presented their new logo again.
The opening ceremony
The opening ceremony
Richard Fox of Kenyan Flower Council.
Richard Fox of Kenyan Flower Council.
A lo of press at the Opening ceremony.
A lo of press at the Opening ceremony.
Zakayo Magara of Horticultural Crops Directorate.
Zakayo Magara of Horticultural Crops Directorate.
Greenlife won the bronze award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Greenlife won the bronze award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Broekhof won the silver award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Broekhof won the silver award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Amiran won the gold award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Amiran won the gold award in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Agrichem won was the winner in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Agrichem won was the winner in stand design in the non-perishables category.
Red Lands Roses won the bronze award in stand design in the perishables category.
Red Lands Roses won the bronze award in stand design in the perishables category.
Black Tulip won the silver award in stand design in the perishables category.
Black Tulip won the silver award in stand design in the perishables category.
Subati won the gold award in stand design in the perishables category.
Subati won the gold award in stand design in the perishables category.
Omang was the overall winner in stand design in the perishables category.
Omang was the overall winner in stand design in the perishables category.

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