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India: Flower business in Karnataka wilts

COVID-19 has literally nipped flowers in the bud. More than 2,000 floriculturists in Bengaluru Rural have suffered huge losses — estimated to be Rs 360 crore [50 million USD] — in the past three months. Summers are bloom time for flower growers. Most weddings and big-ticket events are scheduled in…

Doing business in Tanzania: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Tanzania. The Dutch government provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone…

Bank of Uganda

Uganda sees flower exports go down

Both exports and imports declined for the second month running, according to data from Bank of Uganda. This, according to the Central Bank, resulted from the global economic lockdowns that were necessitated by the need to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Flower exports fell to $3.2m (Shs12b) from $5.4m…

Auctioneer Amerik de Best, Royal FloraHolland

Alstroemerias a cut above at the auction clock

It was one of the first product groups for which the Royal FloraHolland supply regulation stopped, and so far this group is performing well on the clock. The product in question is the alstroemeria. Over the last weeks the demand and prices on the clock were pleasing. All in all it seems that this…

Interflora Australia

Australia: Demand for local flowers grows during COVID-19

Before COVID-19 struck, almost half the flowers sold in Australia were flown in from countries such as Kenya and Colombia, but lockdowns have effectively grounded air transport and put those markets out of reach. Despite dwindling overseas supply, some retailers are reporting sales increases of up to 400…

County Government of Kisumu

Kenya is building dams to end its cycle of floods and drought

Plagued by alternating floods and droughts partly brought on by changing weather patterns, Kenya’s government plans to build several new dams in a bid to improve water security and management in the East African nation. The National Treasury is expected to approve the development of the $868 million…

Clement Tulezi, Kenya Flower Council

"We need solutions now"

Due to a lack of air freight capacity, around 65 percent of what is usually being exported during this time of year is leaving Nairobi. Even though the farms are not operating at full capacity, all are open and therefore maintaining their workforce. They can hang in there for another couple of weeks, but if the situation does…

CAN (ON): Infectious disease emergency leave for workers extended

The Ontario government is taking steps to help ensure that as the economy gradually and safely reopens workers will have jobs to return to and businesses will be protected from incurring unsustainable termination costs. Today, the government announced that it has enacted a new regulatory amendment that…

Maximum amount of non-EU seasonal workers raised with 4500 by Finnish government

In its informal meeting on 29 May, the Finnish Government revised the maximum number of seasonal workers needed for harvesting by agricultural and horticultural enterprises. The Government decided that in addition to the entry of 4,500 seasonal workers, on which a decision was made earlier, a further…

Ascania-Flora

Ukraine starts official investigation against imports of fresh cut roses

On May 22, 2020, the Interdepartmental Commission on International Trade, the Ukrainian authority in charge of imposing trade remedy measures, initiated safeguard investigation against imports to Ukraine of fresh cut roses (HS code 0603 11 00: fresh roses suitable for bouquets or for decorative purposes).…

Expoflores

Ecuadoran flower sector to get $20 million credit for recovery

Ecuadoran flowers used to export 520 million dollars during the first part of the year, during the emergency, according to the president of Expoflores, exports has barely reached 11%. An encouraging picture was presented for Mother's Day where sales managed to rise to 40% but then the picture remained…

Fera

UK: Fera raises a clap to return of horticulture industry that protects environment

At the outset of Covid, panic food buying saw our vegetable shelves emptied sending many of us to our local garden centres to buy seed. A combination of ‘Digging for Britain’ and the Good life. The lockdown then closed our garden centres and seed, as with all things, mostly became available to the public…

UK global tariff and horticulture

Once we exit the current transition period at the end of December 2020, businesses may have to pay tariffs to bring goods into the UK, depending on where you are bringing them…

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US: Nurseries making overtime to meet demand

As people are home with little to do, gardening has become an increasingly appealing option. So much so, that area nurseries and greenhouses in Minnesota are exhausting their supply and closing for the season, much earlier than prior years. “Flowers are going fast," said Catherine Meder at Green Lake…

Shanghai floral market slowly recovering

Worldwide the floral industry is hit hard by Covid-19. As one of the first countries to control the virus, China’s economy is gradually recovering, Mr. Austin Gu from Cydiance, went to the Shanghai Jinhui Road floral market and made a small video report on the current conditions there. Austin said: “This…

‘Lean’ times for landscaping in Australia?

For wholesale nurseries specialising in ornamental lines for landscaping clients, COVID-19 has resulted in business uncertainty. However, the landscaping industry is quietly optimistic that the worst may be over.   by Gabrielle Stannus   When COVID-19 initially broke out in Australia, Carl Heyne, General Manager of Heyne’s Wholesale…

UK: How florists and flower farmers have adapted to lockdown

Anyone who works with flowers is used to emotions; a laugh, a smile or a tear is never very far away. Thanks to the lockdown, ­however, life has been even more of an…

Survey reveals

"It is expected that growers will soon recover after crisis"

Nearly three-quarters (71%) believe that most growers will soon recover after this crisis, a new survey of grower associations, by the International Association of…

UK: New Covent Garden Flower Market to re-open on Monday 15 June

The board of the New Covent Garden Market is delighted to share the good news that New Covent Garden Flower Market is set to re-open on Monday 15 June. To enable the market to open safely we’ve had to make some changes. Click here to see all changes.  Some pictures of last year's British Flowers Week (Photo…

International Flower Festival in New York praised the work of Elmhurst Hospital

Flowers of Colombia paid tribute to a New York Hospital

“Flowers of Colombia continues to pay tribute to those who through effort and dedication have contributed to the well-being of society during the pandemic. On this occasion, we wanted to support the emotional and mental well-being of the Elmhurst Hospital staff in New York, one of the institutions that…

New free Plant Education Grants Resource

Seed Your Future announced the launch of its new free online Plant Education Grants Resource. This is the newest resource from Seed Your Future, a coalition of more than 200…

Greenlife Industry Australia President's Report May 2020

Flying a kite

This month, rather than reporting on what has happened in the last few weeks, I want to start a conversation. I want to hear your thoughts, so please email me at president@greenlifeindustry.com.au.…

Spain: "Before the housing bubble, there was a cut flower bubble"

Miguel Lázaro, a flower grower from Cádiz, predicted the consequences that the health crisis would have on the flower sector, and switched from ornamental plants to watermelon cultivation when the coronavirus was giving its first blows. However, many other flower growers in the province who continued…

"Huge demand" for Indian roses in Europe, Middle East

Although roses are in demand throughout the year, they fetch a higher price from Christmas season onwards extending up to New Year and more particularly on Valentine's Day…

Thomas Jurkowski

Tanzania horticulture exports hurt by border closures

Horticulture is one of Tanzania’s economic pillars, but now the closure of the border between Tanzania and Kenya has hit Dar’s horticulture sector - due to long delays at the…

State House Kenya

Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya. The Dutch government provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved with agribusiness in Kenya. The agriculture team of the Netherlands embassy can answer further questions via nai-lnv@minbuza.nl.…

GIMA

Vicky Nuttall, GIMA

"Let's come out of this situation stronger as the sector re-awakens"

As I write this column we’ve just had confirmation that garden centres in England and Wales can reopen which is great news for all concerned, and hopefully Scotland and Northern Ireland won’t be too far behind. But where does that leave us for the rest of the season? What will be the ‘new normal’ for…

U.S. mass-market floral industry explores sea transport, use of consolidation centers

The popularity of sea shipping is on the rise for several years now and the COVID-19 crisis seem to fuel this trend. During the May 27 virtual Floral Roundtable hosted by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), floral retailers, growers, transportation and processing experts discussed logistics of sea…

Interactive houseplant map reveals the #UrbanJungle capitals of the world

Millennials have purportedly ‘killed’ many things; but, not the humble houseplant. So it’s no surprise that plant-related hashtags (like #PlantParenthood, #IndoorJungle and #HousePlantClub) are taking over Instagram. One of the most popular hashtags of them all is #UrbanJungle, with over 3 million posts.…

UK: HTA Launches New App

The HTA has today launched a new mobile App, to give horticulture businesses access to up-to-date industry information, resources, and training opportunities. The HTA App can be downloaded for free…

FNGLA

Shawn Thomas, FNGLA:

"We're starting to see some progression"

Welcome to the end of May and beginning of June! We’re starting to see some progression in getting back to work – so this is positive. I hope everybody is staying well - and busy. by Shawn Thomas, Sabal Landscape Solutions Many of FNGLA’s Chapters have adapted beautifully by pivoting to host online…

McKay Savage

India: Flower trade withers sans alternative business site

Ever since the Koyambedu market was shut down about a month ago, flower traders and employees say they have been hit hard. Flower merchants have been running from pillar to post seeking an alternative site to continue their business. Mookaiyan, secretary of Koyambedu Flower Wholesale Market Association,…

Tony's Wholesale Flowers

Global flower industry suffers $1.5b loss, but Australian industry may bloom as a result

Countries around the world are suffering as pandemic restrictions affect the trade of flowers, causing leading export countries like Kenya to lose millions of dollars while tonnes of flowers wilt and rot. But the drop in international flower trade may offer a windfall for Australian farmers. Almost half…

The impact of the floral industry in countries like Colombia and Ecuador

Do you know the impact the floral industry has in Latin America? Specifically in Colombia and Ecuador? At Verdissimo, they wondered about just that, resulting in this review of the Colombian and Ecuadorian flower sector, where they provide data of the industry in both countries, talk about the support…

WorkSafeBC announces additional support for employers impacted by COVID-19

WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums for employers who are approved to receive the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) for furloughed workers (employees on leave with full or…

Garden Avenue Greenhouse

US (MT): Greenhouse seeing rising demand for garden supplies

According to Garden Avenue Greenhouse & Garden Center in Billings, demand for home garden supplies has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. While some people have turned to movies, video games, and adopting new pets, others have started their own gardens during self-isolation. Garden Avenue Greenhouse’s…

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Malaysian floral businesses face staff shortage, supply disruptions and drop in revenue

Loosening of restrictions during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) has brought little relief to the floral industry in Malaysia. However, many dealers saw a slight increase in sales as gifts were sought for Mother’s Day. Cameron Highlands Floriculturists Association president Lee Peng Fo said…

Nini Flowers

How the crisis affects both ends of the supply chain

Famed for its vibrant roses, carnations and summer flowers, Kenya is one of the biggest flower exporters in the world. So with global transport networks at a halt, UK florists like Tanith Fix-James have been left to trade on limited supply. But what of the 70,000 flower farmers in Kenya whose livelihoods…

NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team

Kenya: Nakuru County Government concerned over job loss at flower farms

Nakuru County Government has expressed its concern over the rising cases of job losses in the flower farms in Naivasha in the last two months. According to the county, this is a major blow to the national economy as the sector was among the leading revenue contributors and employer. This emerged when the…

Kunming: The Spring City and its successful flower story

Kunming is known as the "Spring City" because there is no severe cold in winter, no high temperature in summer, and four seasons there are like spring. In 2016, Kunming proposed to build a city brand of "The World's Spring Flower City" with its positioning and upgrading, so that Spring City's "flower…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Supply of A2 quality possible again at Veiling Rhein-Maas

Due to the current market situation, Veiling Rhein-Maas will allow the supply of potted plants in A2 quality to the auction again from Monday 25 May 2020 onwards. The supply of potted plants in B quality is still not possible. For the supply of A2 quality, the following general conditions apply. Rules for the supply…

Nikiforov Oleg

Kenya to link Chinese-built modern railway to central region line

Kenya is in the final stages of linking Chinese-built modern railway to an older line in the agriculture-rich central region to ensure commodities are easily transported to…

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Effects of COVID19 on agribusiness in Colombia, Peru & Ecuador

The Dutch government has provided the following update of the most relevant developments so far in Colombia, Peru & Ecuador related to COVID-19 and the effects on the…

Agroberichten Buitenland

Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya. The Dutch government provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone…

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Local apparel and floriculture firms in sub-Saharan Africa

Technological capabilities, upgrading, and value capture in global value chains

Many local firms in sub-Saharan African countries are failing to enter and upgrade in new manufacturing and agribusiness export sectors. A new study argues that we need to look more closely at the costly, risky, and uncertain firm-level processes of building capabilities in order to understand this…

EU Science Hub

Government guidelines

UK: Importing plants that could host Xylella fastidiosa, canker stain of plane and elm yellows

You must follow this guide if you’re bringing certain types of plants into the UK from EU member states and third countries. The rules set out in this guide help prevent the diseases Xylella fastidiosa, Ceratocystis platani (canker stain of plane) and Candidatus Phytoplasma ulmi (elm yellows) coming into…

Corona crisis: country updates

In this article you will find an update from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), who are involved in the crisis measures surrounding the Coronavirus and informs Royal…

Society of American Florists

US: SAF surveys show strong Mother's Day results

Yesterday, we published the positive Mother’s Day florist results of the survey conducted by Florenext. Also the floral industry and consumer studies conducted by the Society of American Florists (SAF) show overwhelmingly positive Mother's Day sales results despite a global pandemic.  More than 90 percent…

some categories emerging as leaders

U.S. retailers expect summer floral sales to be strong

Retailers who participated in Produce Marketing Association’s May 20 Virtual Floral Roundtable say that optimism is strong for summer and fall floral sales. Several expect certain categories to continue to g…

An interview with Esteban Chiriboga, Ecoroses

How the coronavirus has impacted the rose industry in Ecuador

In Ecuador, roses are one of the top exports and contributor to its economy. This pandemic however has decreased the production and exportation of roses to countries around the globe. At Virgin Farms Direct, a US flower importer, they interviewed Esteban Chiriboga, President of Ecoroses, their top rose…

US (NY): Horticulture and landscaping operations permitted to reopen statewide

As New York State begins to reopen under Governor Cuomo’s NY Forward plan, the horticulture industry, which includes greenhouse operations, nurseries, sod farms, and…

Lockdown easing in Europe revives Kenyan flower industry

Kenya’s flower industry is recovering from a near-collapse as European movement restrictions ease and Dutch auctions report an up-tick in operations. Europe’s biggest supplier…

World Bee Day will be celebrated on May 20

"75% of crops worldwide depend on pollinators"

On May 20, the world will celebrate bees, one of the insects that most actively contributes to the global population's food security and nutrition, as 75% of the world's crops depend on pollinators like them. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), “some…

China: The flower economy "unfreezes", they survived

The rising temperature has moved people to go out and enjoy the flowers, and also ignited the "frozen" flower economy for a long time. On the first day of the "May Day" holiday, Shanghai City Park received a total of about 515,000 tourists, and the suburban parks received about 45,000 visits. At the same…

EKN Tanzania

Doing business in Tanzania: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Tanzania. The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) provides an…

Floral donations in all shapes and sizes

Donations in all shapes and sizes are being initiated by the floral industry. Colombian flower export association continues donating flowers, this time for the Day of the Teacher, Decowraps supports the CDC Foundation's COVID-19 response efforts by their new packaging and of course the front line…

Industry responds

USDA will provide up to $2.1 billion in direct payments to specialty crop producers

As part of the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture  announced that it will provide up to $2.1 billion in direct payments to specialty crops producers.…

Mother’s Day Florist Results 2020

North America: 84% of the florists reported a better than expected Mother's Day

Mother's Day this year was probably the most unusual holiday ever. But how was the day for the North American florist? Florenext surveyed florists and it seem to have been a successful holiday.  In short, we see that Mother's Day was better than expected for 84% of the florists, The majority of the orders…

Gerard Schouwenaar, Orchard Park Growers, on the impact of COVID-19

Ontario grower expects higher May sales, prolonged season

With demand stronger than ever, less staff and already planting for the next season, they're working overtime at Orchard Park Growers, a Canadian propagator and finished plants grower in Ontario. After a horrible April, owner Gerard Schouwenaar is relieved with this uplift, and he and his employees are…

Kenyan flower farms receive Fairtrade Premium boost to support workers

Workers from Kenya’s flower industry in the last month received Sh27.4 million in food and hygiene material support following the effects of Covid-19, which has drastically…

India: Flowers ending up as ‘cheap cattle feed’ — floriculturists turn to fruits as trade wilts

Floriculturists across the country are reeling under the effects of a near-complete halt in weddings, religious ceremonies and events in India since 25 March, when the…

India: The floral connection of South Sikkim

For most people flowers symbolise hope, love, compassion, courage and many more, but for floriculturists, flowers are a source of livelihood. Presently, India is facing…

starting May 24th

CAN (QC): Garden centres, farm sales and florists to open on Sundays

Garden centres, farm sales and florists in Quebec, Canada, will be able to open on Sundays starting May 24th, FIHOQ announced on their website.  "The usual regulations regarding…

EHPEA

Ethiopia secures $400 million from horticulture export

Ethiopia has exported $400 million worth of horticulture goods during the first nine months of the current budget year of Ethiopia, which began July 8, 2019. This is indicated by the Ministry of Agriculture Horticulture Support Director Mekonnen Solomon, who spoke to The Ethiopian Herald. Currently some…

Holex increases exports to China

China's 520 Valentine's Day uplifts international flower sales

It is May 20 today, or in short 520, and in Chinese, when pronouncing these numbers it sound like 'I love you.' Several years ago, Chinese eCommerce started to exploit this date to push online sales. And as it is a holiday to celebrate love, flowers cannot miss out. It has become an important day for the…

AgroIran

A Mini-Keukenhof in Iran with Dutch tulip bulbs

With 2.1 million tulips planted in just over 3 hectares, the ‘Kondor village laleh (tulip) festival’, at just one hour drive of Teheran, has become a tourist attraction on its own for its multicolored tulips carpeting the rocky hilltops. A man by the name of Mr. Pahlevani, meaning ‘hero’ in Persian, has…

COVID-19 leaves Gaza flower farmers struggling to survive

"I used to feed my six children from the flower trade. Look at me now. Heavily indebted," Maher Abu Daqqa, a farmer from the southern city of Khan Younis, told Anadolu Agency.…

Russia: Kaluga region restores flower production

The head of the region, Mr. Vladislav Shapsha visited CJSC Rose Hill during his visit to Borovsk region. The enterprise has been growing roses in accordance with the Dutch technology since 2008. The acreage comprises 14 ha. The enterprise can boast the equipment enabling a high level of productivity. In…

Glendoick Garden Centre

Garden centres will not be allowed to open in Scotland until after 28 May

The Scottish Government has announced that garden centres will not be allowed to open in Scotland until after the 28th of May. Garden centres in Wales and England re-opened last week, while garden centres in Northern Ireland are re-opening this week. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Chairman,…

Tim Scalongne, Hasfarm FleuraMetz Flowers Ltd.

Mother's Day in China: "Good demand across the board"

The floral industry is picking up in China for several weeks now and Mother's Day (May 10) boosted the sales. It seems it has been a holiday with pleasing sales across the board. "Normally, Carnations are the main flower gift for Mother's Day, but this year lilies and other items also sold well", says…

Mindauga Dulinska

Kenya: Logistics companies are still reeling from COVID-19

In Kenya, perishable exports have taken a huge loss following last-minute flight cancellations. Of course, the whole world is grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic that…

Peter Vaughan, Greenlife Industry Australia:

"We must continue to remain vigilant in how the industry businesses continue to practice"

"As the COVID-19 situation continues to stabilise and restrictions are eased, we must continue to remain vigilant in how the industry businesses continue to practice and…

GIMA welcomes UK Government-backed trade credit insurance guarantee

Earlier this week, the UK government confirmed that it will step in to prop up the trade credit insurance market, bringing welcome relief to GIMA members and other suppliers…

Not enough freight capacity

Mother's Day floral sales not so booming for Colombia this year

Mother’s Day floral sales exceed expectations in the US. However, in Colombia, they did not seem to have felt this boom. Grower Diana Cristina Henao Osorio of Uniflor explains that their flowers could not be shipped as there was not enough air freight capacity.  "The Colombian flower market is receiving this…

Corona crisis: country updates

In this article you will find an update from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), who are involved in the crisis measures surrounding the Coronavirus and informs Royal…

US (MI): Growers ask Governor to reopen flower shops before Memorial Day weekend

A letter has been sent to Gov. Whitmer by Great Lakes Floral Association EVP / CEO Rodney Crittenden, advocating for the reopening of flower shops before Memorial Day weekend.…

Agnieszka Murawska

Massive visits in garden centers in Poland

Tired with lockdown and without perspective for travels abroad Poles visited garden centres to buy ornamental plants for their gardens and balconies. In Poland garden centres were - not like in many other countries - open during the whole lockdown. And with first warm days Poles showed their longing for…

Hivos

A sector worth billions whose employees now lack food and jobs

High food prices and loss of income have emerged as the major concerns for women working on flower farms in Kenya. A rapid assessment of the effects of COVID-19 by Hivos East Africa Women@Work indicates that food security is a major concern mainly due to job losses and increasing food prices. by Caroline…

Adene's Farm Flowers

Covid-19 disrupts African flower producers

On her company’s farm in the fruit-growing Breede River Valley in the Western Cape, Adene Nieuwoudt’s usually neat dahlia plantations resemble a small jungle. The soft pastel and deep burgundy blooms have become too heavy for the thin stems, and they’ve fallen over. "We’re not picking flowers any more,"…

Oserian

Kenya: Oserian sends 800 on unpaid leave

Oserian flower firm has placed more than 800 workers on unpaid leave after the staff declined a 50 percent pay after the coronavirus hit flower exports. The workers declined the offer to defer half of their salaries until the end of coronavirus to ease the financial impact of the pandemic. The deadlock…

Retailers optimistic about summer sales opportunities

U.S. Mother’s Day floral sales exceed expectations

“We sold everything but the display fixtures!” and “Our sales manager said she sold the dirt off the floor!”. These are quotes just off some of the retailers that participated in the Produce Marketing Association’s virtual Floral Roundtable on May 13, 2020. In last Wednesday's session, they discussed…

Pxfuel

Floral industry in full bloom in east China

As flowers start to bloom in his rose garden, Zhang Ji is preparing to welcome a busy season of over 1,000 visitors every day. The visitors will take selfies and enjoy rose…

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Effects of COVID-19 on agribusiness in Colombia, Peru & Ecuador

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Latin America and the Caribbean at a very weak moment. Ecuador would be the second most affected country in the region, only behind Mexico. The…

Eyal Inbar, Histil, on how they are dealing with COVID-19

"Herbs and ornamentals hit hard, grafted vegetable demand spiked"

The re-opening of the garden centers in the UK, as well as in several countries, is a big relief for many. Also for Israeli young plant grower Hishtil. As for most in the industry, March has been a challenging month for them with growers throwing away many plants and therefore cancelling their herb and…

KF Bioplants introducing novelties:

India: "COVID-19 might increase national demand for new variety of pot plants"

In India, the flower industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 situation. They are mainly used for the large weddings and as many have been cancelled, demand dropped…

"some Polish workers have stayed, others are not coming"

Dutch growers deal with labour issues due to COVID-19 outbreak

Labour has always been a tricky issue, but these days with the Coronavirus problem it is even more so than usual. In the greenhouse vegetables, harvesting must continue and in the ornamental horticulture sector, where the hardest blows are currently taking place, the labour demand also decreases with the…

Industry's initiatives to keep flowers and plants top of mind

Floral promotions, donations, campaigns and the list goes on

All over the world, the list of floral initiatives is growing. Not only initiatives to promote and showcase the flower industry to the world are arising, donations of flowers as well as healthcare product donations from the flower industry are too. Below again some recent activities that can be added to…

Auctioned transaction at Kunming flower market up 30.9 pct

A total of 8.81 million stems of flowers were transacted Wednesday via the electronic auction services of the Kunming Dounan Flower Market, Asia's largest fresh cut flower…

NFU

'Lifeline' for plant and flower growers as British garden centres set to reopen

Following the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on 10 May, the government has confirmed that garden centres in England will be allowed to reopen from 13 May. Garden…

Kispiox Creations

CAN (BC): Flower grower fights for the right to sell at farmers markets

Jim Fowler of Kispiox Creations is growing frustrated with rules governing farmers’ markets and those who make them. Farmers’ markets were declared an essential service by the Government of BC. in March, but were restricted to food sales. Fowler said he has written to the BC CDC and the Ministry of…

Royal FloraHolland

Demand for auction trolleys at Royal FloraHolland returned to normal level

The warm spring weather continues and luckily sellers of flowers and plants in Western Europe are starting to open their doors again. This leads to more supply and trade, as a…

Australian production nurseries sold 2 billion plants last year

The nursery industry continues to be a significant contributor to the Australian horticulture industry and the wider Australian economy. According to the Nursery Industry Statistics 2018-19 report, the Australian greenlife production industry is currently valued at approximately $2.44 billion and employs…

Norway and Finland reopen their borders to seasonal laborers

The Norwegian government has decided to allow certain overseas seasonal laborers into the country again. These are those working in the agricultural and floricultural sectors.…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

Auctioning flowers and plants 1 hour earlier; Monday 25 May and Tuesday 2 June 2020

Royal FloraHolland sees that trade is slowly recovering and volumes are moving towards the ‘usual’ level again. In particular, the number of transactions has increased, as well as the density. In order to ensure that Royal FloraHolland can deliver the products in time - via the processes adjusted to a…

India: Floriculture federation appeals for relief package from government

High tech floriculture, hit by COVID-19 pandemic, is in dire need of relief and stimulus, lest its survival is at stake, according to the Krishnagiri Floriculture Federation.…

Olav Boenders, Wagagai, on the lockdown and the importance of Fairtrade

Uganda: "We tried to see it all as a big sleepover party"

After a five-week complete lockdown, Uganda is gradually opening up, enabling several companies to pick up business again. For cutting farm Wagagai, the timing of lifting the lockdown is a blessing in disguise, as it is just in time for their busy poinsettia cutting season. "Over the last weeks, the…

Chinese flower grower:

"No layoffs or wage cuts during these hard times"

Even though he is enduring economic losses of more than 500,000 yuan due to the coronavirus epidemic, Li Xiangjun, owner of a flower cultivation base in Dandong, northeast…

Colombia's floral industry featured on CNN

"Losing Mother's Day will affect the company the rest of the year"

In a episode of CNN, Colombia's floral industry was featured. Like many other flower producing countries, the growers in this country are hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. CNN's Stefano Pozzebon reports from Bogota, where he visited rose farm Flores Las Acacias to the impact of the low demand on the…

Maren Schoormans, Viscon Group:

"If we can bridge the gap between technology and reality, the sky is the limit for horticulture"

Last month Maren Schoormans joined Viscon Group as Chief Business Development Officer. He started in the middle of the corona crisis, but that doesn’t stop him looking ahead in the article below in which he tackles some biases, shares his own (biased) prediction, touches on local prediction and the role…

International Nurses Day celebrated with flowers

Yesterday was International Nurses Day. To show gratitude to nurses around the world, flowers were donated in various ways.  EcuadorIn Ecuador, Taylor Skye owns a business in preserved and dried flowers. Together with floral designers Floratorium and Pic and Petal she created a floral installation in New York…

"Excellent Mother's Day week" at Veiling Rhein-Maas

Veiling Rhein-Maas has realised a high-turnover Mother's Day week in 2020, despite the current Corona crisis. Mother's Day business was very successful regarding all market channels as well as logistical procedures and followed on from the good Easter business. The importance of Mother's Day business…

10 out of the 70 ha under water

Kenya: Van Den Berg Roses' dealing with floods due to heavy rainfall

It is rainy season in Kenya and this year, the rainfall has been heavier than usual, resulting in Lake Naivasha overflowing and affecting the nearby farm Van Den Berg Roses.…

USDA files action against California company for alleged PACA violations

As part of its efforts to enforce the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and ensure fair trading practices within the U.S. produce industry, the U.S. Department of…

n.parekhcards

Floriculture in India impacted as weddings are postponed

In India, flowers are primarily used for weddings and religious ceremonies. The wedding season runs from February until May and in November and December. The wedding industry turnover is around USD 40 – 50 billion and among the biggest sources of income for the floriculture sector. As COVID-19 led to…

IFAB

Indian flower auction hit by COVID-19 woes

Every morning, seven days a week, agents representing large flower merchants across India assemble at the IFAB auction house in Hebbal (Bengaluru) to assess the quality “stems” wheeled in the previous evening. At half-past-eight, the auction house opens its intranet-linked bidding counters and agents are…

Seed Your Future

US: Horticulture Scholarship Search Tool connects students to financial support

Seed Your Future announced the launch of its new free online Horticulture Scholarships Search Tool to help students find scholarships to support their education and training in horticulture. This is the newest resource from Seed Your Future, a coalition of more than 200 partners — including horticulture…

Rose Bazaar

Meet the sister-entrepreneurs disrupting India's flower industry

If picking up the newspaper starts the day in most countries across the world, in India, there’s often a garland of flowers waiting to be picked up as well. They are used to make offerings during the daily puja, and many women wear them. Bengaluru-based startup Rose Bazaar attempts to modernise this…

Mila Mirkovic

Serbians are going back to gardening

The production of veggies (tomatoes, peppers and spices) in the back gardens has become a real hit among city folks in Serbia. Strict measures implemented in Serbia to combat the coronavirus (daily curfew and locked down weekend) resulted in the discovery of this new hobby among many residents of big…

from propagation to the grower to the consumer

The journey of dracaena marginata

Houseplants are hot and the demand is stronger than ever. But how did the trend start, how did it develop, and how are the plants propagated, distributed and grown? In an article published recently, Michael Perry, a.k.a. Mr. Plant Geek describes it all and puts special focus on the dracaena, the dragon…

Ninara31

Kenya: Sacked flower farm workers find footing in worms trade

When former flower farm worker Wanjiru Nguru was laid off after the Covid-19 outbreak hit the horticulture sector, she was staring at a bleak future and a life full of uncertainties. For days, she agonised over her next move until a friend gave her a business idea — earthworm harvesting. Now, Ms Nguru is…

The importance of a 13-week cash flow forecast

It is no secret that the recent pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy, pressuring businesses across the green industry to take severe measures to “weather the…

Ian Capper

English garden centres to reopen, Scottish not yet

The UK Government has announced the opening of garden centres in England. The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) Chairman, James Barnes, comments: “We welcome the UK Government’s announcement that garden centres will be allowed to reopen from Wednesday. We are in peak season, when 70% of plants sold…

List of donation campaigns continues to grow

Plants and flowers make life of first responders and elderly a little brighter

Here are another three initiatives from companies donating flowers to people caring for elderly people who are lonely at this time, or caring for people who are sick, all due to the Coronavirus. CaliforniaA San Diego greenhouse grower donated thousands of plants to the area's first responders. The multi…

Nhan Dan

Vietnamese flower capital bustles again

Me Linh flower market has been bustling again since the lockdown period was lifted in Ha Loi Hamlet. Joy has returned to the faces of people from the flower gardens to every…

CS James Macharia, EGH

Kenya in talks with 12 airlines to support horticulture exports

Kenya has approached 12 airlines to complement the efforts of its national carrier to keep its horticulture export business afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said it was necessary to maintain the business so as to receive income to fund the government’s…

"Modern farming technologies in floriculture can be game changer"

Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmed Khan, maintained that Jammu and Kashmir has huge potential for floriculture activities with modern farming technologies as game…

Dutch flower exports down by over one-quarter in March

In March 2020, the export value of horticultural products such as flowers, plants, bulbs and nursery products declined by 22 percent year-on-year. The export of cut flowers dropped by 26 percent. The largest decline was seen in horticultural exports to Italy. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands…

Ministry of Health, Kenya

Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya. Agroberichten Buitenland provides an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved with agribusiness in Kenya. The agriculture team of the Netherlands embassy can answer further questions via nai-lnv@minbuza.nl.…

Francesco Mati, Ornamental Plant Nursery District of Pistoia:

Italy: "Plant Nursery District of Pistoia urgently needs financial support"

Francesco Mati, president of the Ornamental Plant Nursery District of Pistoia, launches an appeal to the Italian Government and local administrations: "There is no more time, nurseries have run out of resources and will soon have to lay off employees". In the last 2 months, due to the Coronavirus…

ENA

COVID-19 inflicts close to 25 million USD loss on Ethiopian horticulture

Ethiopia has lost about 25 million USD from the horticulture sub-sector since the outbreak of the global COVID-19, according to the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer-Exporters Association. Ethiopian Horticulture Producer-Exporters Association (EHPEA) Executive Director, Tewodros Zewdie said even if “detail…

Royal FloraHolland

Ornamental horticulture emergency fund scheme offers Dutch companies perspective

The details of the Dutch horticultural emergency fund have been released. The first 30 percent of the loss of turnover in the period 12th March to 11th June is at the own risk of the affected companies. Of the remaining 70 percent of the loss of turnover, 70 percent will be compensated with a maximum…

Make it Mother's May!

The Mother's Day rush is officially over, or not? Yesterday, Mother's Day was celebrated in many parts of the world. It is a big holiday for the flower industry, but is usually followed by a dip in sales. So why not make it Mother's May instead of Mother's Day, several thought.  Star Roses and Plants, for example launched a “Make…

Herry Lawford

UK garden centres expected to reopen from 13 May

Regarding the news that garden centres in the UK are to be allowed to reopen again from May 13, the Horticultural Trades Association has shared the following statement: “We welcome the news that garden centres will be allowed to open from Wednesday in England. This is a hugely positive economic move and…

Fytagora

€10 million aid package approved for Greek floriculture sector

The European Commission has approved a €10 million Greek State aid scheme to support the floriculture primary production sector in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework adopted by the Commission on 19 March 2020, as amended on 3 April…

Recap of PMA's May 6 Virtual Town Hall

US: "Supermarkets need to encourage floral impulse buys"

The supermarkets in the US are adapting to the new shopping patterns, but the need to encourage impulse buys is high. Over the last 5-8 years, impulse sales have been…

Celebrating Mother's Day during the pandemic: What will the effects be on sales?

It will be a Mother's Day like no other. In many countries, it will be celebrated on May 10 this year, and in every country, the run-up to this Mother's Day has been or still is different and more challenging than other years. But how will the sales be? Will mothers be praised even more during this…

Hivos

Covid-19 ravages women’s jobs on horticulture farms

Casual workers have suffered the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as most farm owners have shut the door for non-resident workers despite them constituting the majority workers on most farms, as a way to curb the spread of the virus. The Zimbabwean government announced a nationwide lockdown in the wake of…

Despite a big bloom of flowers, Indian growers reap misery

Over three thousand floriculture farmers in the tri-State junction of Kuppam are staring at a bleak future, with business coming to a halt across Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and…


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