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East African flower industry benefits from $146 million private equity boost

Pan-African private equity manager, Exeo Capital, has announced the final close of their second food and agribusiness fund, Agri-Vie Fund II, at US$146 million–showing growth of nearly 50% on the size of the first fund. Herman Marais, Managing Partner at Exeo Capital, says that this growth is a testament…

Driving investment in East Africa

USAID trade and investment programs, like the USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub , mobilize new investors and private capital to under-served sectors and geographies, and they support investment closure. For instance, the USAID Hub provides investment facilitation services – due diligence, market…

Veiling Rhein-Maas:

"Satisfying price level for exclusive Kenyan roses in Europe"

The hot weather in Kenya combined with the delay of the `long rains´ and continuing temperatures above average in Ethiopia have increased the production and supply amounts of roses in a significant manner. This, linked with an annually increasing production area, mainly in Kenya, has caused extremely…

Clement Tulezi

Australia's revised import conditions give Kenyan growers a hard time

Over the years, the imports of cut flowers and foliage arriving in Australia have increased more than threefold. Kenya is one of their main suppliers and they exported 110 million USD to this country in 2018. However, further growth in this country is becoming more challenging due to Australia's revised…

David Perez of PRIME Flowers explains

China: Imports slow down as domestic floricultural industry develops

China is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. With the aim of developing this fascinating market, PRIME Flowers opened their own office in China four years ago, importing flowers from Colombia, Ecuador and South Africa. But how did the flower industry in China develop over the last years? CEO…

New company Two Chiefs Trading distributing African Papyrus and cut cattails

Kenya: From natural flora to ornamental product

Creating an ornamental product out of natural flora and use it for export purposes. This what Tom Finlay and Waiyaki Ngugi are doing for about 6 months now, when they established their company Two Chiefs Trading. They gather African papyrus and cut cattails from the wild in a sustainable manner and have…

Greenport West-Holland and Végépoly are intensifying their cooperation

French-Dutch horticulture cooperation

The horticulture clusters Greenport West-Holland and Végépolys are going to cooperate intensively. To this purpose, Greenport and the French horticulture cluster have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Greenport West-Holland is the regional network organisation of the government, industry, educational…

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas urges ratification of USMCA

The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA), along with other organizations representing the U.S. food and agriculture industries, are calling on Members of Congress…

Kenya: Appropriation Bill signed to release $1.6 billion for expenditure

President Uhuru Kenyatta has this signed into law the Supplementary Appropriation Bill to release funds for Government expenditure for the financial year that is ending June…

Vietnam: 'Impressive progress' in hi-tech agriculture development

After two years of carrying out the hi-tech applied agriculture project, the agricultural sector of Kon Tum province has made impressive progress and achieved very encouraging results. Kon Tum province defines that hi-tech agriculture development is an important solution to promote agricultural growth…

Credit insurers: “Keep payment terms as short as possible”

Although once again delayed, Brexit is casting its shadow, particularly in the financial field. Credit insurers, who cover payment problems, have noticed that the uncertainty in the UK is leading to a decline of consumer confidence and they predict problems when and if there’s a hard Brexit. But not…

FloraHolland: "Mark supply, wherever you are even simpler now"

In order to better prepare to buy on the clock - remote or during inspection - we offer two new solutions: Supply Marking in FloraMondo or Supply Marking with the Royal FloraHolland app. With the integration of supply marking for KOA within FloraMondo and the Royal FloraHolland app, you can buy on the…

African roses enter central China province

A total of 2,760 fresh cut roses from Kenya arrived in central China's Hunan Province Tuesday morning, marking the first batch of flowers from Africa directly entering the…

Kenya: Flower exporters seek more space on KQ flight to US

Kenya flower exporters are seeking more cargo capacity in the Kenya Airways’ direct flight to the US to enable them to export enough produce to meet increasing demand. According to the Kenya Flower Council CEO Clement Tulezi, the airline management allocated five tonnes of cargo capacity to exporters of…

British Flowers Week: Is the 'Grown not Flown' trend catching on?

Last week was a celebration of all things British Flowers, from cut flowers, plants and foliage to the growers and the independent florists working with them. #BritishFlowersWeek is now in its 7th year, after being established by the New Convent Garden Market to promote the industry. Last year, the…

British Peonies blooming at Waitrose & Partners

With their large distinctive petals, the stunning British peony is the bloom that epitomises summertime and today Waitrose & Partners announces that the British peonies, from Spalding in Lincolnshire, are in branches now. British peonies have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in recent years, with…

US: The Challenges of North American Specialty Cut Flowers

Across the United States and Canada, demand for local specialty cut flowers is increasing, and production has correspondingly jumped. To accurately assess the needs of the industry, John Dole, Cristian Loyola, and Rebecca Dunning electronically surveyed 1098 cut flower producers and handlers regarding…

HR pro shares advice on how to 'Hire Smarter'

If you're having a hard time finding and keeping employees, you aren't alone: The National Federation of Independent Business recently found that "22 percent of small…

UK sees surge in British flowers sales

Consumers are officially buying more UK-grown blooms with the latest data revealing that British flowers now account for 14% of all flowers sold in the UK, up from 12% in 2015. According to the latest figures from Defra, flourishing business means the UK’s annual flower production industry is currently…

Worth £121m

UK flower-growing industry in full bloom

The British-grown flower industry is now worth £121m – up from £82m in 2015 – following years of decline owing to imported stems, figures reveal. Last year homegrown flowers…

UK: Major retailer signs up to NFU Plants and Flowers Pledge

British plants and flowers growers have received the backing from another major retailer as Co-op becomes the latest to sign the NFU’s Plants and Flowers pledge. With the UK…

Bayer donates $50,000 to Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States

Bayer announces its new partnership with the newly formed Association of Foreign Correspondents in the United States (AFC) that will provide present and future generations of journalists the resources needed to help them pursue other areas of interest within their industry. Bayer and AFC will establish…

"NGIA members show overwhelming support for Greenlife Industry Australia"

Members of Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) have given their resounding support to establish Greenlife Industry Australia, voting overwhelmingly in favour of the change. The historical decision received unprecedented engagement by Members with non-compulsory voting increasing significantly…

Rabobank presents the Horticulture Barometer

Financial developments in Dutch horticulture less rosy

The Rabo Horticulture Barometer in the first quarter of 2019 stands at 6.5. That is a considerable decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 (6.8). This is due to the effects of extreme weather conditions as well as the results for year-round cultivation that have been included in the current…

Almost 600 plants died out in past 250 years

For the first time ever, scientists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Stockholm University, have compiled a global analysis of all plant extinction records documented from across the world. This unique dataset published today in leading journal, Nature Ecology & Evolution, brings together data…

British TV presenter urges gardeners to support specialist UK nurseries

British growers are ‘Cinderella’ of the horticultural world but are vital for preserving the rich variety of plant life, TV presenter says. Amateur gardeners should support specialist UK nurseries that help make gardens “richer and more varied”, Alan Titchmarsh has urged. British nursery growers are the…

India: Himachal farmers say it with flowers

While the government amidst a lot of skepticism is talking about doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the year India celebrates its 75th anniversary of independence, this tiny hill state is perched at a good height to make the target achievable. Himachal farmers are saying it with flowers. Farmers in the…

CAN (BC): Festival celebrates the passion for peonies

Peonies have long been a favourite garden perennial and because of their extreme hardiness, they can be enjoyed right across our country. Once established, they are one of the longest-living plants, providing a lifetime of garden enjoyment and a bounty of lovely cut flowers. Recently, their popularity…

Kenya: Growers trying their luck in bouquets

In contrast to roses, the summer flowers and fillers industry seems to be on the rise. These types of flower are increasing in popularity, and more and more rose growers seem to want to tap into this industry - also because of the increasing requests for bouquets. Retailers are more often asking growers…

Proposed legislation requires American grown flowers, greens in U.S. Government facilities

Alaska Congressman Don Young, a member of the Congressional Cut Flowers Caucus, has introduced legislation requiring the federal government to purchase cut flowers and greens grown in the U.S. for use in its facilities. The legislation, referred to as the “American Grown Act,” includes bill sponsor…

The Australian nursery industry at a glance

The nursery industry is a significant contributor to Australian horticulture. It is currently valued at approximately $2.4 billion and employs up to 25,000 people across 1,651 production businesses. The nursery industry continues to grow and thrive, as does its contribution to the nation’s economic,…

Hem Genetics and Ameriseed enter into an exclusive partnership

Ameriseed and Hem Genetics enter into an exclusive partnership for the distribution of Ameriseed varieties in European countries and the Middle East. Ameriseed-AFM group,…

Kenya government apologizes to flower industry for delayed fertilizer clearance process

The Kenya flower industry heads have lauded the government’s move to expedite clearance of fertilizer at the port of Mombasa by reducing the number of clearing agents to four, ensuring that the agricultural inputs get to market in time. by Bob Koigi - bobkoigi@gmail.com This, following complaints from…

Deforche team rides against cancer

During the Ascension Day weekend the combined team from the Deforche Construct Group rode 1000 km in four days to raise money for cancer research. With riders from all the branches of the DCG group and multiple countries the diverse team had riders from Thermoflor, the Garden Centre Specialist. "Raising…

Flourishing horticulture in Ethiopia

Eyeing the huge potential of the sector, the government of Ethiopia recently made available 6000 ha of land for horticulture in Alage, Arbaminch, Awassa and Bahirdar. The sector has shown exponential growth, generating 300 million USD in the year 2017 from export. Apart from contributing economic…

Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

Syngenta announces today, that it has successfully completed the acquisition of Varinova’s Cyclamen business. Varinova is a Dutch company that is fully dedicated to the breeding, production and commercialization of Cyclamen. The combination of technical expertise and the innovative varieties from…

A challenging year for the Kenyan rose industry

Overproduction, low demand, high fertilizer prices, VAT that isn't refunded by the government, higher freight rates and unfavourable exchange rates. When talking with the exhibitors at the IFTEX, it's the combination of these factors that contributed to the challenging year that many Kenyan rose growers…

Netherlands: Greenhouse horticulture gets chair at university to secure position

To guarantee and stimulate the position of horticulture in the Westland, the Dutch municipality is funding a special chair for greenhouse horticulture. The chair, which…

Students in the Philippines must plant 10 trees to graduate

Students in the Philippines now have a final requirement in order to graduate from school: they must plant 10 trees. The new law, which came into effect on May 15, 2019, will apply to graduates from elementary and high schools, and college or university. Called the "Graduation Legacy for the Environment…

Euro area annual inflation down to 1.2%

Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 1.2% in May 2019, down from 1.7% in April according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Looking at the main components of euro area inflation, energy is expected to have the highest annual rate in May (3.8%,…

China to build four horticulture knowledge and innovation centers

For years there has been an exchange between Chinese and Dutch greenhouse horticulture in terms of knowledge and high-tech innovations. This cooperation will be intensified in the coming years through the development of no fewer than four knowledge and innovation centers along the lines of the World…

China: Spatial analysis of land use change shows ending of rubber plantation expansion in Xishuangbanna

The expansion of rubber and other cash crops has caused massive forest loss and fragmentation in Xishuangbanna, particularly in the last 20 years. Rubber occupied 22% of the area by 2010, reducing lowland forest to scattered fragments. The rubber price has declined steeply since 2011, but consequences…

Current tendencies in the Russian flower market

Despite the crisis, the Russian flower market is witnessing a real boom. Experts name a change of consumer habits as a reason for growing demand. The consumers buy flowers irrespective of special occasions now, which levels the demand through the year. Moreover, flower compositions are becoming more and…

US (MN): Thieves steal rare orchid from Stacy, Minnesota greenhouse

Sometime during the dark, nebulous stretch between Sunday and Monday, someone crept into Wayne’s Greenhouses and Garden Center after hours. The place is small and locally owned, and offers “40 years of experience and knowledge” from its store in Stacy, Minnesota. But the thief apparently wanted more.…

Global CEA Census launched to help drive agriculture industry forward

Global automation specialist Autogrow and New York based Agritecture Consulting are appealing to growers to take part in the inaugural Global CEA Census. The Census seeks to…

FTD Companies files for bankruptcy

FTD Companies has filed for bankruptcy. The flower and gift delivery company has been struggling with debts now surmounting to $200 million, ever since the buyout of rival…

Africa leads the way in banning plastic

Here in the Western world, we are regularly reading about initiatives from supermarkets on how to remove plastic bags from their stores. In Africa, countries such as Kenya and Tanzania are much further along. There, higher penalties are imposed when plastic bags are given away. Watch the above clip or…

Royal FloraHolland: What are the definitive rules for flower photos?

After the tightening of the product photo policy, growers made it clear in the autumn of 2018 that the photo rules did not sufficiently meet their wishes with regard to standing out from the crowd. Given the standardization and uniformization of the marketplace, buyers also expressed a desire for a…

South Africa: Ministerial Rural Safety Committee to be established in response to farm attacks

Following a meeting between Western Cape Minister of Agriculture, Dr Ivan Meyer and Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Adv. Albert Fritz, the two Minister’s expressed…

Nursery & Garden Industry:

AU: "Be wise on water this winter"

Water storages in the greater Sydney, Melbourne and Perth regions are hovering at half-capacity. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, warmer days and low rainfall may be…

US: 62 Percent of SAF retail florists see Mother’s Day sales rise

Mother’s Day 2019 proved to be another strong holiday for the floral industry, with 62 percent of retailer respondents to a Society of American Florists post-holiday survey saying sales were higher than their 2018 returns. Among those who saw sales rise, 42 percent said the increase was between 1 percent…

BTA Chair Avila: “Tariffs on Mexican imports are totally and completely unnecessary.”

Border Trade Alliance statement on President Trump tariff announcement

The Border Trade Alliance released the following statements in reaction to a White House announcement that the president intends to impose a 5% tariff on goods imported from…

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Flower Council of Holland launches the 'We need more flowers' campaign for a second time

All the important moments in life are reinforced with flowers, and if flowers have such positive effects on people, we need more of them. The Flower Council of Holland will be launching the 'We need more flowers' campaign for a second time this summer on their Funnyhowflowersdothat.co.uk channels this…

90 percent of Free State Growers's greenhouses destroyed

US (KS): Tornado devastates greenhouse in Lindwood

A tornado in Linwood, Kansas, nearly completely destroyed the greenhouses of Free State Growers on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. The tornado caused about 3 million of structural damage alone leveling over 9 of the property's 10 acres, 13WIBW reported. Click here to see the one minute video that gives an…

India: Create awareness about potential of floriculture among youth: Div Com

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan on Wednesday said that the unemployed youth of the valley must reap benefits of the floriculture industry. He further said that the sector of floriculture has immense potential for income and employment generation especially in the rural areas.…

Ethiopian Investment Commission launches Online investment service platform

Ethiopian Investment Commission (EIC) has launched an online service platform where investors can apply for new investment license and renewing investment permit. The platform aimed at providing efficient and reliable investment for investors regardless of geographical locations, according to EIC…

"Biophilia shouldn’t be swept under the carpet"

Did you know that office workers spend more time at their desk or workstation than they do in bed? In fact, Ambius research found that 40% of UK office workers spend just 15 minutes outdoors each day. This figure is particularly concerning when we consider that humans have an inherent need to connect…

Alternative transport solutions needed

"More trains, ships and planes are needed to transport fresh produce," explains Massimo Savini from RLA when talking about the Italian logistics sector. "Italy does indeed have some limitations due to its hilly and mountain regions, but we need suitable infrastructures as an alternative to road…

Turkey: Final sales numbers from Mother’s Day indicate tenfold increase

Turkey Florists Association Chairman Ismail Basaran: “The sales increased tenfold during the week of Mother’s Day. Some florists had trouble keeping up with all the orders they have received. Mixed bouquets were the main preference of the many customers followed by mono bouquets of roses and pot plants…

Fresh-o-Fair integrates Colombian growers:

New direct trading platform expands in South America

Last week Fresh-o-Fair started its operations in Colombia integrating its flower producers aiming to increase their production targeted to floral designers. A meeting in Bogotá took place between renowned Colombian flower farms and the team of Fresh-o-Fair, a German-Ecuadorian company already working…

202020 Vision tour to help councils connect with community to achieve a common goal

Australia: Greener, healthier and more liveable cities

202020 Vision - a national initiative to increase urban green spaces by 20% by 2020 - is back on the road for their bi-annual Australian urban forestry road show. The last national tour, attended by over 450 urban greening professionals, confirmed the key barriers to increased urban greening was the…

US supports development of Ethiopia National AGOA Strategy

To facilitate the continued increase of AGOA exports from Ethiopia, the Ministry of Trade and Industry reached out to the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in 2018 to provide technical support in the development of the Ethiopia National AGOA Strategy. The AGOA strategy identifies challenges and…

Easter floral sales: Results from a benchmark survey

PMA surveyed supermarket floral buyers to determine the floral sales results of the 2019 Easter holiday. Over 10 supermarket banners responded representing over 10,000 grocery…

Kenyan roses to conquer the Russian market

Over the last years, after the crisis in 2015, many growers have been increasing their volumes to Russia. And the volumes from Kenyan growers seem to be growing the fastest. "Imports of roses from Kenya to Russia in recent years have significantly outpaced all other countries and increased by more than…

September 5-7, Warsaw

Polish economic growth good news for flower and plant industry

Flower Expo Poland has already proven to be an effective platform for gaining business contacts and succeeding in the Polish market. And it is worth being there – Poland’s economy is one of the fastest-growing in the EU and with unprecedented demand for flowers and plants. The 4th edition of the fair…

European Commission:

"Uptake of new technologies remains far below expectations"

The European Commission calls on Member states to take advantage of the potential of new technologies and digitisation in agriculture, with the aim to improve the…

"This year's Mother's Day was very helpful since many businesses slowed down due to Ramadan"

Satisfying Mother's Day sales for Turkish growers

On Sunday May 12, Mother's Day was also celebrated in Turkey and the demand was high. At the auction in Yalova, sales even doubled. Roses are among the most preferred varieties. Also, for many flower growers, this year's Mother's Day was very helpful since many floral businesses slowed down a bit due to…

Wilco de Winter and Meryem Deniz, BDO:

“Risk of corruption often bigger than companies expect”

Major constant flows of money, unusual transactions, an intermediary abroad that bills a considerable fee for their obscure services; international entrepreneurship comes with risks for the fresh produce trade as well. “As a company, you’re responsible when you’re not critical enough,” warn Wilco de…

UK: £30m grant fund announced

In the autumn last year, the UK Government announced they would commit a further £30 million to the next round of the popular small grants scheme for agriculture. The small grants programme is an…

Insect netting 'at lonely heights' results in beautiful pictures

Last week we published some photos showing the beauty of high-tech horticulture - and we have received more cool shots almost presenting horticulture like a painting. It is impressive, every time again. Images of large areas of glass or in this case, insect netting. Ventiguard sent photographer Marcel de…

UGA's horticulture graduates see a bumper crop of job offers

It’s graduation season, and for graduating college seniors, that means it’s time to join the job market. For graduates of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Horticulture, most new alumni have job offers waiting for them, or they have been accepted…

US (MI): Cold and rain dampens flower sales

The impact of the recent cold and rainy weather is hitting nurseries' bottom line in West Michigan. Tom Kowieski, owner of Sawyer Nursery in Hudsonville, says sales have been down dramatically compared to other years because customers aren't getting outside to plant flowers. "We need a break in the…

US: Florists share Mother’s Day 2019 experiences

Floranext has shared the results of its annual Mother’s Day survey. Once again they received a strong response from readers and members. Results were based on the 347 retail surveyed by Floranext between May 15th through February 22nd. Click here for more information.

"China’s economic growth not reflected in flower imports"

We should not have to tell you that China is a country with a lot of potential. The growing economy results in an increase in consumption and therefore has opened up opportunities for flower exporters from abroad. Ecuadorian and Colombian flower growers, for example, have been capitalizing on the…

UK: How much has Brexit cost your business so far?

DEFRA’s EU Exit team have sent a communication to the HTA requesting information about the effects Brexit has had on businesses, in particular no deal planning. They wish to…

Submission Deadline: September 13th

US: Horticulture scholarship opportunities available

Scholarships totaling nearly $20,000 for the 2019-2020 school year are made possible by seven special HRI endowment funds that aid students who are seeking a lifelong career…

Three new Taiwan orchid varieties pique interest of European, US buyers

Taiwan has successfully cultivated three new orchid varieties under the genus of Dendrobium, which have been registered by Great Britain's leading gardening organization, the Royal Horticultural Society. The new breeds are named Taitung nymph (台東香蓮), Taitung golden peacock (台東黃金孔雀), and Taitung panda…

Poland: Season for first communion and weddings has started

May is traditionally associated with first communions in Poland. For this reason the demand for white, ecru and other light and ‘pure colors’ flowers is growing in this period of the year in Poland. Etheric flowers like forget-me-nots, daisies, sapphires, lilies of the valley are the most popular in the…

FloraHolland:

Video: How does an auction customer prepare his purchase?

Rijnsburg auctioneer Koos Heemskerk takes you through the daily activities of an auctioneer. This time Royal FloraHolland visits one of their customers, Jack from Cariflex, for a glimpse in his dealing room. In the latest Auctioneer vlog, the customer is asked about all the ins and outs. Which steps does…

"Help new investors find their way in horticulture"

The horticultural sector is currently on the move. New methods and techniques make professional growing possible all over the world. But also new players appear, expressing…

Bipartisan resolution supporting american flower industry introduced

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Congressman Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.) on May 14, 2019 introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July as “American Grown Flower Month” and encouraging consumers to buy “Certified American Grown” flowers.…

Food retailer Axfood on the flowers and indoor plant sales:

Swedish Mother's Day: "We expect around 30 percent higher sales"

"We have very high expectations for the flower and indoor plant sales for Swedish Mother's Day", says Henrik Astrom of Axfood, one of Sweden's largest food retailers. In this country, Mother's Day will be celebrated on May 26 this year. When looking at the flower and indoor sales of past months and the…

Kenya: Farmers urged to embrace flower farming to improve lives

Floriculture farming in the country which can boost economic production and specifically for the rural farmers has remained untapped despite its huge potential. Wilmar Flowers…

Mark Verdouw, Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects

"Positive investment climate in Germany"

Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects builds about 15 projects in Germany every year. Mark Verdouw, co-owner of Olsthoorn Greenhouse Projects, is responsible for sales in Germany and the man who makes sure that everything goes according to the customer’s wishes. Mark joined Olsthoorn in 2002. He already had much…

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Value decreases by 45 million to 925 million euro.

Dutch agricultural export to the UK has decreased

The value of the Dutch agricultural export to the United Kingdom has decreased by 45 million in 2018 when compared to 2017, according to the figures of the CBS after research at the request of the Ministry of Economical Affairs and Climate. It is an estimate, and are, in CBS terminology, 'provisional…

Greenlife Industry Australia proposed constitution

In November 2018, elected NGI members reached a consensus to establish a new national body for the Australian greenlife industry where businesses and associations could be…

EU-Ethiopia Business Forum to lure European investors

The Ethiopian government has revealed that the European Union (EU) -Ethiopia Business Forum, which kicked off Tuesday in Brussels, envisaged to lure more European investors to…

US, Canada and Mexico reach agreement on steel and aluminium tariffs

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after the Section 232 Tariffs were removed from Canada and Mexico: “Today’s announcement is a big…

Kenya ready to become gateway to Eastern and Southern Africa for Ukraine

Kenya expresses readiness to become an entry point for Ukraine to the Eastern and Southern Africa market, and is open to Ukrainian agrarian technologies and innovative products. This was stated during a meeting of Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman with the Speaker of the National Assembly of…

A deep drive into cost inputs

The next video of the AmericanHort Industry Insider Report: 2019 Perspective on Profit Margin - A Deep Dive into Cost Inputs is available now. In this video, Dr. Charlie Hall, AmericanHort Chief…

"Kenya Flower Council leading the way on sustainability"

Kenya is home to the world’s best producers of flowers making a huge contribution to the economy. Globally, Kenya is among the top four countries in the production of flowers. by Clement Tulezi, CEO Kenya Flower Council Leveraging cutting-edge technology, the floriculture industry in Kenya provides…

261 million USD worth of seeds, seedlings, flowers and plants exported from Turkey in 2018

Turkey Seed Producers Association Chairman Savas Akcan: “Last year, our country exported 260.6 million USD worth of seeds, seedlings, and ornamental plants, whereas the imports were worth 240.9 million USD. Thus. for the first time, the exports from Turkey exceeded imports. This is an important turning…

Kenya: Foreign investment survey 2018

Kenya has continued to make impressive progress in strengthening the investment climate, with the objective of making the country a regional industrial and financial hub. The country improved significantly in its ranking in the World Bank Doing Business 2019 Indicators moving 19 places to position 61…

US: Preparing your business for hurricane season

For six months each year—June 1 to November 30—the watch is on for hurricanes in the Atlantic. That’s when 97 percent of tropical activity occurs. Here are some tips to help you prepare your business if a storm hits: Survey your property: Check all greenhouse bracing to make sure it’s secure. Clear…

Kenya: Fertilizer imports decline by 26% in 2018

Fertilizer imports to Kenya dropped by 25.9 percent last year, which is expected to hurt food and cash crop production amid tightening supply. Statistics released by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show Kenya imported 4.42 million bags last year to settle for 632,074 metric tonnes less than a…

NL: Mother's Day breaks export record

The export value of flowers and plants from the Netherlands rose by no less than 15% in April this year. According to Floridata's statistics, both flowers (+19% to € 343 million) and plants (+10% to € 301 million) achieved a positive result. "This is a new monthly record and is pushing export value in…

Is there room for Kenyan roses in China?

The Chinese rose cultivation is increasing and the quality is improving, so is there still room for imported flowers from Kenya? According to Isabelle Henin Spindler of Red Lands Roses, there is. They are supplying this country for about 5 years now and even though the increasing competition from the…

Growers yield good returns by cultivating crops under Protected Cultivation

Protected Cultivation, a joint venture of State and Central governments, has been yielding good results in the State. The farmers who are cultivating various commercial crops…

Iran: Ministry of Agriculture plans for developing 5800 hectares of greenhouse

Deputy director of horticulture of Ministry of Jihad-Agriculture announced the development plan of 5800 hectares of cultivation in controlled greenhouses by the end of March 2020, according to a report from the information center of the ministry of Jihad-Agriculture, Mohammad Ali Tahmasebi, in a meeting…

Turkey: Aydin becoming a center for greenhouse production

The process for the establishment of an organized greenhouse agricultural production zone in Aydin, a city located in southwestern Turkey, is coming to a successful end. The project will take place in the Efeler district of Aydin and geothermal energy resources will be used in the zone. The zone will be…

Thousands of orchids stolen from German nature reserve

Around 3,000 plants of several orchid species have been dug up and stolen in Germany's famous Taubergiessen Nature Reserve. Scores of flowering Early Spider, Late Spider and…

China: Affluent middle class leads to more flower sales

Internet consulting company iResearch estimates China's cut-flower e-commerce market expanded from 1.2 billion yuan in 2013 to 12.4 billion yuan in 2017 and is likely to reach nearly 50 billion yuan by 2021. A large part of this growth is due to the middle class, who are increasingly viewing cut flowers…

FSI Basket of Standards: new Environmental scope

Stimulating and reflecting good practices in floriculture, the FSI Basket of standards is evolving and including additional environmental benchmarking criteria with an emphasis on reliable data and record-keeping. Supporting mainstreaming of good practices The additional environmental benchmarking is not…

Antalya enjoys Mother's Day flower exports

Forty-five million flowers worth about $7 million were exported from Antalya this year for Mother's Day. Central Anatolian Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association (OAIB) Chairman İsmail Yılmaz evaluated the ongoing mobility in the gift and floriculture sectors, stressing that 2019 pleased…

Mother's Day: Great sales on both sides of the Atlantic

This Sunday is the day the entire floral industry, from grower to florist, has been preparing for over the last weeks. Growers from all over the world try their best to have as much product available, in the best possible quality, trying hard to combine it all together into the most beautiful floral…

Turkey’s first phalaenopsis production facility preparing for Mother’s Day

Sons and daughters will show their affection and appreciation to their mothers on Mother’s Day with gifts of locally grown phalaenopsis in Yalova. Yalova is an important production area for floricultural products in the northwestern part of Turkey. As Mother’s Day rapidly approaches, it is extremely busy…

US: APHIS willing to simplify carnation import from Kenya

APHIS proposes to make changes to the import requirements in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plants for Planting Manual for imports of Dianthus spp. (carnation) cuttings from Kenya. Currently, Dianthus spp. cuttings from Kenya require mandatory postentry quarantine within the United States. The…

AUSVEG:

"Federal Government must strengthen Australia’s borders"

The Federal Government must commit to strengthening Australia’s biosecurity systems according to AUSVEG, Australia’s peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers.…

Australia: Important voting decisions coming up

Over the next six weeks or so there are two very important voting decisions that will be made by NGIA members. The “most” important vote, is in fact the second to occur on 12…

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CA: "Mother’s Day tops Valentine’s Day as the No. 1 flower-giving holiday"

Mother’s Day is Sunday, but California flower farmers have been preparing for this holiday for months. After all, Mother’s Day tops Valentine’s Day as the No. 1 flower-giving holiday, notes Bill Prescott, marketing communications associate for the Sun Valley Floral Farms in Arcata, CA. “We see that…

Why are flowers so expensive?

Why does something you could just pluck out of the ground cost so much? There are several reasons: flowers are delicate, high maintenance, perishable, difficult to grow, often imported and can cross continents as they make their way from field to florist. So as 12 May approaches – Mother’s Day in nearly 100 countries –…

"Rapidly increasing demand for tinted gypsophila"

Tinted gypsophilas are hugely popular nowadays, but where did it all begin? According to Eduardo Chiriboga of Esmeralda Farms, it all started at their farm in Ecuador years ago. "We were one of the first growers who started to tint gypsophilas." Over the years, they have seen the demand increasing…

Charlie Hall about rising production costs

"We have to make some changes"

In a two-part video series Charlie Hall, chief economist at AmericanHort shows the index of prices paid by growers. “We have had a 3.5 percent increase in our cost structure since 2017. And a 26.8 percent increase since the beginning of the recession in 2017. What that tells me is that we have to make some changes”, he says.…

"It’s time to think about creating or updating an employee handbook"

As a Hortica Retail Sales Specialist, I’m always surprised to hear when a client doesn’t have a detailed employee handbook or isn’t aware of basic human resources protocols—especially in this lawsuit-happy business climate. Whether you’re insured by Hortica or another insurance company, you should take…

The blooming & booming floriculture in Jammu and Kasjmir, India

Floriculture has been identified as the sunrise industry in India. This sector has immense potential for income and employment generation specially in the rural areas.…

Uganda: Flower exporters want more land, cheap power

Flower exporters want more land and subsidised electricity in order to expand their operations in Uganda. Government’s delay to provide a good incentive regime, has stagnated…

Turkey: Rose growers working overtime for Mother’s Day

Cut flower growers in Yalova, one of the important production areas for floricultural products in Turkey, are working overtime to fulfill all the orders for Mother’s Day. Speaking to the press, Korukoy Agricultural Development Cooperative Chairman Mustafa Kanar: “Rose production is the main source of…

NL: Inochio Seikoen and Floritec sign final agreement on full acquisition

Inochio Seikoen and Floritec announce that they have reached a final agreement on the full acquisition of Floritec. “We consider this acquisition as an added value for both companies and for our customers. Thanks to this joining of forces, Inochio Seikoen and Floritec will together be optimally able to…

Deroose Plants promoting smaller bromelias

Promoting the smaller and non-traditional bromeliads among Chinese consumers

The majority of the bromeliads grown in China are for public areas like airports and governmental buildings. For these purposes, the traditional red colored ones in a 12-14 cm pot are used the most. However, one of world’s largest bromeliad young plant producers Deroose Plants sees more opportunities to…

China: Peony flowers enter harvest season

Villagers of a local cooperative are picking peony flowers in Fengxiang County, northwest China's Shaanxi Province. An area of 180,00 mu (1200 hectares) peony entered harvest season in Fengxiang County. Peony industry has been a key to local poverty alleviation. Check out photos of the harvest here.

Vietnam: Light stabilizer for greenhouse films helps growers increase crop yields

BASF and Tân Hùng Cơ Masterbatch Manufacture Co. are working to help farmers increase their yields and save resources with more durable greenhouse films. Tân Hùng Cơ, a manufacturer of additive masterbatches for plastic films in Vietnam, is now using BASF’s plastic additive Tinuvin NOR 371 to increase…

0.5 million tinted roses for Chinese Valentine's Day

On Wednesday August 7, Chinese Valentine's Day will be celebrated - one of the biggest holidays for the flower growers exporting to this country. Also for Ecuadorian rose farms BellaRosa and RoseConnection, it is an important holiday and this year, the demand for their tinted roses is going through the…

Putting Zimbabwean Flowers Back on the Map

Horticultural producers in Zimbabwe provide some of the best produce on the world market, from flowers and fruit through to vegetables. Between 2015 and 2016, exports from this sector topped $72 million. With renewed market research and development, this sector of the agricultural industry can once more…

Increase solvency and equity capital, decrease long-term debt

Dutch Greenhouse horticulture had a good financial year in 2017

The solvency of Dutch greenhouse horticulture companies has increased for the fourth year in a row: to 58% in 2017. An increase of 250,000 euro of the equity capital contributes positively to this. The average balance total of a greenhouse horticulture company ends up at almost 3.6 million euro and that…

China: "Yunnan's floral industry revenue jumps 100-fold in 20 years"

The World Horticultural Expo has been held in Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, since 1999. The Expo has brought huge opportunities and economic benefits to the local floral industry, as well as boosting the local infrastructure and tourism. The total revenue of the local floral industry has…

Canada: Nova Scotia's greenhouse industry is shrinking

Greenhouse-grown flower and potted plant sales are wilting in Nova Scotia. The total sales and resales of flowers and plants grown in Nova Scotia greenhouses are down by 25.5 per cent over the last three years, an analysis of Statistics Canada data reveals. Greenhouse farmers are competing with the…

"Australian quarantine officer took cash to ignore orchid infestations"

As an official for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, it was Erol Ibrahim's job to be vigilant in detecting for signs of overseas-borne insects and diseases in…


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