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Vietnam and the Netherlands committed to bring Vietnamese horticulture to a higher level

On Wednesday 10 April during the trade mission led by Prime Minister Rutte, Minister van Nieuwenhuizen and Vice-Minister Sonnema to Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Nhu Cuong – Acting General Director of Crop Production Department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Mr. Henk van Eijk - Chairman…

"Kenya’s flower growers to share Brexit pain"

On a visit to Kenya in August 2018, British Prime Minister Theresa May said the country would retain duty-free access to UK markets even after Brexit. That assurance hasn’t been enough to allay fears of the impact of Brexit on Kenya’s flower exporters. According to the Kenya Flower Council, the country…

"Excellent February in the first quarter of 2019 for Veiling Rhein-Maas"

Veiling Rhein-Maas looks back on a satisfactory first quarter 2019 at the previous year's level. Looking at the turnover of the auction clock, the strongest February since the foundation of the company in 2010 was recorded. The first quarter was particularly good for potted plants with a 12% increase in…

US: National Green Industry Survey begins data collection

The Green Industry Research Consortium, with funding support from the Horticultural Research Institute (HRI), is launching the National Green Industry Survey this month. This…

Christian Jacobsen, Euro Trend:

Late Easter: "No time to catch our breath before Mother's Day"

Easter falls late this year (April 22), and this does not leave any time for Danish supplier of plants in ceramics, Euro Trend, to catch their breath. "The last Easter orders and the first Mother's Day orders are sent out today", says Sales Manger Christian Jacobsen. Fortunately, this year's Easter sales…

€30,000 reward for lead to source counterfeited CC TAG5 labels

Counterfeit CC TAG5 labels have been discovered. These labels look genuine, but cannot be scanned. Riscon Arnhem B.V., an independent private investigator, has been asked by Container Centralen to investigate. Riscon would like to receive tips (if so desired, anonymously) via telephone number 0031 +318…

UK: Major fire damages greenhouse in Guernsey

The Guernsey Fire & Rescue Service attended a fire at Rue des Pointes, St Andrew's on Sunday. “At 19:50, The Joint Emergency Services Control Centre received a total of six 999 calls reporting a large structure fire in the area of Rue Des Pointes, St Andrew. "Guernsey Fire & Rescue were…

How social media platforms made U.S. plant sales surge by 50 percent over last few years

American millennials have been accused of dooming all sorts of things: beer, golf, cereal. But the cohort is credited with reviving the once-moribund market for houseplants. In the past three years, U.S. sales have surged almost 50 percent to $1.7 billion, according to the National Gardening Association.…

UK: Tulip grower stockpiling bulbs over Brexit

Uncertainty over Brexit has led a Norfolk commercial tulip grower to begin to stockpile bulbs imported from the Netherlands. Belmont Nurseries, based in Terrington St Clement, the largest growers of outdoor tulips in the UK, produces about 75 million bulbs a year, growing 37 varieties of tulip and other…

"Brexit no deal planning has destroyed thousands of Britain's rarest orchids"

Brexit no-deal planning meant a council destroyed 17,000 of Britain's rarest orchids in one day - and it will take up to eight years for them to grow back. Volunteers from Kent Wildlife Trust had been lovingly tending the purple carpet of rare bee and common orchids for over 15 years. A spokesperson said…

UK: Daffodil producers enjoy bumper harvest in fields

Exceptionally mild weather meant more than 71 million stems were picked on farms owned by Grampian Growers members and sold into bumper markets in just 51 days. Mark Clark, managing director of the Montrose-based co-operative, said the concentrated harvest finished 28 days earlier than in 2018. “The last…

Bangladesh: Government moves to strengthen flower marketing system

The government has initiated a move to strengthen the country’s overall flower marketing system to facilitate some 2,000,000 people involved in flower farming and its value addition. ‘To this end, The Department of Agricultural Marketing will implement a project titled strengthening flower marketing…

UK: Flower sellers have mixed feelings about Brexit

There is a risk Brexit could seriously disrupt London's supply of flowers, causing delays in the supply chain and rising prices - or there's a possibility it could make absolutely no difference at all. In fact the contradicting views of flower sellers at London's famous New Coven Garden Market seem to…

Ethiopia's 7th International HortiFlora Show: Panel discussions

Ethiopia is in a good position to become the leading vegetable seed producer in Africa. That was one of the conclusions at the HortiFlora 2019 expo, organized for the 7th time on March 13-15, 2019 at the Millennium Hall in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The event hosted international & local horticulture…

Kenyan flowers attract U.S. buyers’ interest

Eight Kenyan exporters of cut flowers made 78 linkages worth an estimated $259,000 at the World Floral Expo in Dallas, TX, USA. The firms were part of a delegation led by the Kenya Flower Council, a USAID Hub grantee. Their trip to the U.S. allowed them to connect with U.S. buyers to further efforts to…

Turkey: Record export of ornamental plants

Turkish Association of Seed Growers (TURKTOB) announced that Turkey exported 260,6 million USD (231,3 million Euro) worth of seeds, saplings and ornamental plants last year. In the same time period, the country imported 240,9 million USD (213,1 million Euro) worth of these products. This is the first…

New project FloraPark Amealco will start in 2020

Mexico: 100 hectares dedicated to cut flower production

That the Mexican floriculture industry has a lot of potential is no secret, and now a major step is about to be taken to capitalize on that potential. A group of entrepreneurs and visionaries of the ornamental industry in Mexico are preparing a 100 ha project under the name of FloraPark Amealco. They…

Vietnam: Da Lat’s farms turn modern in Industry 4.0

Da Lat city in Lam Dong province has become well-known for its modern agricultural techniques. Many of Vietnam’s wealthy farmers are situated in the Central Highlands city, thanks to their investment and application of scientific and technological advances in production. According to Dr. Pham S, Vice…

UK granted a Brexit extension until 31 October

European Union leaders have granted the UK a six-month extension to Brexit, after late-night talks in Brussels. The UK was due to leave the European union tomorrow, but now…

American Floral Endowment annual report

US: $600,000 in research, scholarships and internships

This year alone, over $600,000 in research, scholarships and internships, and in educational grants was distributed to promote and build the floral industry through the American Floral Endowment. This funding will go on to impact thousands. Tax-deductible contributions to the AFE support: Bringing Top…

US: SAF coordinates with lawmakers’ offices on research funding, statistics

Weeks after dozens of growers, wholesalers, suppliers and retailers traveled to Washington, D.C., for the Society of American Florists’ Congressional Action Days (CAD), lawmakers are giving heightened attention to key industry issues, thanks to the ongoing efforts of SAF and its members. Since the…

Australia: Global review of RD&E providing roadmap to a greener future

“The nursery industry is dynamic but highly diverse. As we’re dealing with many different products and markets, it’s important to note that research isn’t a one-size-fits-all,…

2Plant, Home Garden Panel surveyed over 500 US consumers

White lily - the new poinsettia?

"Over the last years, we hear more and more growers complaining about the low prices they receive for their poinsettias. So, what about a white lily instead?", says Pieter van der Lans, co-owner of 2Plant International. As many growers do not dare to change the crop for Christmas, van der Lans conducted a survey among US…

Ornamental cultivation remains more or less the same compared to last year

Growth in Belgian greenhouse acreage mainly due to soft fruit cultivation

The Belgian statistics office, Statbel, published the definitive figures concerning the agricultural and horticultural sector in Belgium for 2018. The main takeaway from the report was that the total figure for the acreage of greenhouse cultivation has increased by 6.2 percent in comparison to 2017,…

UK: Florist attributes closure to Brexit

A florist who says Brexit forced her to shut her Witney town centre store has urged shoppers to continue supporting independent businesses. Rosa Ashby had run Rosa Flowers in Wesley Walk for 22 years, but closed the store on Monday due to spiralling costs. Mrs Ashby revealed Brexit uncertainty and a rise…

US: APHIS seeks comments on environmental assessment for importing plants in approved growing media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has prepared and is accepting comments on a draft environmental assessment (EA) for…

"Red is hit the hardest, pink and cerise under pressure too"

Rose growers eagerly await Mother’s Day season to get out of the doldrums

March and April are usually challenging months for rose growers. After Women's Day (March 8) it takes a while for the next big holiday to arrive. At the moment, the demand for roses - particularly the red ones - is low. This, combined with the good production from Kenya and Ethiopia, results in low…

Attorney General to review migrant farm worker pay

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking Attorney General Dana Nessel to reconsider whether Michigan’s smallest farms can legally pay migrant farm workers less than minimum wage. A 2016 state interpretation asserted that some small farms do not have to pay it, because they are exempt from federal…

India: Flower sales bloom in off-season

Ordering flowers is no more a luxury but a necessity for most occasions, be it religious, corporate or family functions. Catering to the huge demand in the Indian state of Goa and with a vast variety of flowers now available nearly throughout the year, it is common to find a small florist store in every…

Can Egypt's floral industry bloom in the whole region?

The Orman Botanical Garden in Giza turns into a giant flower show in late March every year. Sweet-smelling jasmine shrubs, huge sunflowers, aromatic herbs and miniscule succulents are put on display in an area of 14 feddans (14.5 acres) during the 45-day exhibition that aims to showcase, motivate and…

China: Yunnan's rise to flower power

Twenty years ago, the farmers around Yunnan's Dianchi Lake mostly grew vegetables for sale in local village markets. On the eastern shore of the lake, the Dounan area of…

Australia: Nursery growers encouraged to apply for a Churchill Fellowship

Hort Innovation has partnered with the Churchill Trust to offer three 2019 Fellowships to participants in the Australian horticulture sector. Each valued at around $26,000,…

Air freight demand continues downward trajectory in February 2019

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), decreased 4.7% in February 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This was the fourth consecutive month of negative year-on-year growth and…

Rosa Danica puts its first own bred Isophylla campanula on the market

Plenty of potential for former ‘grandma plant’

Next week, Danish grower Rosa Danica will put its first own bred Isophylla campanula on the market. After pot roses, the campanula is their biggest year-round crop, but so far, they only had the portenschlagiana type in their assortment. Now they added the first Isophylla type, namely IceBlue. This…

Importing and exporting plants and plant products if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

The UK Government has updated its guidelines on how to trade in plants and plant products inside and outside the EU if the UK leaves the EU in April 2019 with no deal. The majority of plants and plant products (including fruit, vegetables and cut flowers) imported from the EU will continue to enter the…

“Inspire people to produce sustainably”

FleuraMetz is a global wholesaler for flowers, plants and accessories. The company’s focus is on florists. The wholesaler is a member of Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) and is one of the Accelerators. “We recognize that we have an impact on the environment and take responsibility for this.”…

American Farm Bureau concerned about labor, trade if border closed

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the administration to make sure that any steps undertaken to tighten enforcement at the U.S. border do not create more uncertainty for agricultural producers. “Right now, farmers and ranchers are toughing it out,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Many of…

US (WI): Greenhouses ready for busy spring

A cooler than normal spring in Wisconsin so far has greenhouses eagerly awaiting warmer temperatures and “green thumb” customers. Todd Maas from Maas Floral and Greenhouse in Sturgeon Bay says the demand for geraniums, the most popular plant sold, has fallen nearly in-half as other options have become…

UK: Waitrose Mother's Day flowers sales up 10 percent

At Waitrose, Mother's Day flowers sales were up 10 per cent compared to the equivalent week last year. Shoppers also treated their mothers to a variety of other gifts…

"About 25,000 species of plants, flowers, grow in Ecuador"

The Acting Ambassador of Ecuador to Nigeria, Jaime Campas, has said that about 25,000 species of plants and flowers grow in Ecuador, and employs about 100,000 persons and produce one of the finest flowers in the world. He made this known during a presentation on the Agricultural Products of the 21st…

Vietnam: "Flower trade is blooming tough"

Despite being renowned for high quality flowers, Lâm Đồng Province still faces problems such as poor storage and lack of new, high quality seeds that hinder its ability to satisfy domestic demand. Lâm Đồng is the largest flower producer in Vietnam, supplying three billion branches per year, or 50 per…

AmericanHort welcomes more seasonal worker visas

On March 29, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it plans to release an additional 30,000 H-2B workers for returning immigrant workers. "This progress would not have happened without the steady advocacy push by our advocacy team, industry leaders, association members, state association…

China: Villagers plant orchids, and 'harvest gold'

It is still early spring in southwestern China's Guizhou province, but the forest in Zhegui village is already filled with vitality: oak trunks covered with orchid-like stalks, with branches swaying in the breeze. "They're the tiepishihu (dendrobium officinale), a valuable Chinese herbal medicine," said…

Rise n' Shine to sell Schneider BV assortment on the Indian market

Schneider BV from The Netherlands and Rise n’ Shine from India signed an agreement, allowing the latter to sell the Schneider assortment in the Indian market. Mrs. Bhagyashree Patil, Chairperson & Managing Director of Rise n’ Shine group India, and Jacob Schneider, Managing Director of Schneider BV,…

UK: Garden centres see surge in outdoor plant sales in February

The positive start to 2019 continued into February (2019) as garden centres across the UK saw outdoor plant sales soar according to our Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. Sales in outdoor plants were up 61.1% compared to the same month the previous year (2018). This year’s sales figures just prove what a…

UK: Daffodil grower says Brexit fears leave his flowers in the ground

Mother’s Day is the most important date in the calendar for Britain’s daffodil growers, but it arrives today with much of their crop still in the ground thanks to a shortage of pickers. Brexit uncertainty and the fall in the value of the pound have left growers struggling to recruit enough migrant…

UK: Daffodil worker shortages amid crop loss warnings after Brexit uncertainty

A drop in seasonal workers driven by Brexit uncertainty has left daffodil growers struggling to harvest their fields amid warnings crops will “almost certainly” be lost as the year progresses. The daffodil season, which lasts from January to April, provides around £45 million a year to the UK’s economy.…

"More and more companies are tempted to transfer money due to fake colleagues”

Internet fraudsters often pretend to be colleagues or friends to get money. According to security experts, the million euro scamming of a Dutch chain of movie theaters, pulled…

Chinese market blooms with Ecuadorian roses

Ecuadorian roses, famed for their size, vibrant colors and longevity, are increasingly popular in China, an ever-growing market where rose growers see as a crucial niche for exports. Ecuadorian flower growers generated nearly 11 million U.S. dollars in sales to China in 2018, according to Ecuador's…

Turkey: Izmir Bayindir looking to set up production zone for flower and plant growers

Izmir municipality is looking to establish an organized production zone for flower and plant growers in the Bayindir district (Turkey). The construction of the zone will be started this year, and the zone will contain modern greenhouses, laboratories, seed and seedling facilities, research and…

UK: Warm weather boost for garden centre sales in February

The March 2019 issue of HTA Market Update reports that in the UK, garden centre sales recovered well this year from last February, which saw the ‘Beast from the East’ cause major disruption. Despite starting off cold, February 2019 was recorded as the warmest February since 1998. The report shows that…

Plant grower André den Drijver on the start of the bedding plant season

Netherlands: "Pansies are always difficult"

In February, the turnover in pansies was 235.5% higher than last year, according to Royal FloraHolland figures. Also, 137.5% more pieces were sold and these were, with an average price of 50 euro cents per piece, 40% higher in price than the year before. So far the good news. And that's logical, because…

US (AK): Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

Agriculture in Alaska has seen growth and increased interest in recent years, however, growers fear proposed cuts outlined in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget could curb business in the industry. Last Wednesday, the House Department of Natural Resources Subcommittee voted down around 30 cuts to programs and…

Australia: Nursery industry flourishes with record-breaking year

Increased grower confidence and consumer demand for greenlife resulted in the sale of around 1.9 billion plants last year, according to the latest Nursery Industry Statistics 2017-18 survey report. Funded by Hort Innovation and conducted by Nursery and Garden Industry Association (NGIA), Down To Earth…

Australia: Growers meet minister to voice business concerns

Sydney growers met recently with The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources , to voice business concerns, including the costs and red tape associated with importing plants. by Gabrielle Stannus Approximately twenty growers attended, by invitation from Julian…

UK: National Garden Scheme announces £130,000 to support people in horticulture

The National Garden Scheme (NGS) has announced its annual donation to Perennial of £130,000 following another year of open gardens and fundraising for a range of health and…

Anders Eskelund, Rosa ApS:

"White is the most demanded pot rose color for UK Mother's Day this year"

As British Mother’s Day, celebrated ‪this Sunday March 31 this year, is getting closer, many flower shops and garden centers in the United Kingdom are being filled with roses. Pink is the traditional color for this holiday, but this year, at Danish pot rose nursery Rosa ApS the most demanded color is…

US: Women in Ag survey to gauge goals and achievements of women in agriculture

The American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Program has launched “Women in Ag,” an online survey that aims to gauge the goals, aspirations, achievements and needs of women in American agriculture in a variety of areas. All women who are farmers, ranchers, farm/ranch employees, employed in agricultural…

UK: Brexit leads consumers back to traditional varieties

Traditional plants are making a comeback in Britain – and it’s largely because gardeners are seeking comforting old favourites due to Brexit. According to Wyevale Garden Centres’ 2019 garden trends report, gardeners are opting for ‘tried and tested’ varieties during these unsettled times, from bedding…

Chinese entrepreneurs urged to invest in Bangladesh

An 11-member Chinese delegation from Yunnan Province called on Osama Taseer, President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) on 25 March, 2019 at DCCI. During the meeting, DCCI President Osama Taseer said China is the largest trading partner of Bangladesh and in 2017-18 the bilateral trade…

US (FL): Jet Fresh Flowers to distribute Rosa Flora flowers

Jet Fresh Flower Distributors in Miami, Fla. is now an authorized distributor of Rosa Flora Limited flowers from Canada. RosaFlora Limited is a grower of flowers for wholesale and events including Gerbera Daisies, Lisianthus, Snap Dragons and more. Rosa Flora Limited, located in Ontario, Canada, is known…

Flower Expo China highlights growing demand for cut flowers

To see what's new in an industry, a trade show is the place to go. Flower Expo China 2019 has reflected the dynamic trends in China, with 220 exhibitors from more than 30 countries welcoming 9,350 this year. The event organizers share some of the trends that have driven the success of this year's…

As e-commerce blossoms, flower business takes root around China

As the chrysanthemums blossom, so does Liu Youjuan’s business, an undertaking whose seeds had not even been planted four years ago. The soil in which those seeds eventually found root was e-commerce. In the past few years it has turned millions of Chinese who previously lacked business experience into…

Brexit fears for Yorkshire at world's largest flower auction

Traders in the flower industry both in Yorkshire and abroad have voiced fears that a hard Brexit could impact florists and push up prices for consumers in England. It comes as Prime Minister Theresa May goes in search of an olive branch from Europe and a new route for Brexit, after Parliament voted for…

Is FTD really going to go out of business?

While it was clear that FTD was having severe financial problems these last two years losing over $500 million dollars alone since 2016, not many people believed a company that was almost 100 years old would disappear overnight. FTD Management has made it very clear in this last week, that they will not…

KWIN

"The best book about Dutch greenhouse horticulture"

The KWIN (Quantitative Information) is famous. Already in 1983 the first edition of this bulky book about the greenhouse horticulture was published. The KWIN contains quantities and prices of, among other things, sustainable means of production, labor, energy, production and sales of Dutch horticulture,…

Cultivation of cut flowers gains popularity in Nepal

Farmers in Nepal are gradually getting attracted to the cultivation of cut flowers as demand for flowers continues to soar both domestically and overseas. Cut flowers are flowers that have been cut from the main plant to be used as decoration. However, farmers face a myriad of problems such as absence of…

US: Floral industry associations met to benefit floral industry

An initiative known as the Flower Summit, comprised of ten nationally focused floral industry associations, met in Washington D.C. on March 13, 2019 to continue discussing projects and programs aimed at benefitting the entire floral industry. The first Summit meeting took place in October 2014. Left to…

"Ecuadorian flower companies suffer impact of theft"

In the Ecuadorian province of Cotopaxi, floriculture is one of the sectors contributing the most to the creation of employment, given that it also markets one of the world’s…

UK: "Make sure you are ESOS compliant"

Any large organisation in the UK with 250+ employees or a turnover greater than £39m is required to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS). For anyone who qualifies, the time is now to make arrangements to meet the requirements of this statutory scheme. However, at NFU Energy they…

US (HI): Oʻahu orchid industry in decline

Statewide the production of flowers and other nursery products in Hawaii are worth more than $77 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Orchids make up almost 20 percent of that value. But the state’s orchid industry has been struggling in recent years. "The state of orchids is…

Fairtrade launches project to empower Ethiopian women flower workers

Following the success of the Women’s School of Leadership in Fairtrade cocoa-growing communities in West Africa, Fairtrade Africa is now replicating the initiative for the very first time in Ethiopia’s flower sector. Moreover, it is running an additional programme focused on tackling barriers to women’s…

US: SAF leaders talk industry issues with influential Congressman

While in Washington, D.C., for the association’s 39th annual Congressional Action Days, SAF President Bill LaFever, PFCI, of the Bill Doran Company in Rockford, Illinois, joined SAF CEO Kate Penn at a small luncheon for Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Georgia), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on…

Flowers and ornamentals:

Mexico: the sleeping giant?

For 20 years of participating in the world of flowers, plants and trees, I have known through articles, conferences and meetings, of many levels, the constant idea that Mexico is the giant asleep in the world of ornamentals. Frankly I also believe it and I have said emphatically in different forums where I have been invited. by…

Renata Macías, Florsani:

"Dyed flowers increasingly popular for St. Patrick’s Day"

Last Sunday, in Ireland, the UK, parts of Canada and the United States, it was all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. That means dressing up in green, eating, drinking and… flowers. Florsani has been shipping out to the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom for St. Patrick's Day for over two…

US (CA): CDFA accepting proposals for 2019 limited specialty crop grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is now accepting limited proposals for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP). The CDFA 2019 SCBGP…

"Flower supplies run short as the sea of floral tributes for Christchurch shooting victims grows"

"It's about the only thing you can do, lay a few flowers" says Les Rigden, 85, as he laid roses by Christchurch's memorial wall. Thousands of flowers from elaborate bouquets and wreaths to bunches of hydrangeas from home gardens and bundles of indigenous flax flowers now lie at the foot of the wall…

"Chinese opening-up policy to boost Kenya's exports"

China's opening-up policy will boost Kenya's exports to the Asian nation, a Chinese government official said on Tuesday. Li Xuhang, Charge d'Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in…

US: SNA rolls out new SNA365 program

The Southern Nursery Association (SNA) has announced the creation of a new member program designed to increase exposure to buyers and suppliers in the horticultural industry…

Helix Australia builds profile in Israel

Following on from its recent initial commercial planting in California USA, Helix Australia has recently spent a week visiting waxflower growers in Israel. The purpose of the visit by Helix Australia Managing Director Adrian Parsons was to see first hand current plantings of Helix waxflower in Israel as…

Bangladesh: "Policy hurdles hold back growth in flower exports"

With specific export incentives on freight and production, the floriculture sector in Bangladesh can double shipments in five years from around $80 million/year now, analysts…

Strong February performance boosts Dutch plant and flower exports

After the slow start in January, flower and plant exports from the Netherlands increased by almost 6% in February. The cumulative value narrowly exceeded € 1 billion, according to statistics from Floridata. Exports to Eastern Europe, a good Valentine's Day and the retail segment were responsible for…

Dutch embassy gives tulip Philly Belle to the city of Philadelphia

The Dutch embassy has offered a new tulip to the city of Philadelphia during the Preview Gala of the large Philadelphia Flower Show on March 10. This is a gesture of recognition of the chosen theme: "Holland: Flowering the World". The tulip comes from the stand of Remarkable Tulips from Lisse. The…

Australia: Roadmap towards a stronger and more sustainable workforce

In partnership with Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA), the Review of Nursery Industry Career Pathways (NY17002) project is delivered by RM Consulting Group (RMCG), and works towards attracting, developing and retaining the right kind of people into our thriving and dynamic industry. The next…

"Previous government's BC Hydro contracts to cost ratepayers billions"

A newly released report details how the previous provincial government pressured BC Hydro into signing long-term contracts with independent power producers (IPPs) that will…

New rules provide protection for Kenyan farmers selling into the UK and EU

A British MEP has told colleagues that new rules against unfair trading will protect suppliers from Kenya and across the world when importing their produce into the EU and…

Collaborating and innovating in Australian horticulture

Several initiatives are rolling out across the Australian horticultural sector in the first half of 2019; bringing together a range of industries with the goal to promote better business, education, and industry growth. Strategy Consultation Workshops: ‘Your levy, your say, in your region’ In the lead up…

Bhagyashree Patil, Rise n' Shine Group:

"Bright future ahead for Indian floriculture"

"The future for the Indian floriculture looks bright", says Mrs Bhagyashree Patil, CMD at Rise n' Shine. This Indian tissue culture producer was exhibiting at the International Flora Expo 2019 in Magarpatta, Pune, India last month and they were pleasantly surprised by the reactions and interest of the…

US: Congressman Salud Carbajal and Congressman Ted Yoho to co-chair Cut Flower Caucus

Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA 24th District) and Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL, 3rd District) have become co-chairs of the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus. The Congressional Cut Flower Caucus was launched by a bipartisan effort of Congresswoman Lois Capps and Congressman Duncan Hunter in 2014. Since its inception, the…

HortInvest project in Rwanda officially launched

On 6 March 2019, in Rwanda’s Muhanga District, HortInvest was launched. This “Investing in Horticultural Development in Rwanda” project is worth €16.2 million; it is intended as a four year (2018-2021) horticultural value chain project. Launching the project after one year of implementation gave the…

US (FL): FNGLA’s priorities for the 2019 legislative session

FNGLA members understand each Spring represents new opportunities and new challenges - a chance to “grow” your business. Much the same as FNGLA members, newly elected officials arrive this Spring in Tallahassee for the 2019 Legislative Session. by Jim Spratt, FNGLA's Government Affairs Consultant There…

Suppliers see opportunities in the Vietnamese market

Day two for the HortEx Vietnam is a wrap. Visitors from the Vietnamese industry and other countries in the region visited the trade show and especially during the morning the paths were filled. Whereas many suppliers start to see the opportunities in the Vietnamese market, it's not a straightforward…

UK: Initial forecast irrigation prospects for 2019

The Environment Agency has published its initial forecast for irrigation prospects across key crop growing catchments in England. This first report is expected to be the first in a series of updates as the irrigation season develops. You can download the report from the HTA website.

Netherlands: Exports to Britain dropping for second year in a row

The Dutch national statistics agency CBS has reported that exports of goods from the Netherlands to Britain fell 1% last year to just over €20 billion, but rose 4% to the EU as a whole. It is the second year in a row that Dutch exports to Britain have fallen. In 2016 they actually rose 7%. Britain…

Video: "Microplastics—A Macroproblem"

Emily Ham graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Environmental Geoscience from Brock University in 2017. Currently, Emily is pursuing her Master’s degree in Earth Science at Brock, investigating microplastic levels in local water systems and agricultural soils. The goals of this…

Dunkirk and Calais strike continues

Hauliers now refusing to send trucks to UK

French customs officials in Calais and Dunkirk are continuing their protests in order to demonstrate what will happen after Brexit, when greater controls will have to be put into place for those crossing the channel. They say France isn’t ready for Brexit. The protests started earlier this week, and have…

UK: DCF invests in the future of plant health

The David Colegrave Foundation (DCF) is a supporter of the Royal Society of Biology’s (RSB) Plant Health Undergraduate Summer Studentship Programme for 2019. The scheme invites plant health researchers to submit proposals for one of nine available funded studentships for undergraduates to run over the…

Vietnam wants to become the vegetable garden of Southeast Asia

An aerial photo of the Vietnamese province of Lam Dong might remind you of Almeria, Spain - also known as the vegetable garden of Europe. As far as the Vietnamese are concerned, the country will fulfill the same function and become the vegetable growing heart of Southeast Asia. Numerous greenhouses can…

Australia: Fresh horticulture exports up 6%

The most comprehensive and contemporary data available on all sectors of the Australian horticulture industry is now available through the release of the 2017/18 Horticulture…

Administrative processes in the Import department at Veiling Rhein-Maas

At Veiling Rhein-Maas, the Import department ensures that flowers and plants arriving from countries such as Israel, Ethiopia, Kenya, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Italy and other countries can be auctioned successfully. The Import department's work includes e.g. unpacking and preparing products, an initial…

US: Pesticide Registration Improvement Act signed into law

U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said President Trump signed the…

CAN (PE): Digging in to a renewed interest in houseplants

Houseplants are not just for granny's house anymore — they can be seen on just about every blog, magazine and Instagram post these days. The trend is toward easy-to-keep, anything with a bold splash of green, and all things cute and succulent. Peter Meijer at Van Kampen's Greenhouses in Charlottetown…

AmericanHort supports need to release additional H-2B visas

AmericanHort strongly encourages the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security to exercise her authority to release the nearly 70,000 additional temporary, non-immigrant H-2B visas in excess of the statutory annual cap of 66,000. On March 4, 2019 a bipartisan group of 27 Senators and 110…

Colombian flowers, gifts since the 18th century

It was just in the 1960s that Colombia began to explore its potential as a flower supplier for the world. But long before this happened, almost 200 years before, its flowers were already considered something extraordinary. It was 1782 and the country was part of a Spanish colony called the Viceroyalty of…

Growers cash in on red roses for Women's Day

It's Women's Day! For many growers, this is one of the most important holidays after Valentine's Day. It is largely celebrated in Russia and Eastern Europe, where men give a nice bouquet of flowers to almost every woman in his life. And this year, red roses were in high demand and prices were high. We…

3 million flowers in Moscow greenhouses for International Women’s Day

Over 3 million flowers will be delivered for sale by greenhouses in the Moscow region before March 8, reported the Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mr. Andrey Razin. “The growers have a hot season now. In order to make all women happy on this festive day, they harvest about 40 varieties of elite roses…

US: When flower farmers go to Washington, D.C.

Last week, a delegation of flower farmers headed to Washington, D.C., to present the issues and concerns of American flower farmers to U.S. policymakers. These farmers left their farms, committed to the common cause, worked together, and shared their voices and insights on key topics, from immigration…

Johan Grootscholten, Green Career Consult:

"Companies that complain about leaving employees often also struggle with recruitment"

It can be quite painful for companies when a good employee jumps ship to join a competitor. When someone who was invested in heavily leaves the company just like that, it's understandable that it can create bad blood. Nevertheless, companies in such a situation are wise not to fight the transfer, says…

Russia: Roses for Women’s Day grow in “New Holland”

The specialists of the “New Holland” complex in the Leningrad region know exactly what the best present for International Women's Day is, as they have been growing flowers for more than 10 years. Even though the Leningrad region cannot boast the perfect climatic conditions for that kind of business due…

Women at A.M.A. share insights on driving horticulture forward

To mark International Women’s Day on March 8th, women at A.M.A. Horticulture Inc. are sharing their insights on how to drive horticulture forward. The company’s female team…

Light pollution map

Greenhouses light up the night sky

Many scientific datasets from satellites are in principle available for free, but that doesn't mean that they are actually accessible to the wider public. A new web application aims to change that, at least for satellite imagery of Earth at night. The app called " Radiance Light Trends " allows anyone…

US: 59 percent of retail florists see Valentine’s Day sales rise

With a weekday holiday and a strong economy, many retail florists had a good Valentine’s Day 2019. Fifty-nine percent of retail florists responding to a Society of American Florists’ post-holiday survey said their sales increased this year compared to 2018, when the holiday fell on a Wednesday — another…

Italians traditionally celebrate this holiday with mimosa

Italy turns yellow for Women's Day

Tomorrow, Women's Day will be celebrated by giving and receiving all kinds of flowers. However, in Italy, this holiday, also called Festa della Donna, is traditionally celebrated with mimosa. Men give the women in their lives a bunch of mimosa or a bouquet of flowers that should include mimosa. At Flora…

Brexit: Will it affect the Kenyan flower trade?

As Britain prepares to leave the European Union, workers in Kenya's flower industry are closely monitoring developments. Flowers are big business in Kenya and earnings from exports have doubled in the past five years. A key export destination is the UK, which most of the flowers enter after being…

EU: Warm spring results in positive start for garden plant season

Due to the good weather conditions, garden plant suppliers are able to present a beautiful product that they cultivated with lower energy use, and the consumer is ready to buy. It is a positive start of the season, and this vibe is also reflected on the exhibition floor of the FloraHolland Trade Fair in…

Kenya: "Chaos, losses in airport workers strike"

Passengers endured long waits while airlines and businesses counted huge losses as a strike by aviation workers paralysed operations at the country’s main airports on Wednesday. The Kenya Aviation Workers Union (Kawu) members downed their tools protesting against alleged unfair staff hiring, poor…

Involved horticulture supplier is given 3 years imprisonment

NL: Up to 9 years in prison for heroin production in pepper nursery

The District Court in The Hague sentenced ten men to prison sentences of 9 years, 6 years, 5 years, 3 years, 18 months and 12 months for their involvement in the production of…

Chinese to inspect quality of Kenya’s fresh produce

Chinese inspectors are set to visit Nairobi this month for certification checks on agricultural produce, putting Kenya on the path to fresh produce export to the expansive Asian market. Nairobi and Beijing last November inked a Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) deal which will see Kenyan exporters sell…

US: Rising wages point to tighter farm labor market

In recent years, farmers, growers, and ranchers throughout the United States have expressed concerns about the challenges of hiring an adequate number of qualified farmworkers at an economically viable wage. A prominent indicator of a tighter farm labor market in the United States is the rising real…

Ukraine : Import of roses increased by 25%

The flowers and plants import to Ukraine is changing fast. Over the last year, import of roses and carnations increased by 25% and 3%, respectively. At the same time, import of orchids (-9%), chrysanthemums (-17%) and lilies (-14%) decreased compared to last year. Interestingly, product form Africa…

Iran reports construction of 3,000 hectares of greenhouses in a year

The Minister of Agriculture of Iran said that 3000 hectares of greenhouses were created in the country, which can be deemed as a record. According to the information center of the Ministry of Agriculture-Jihad, IRNA, Mahmoud Hojjati, at a ceremony of initiating the 17-hectare greenhouse construction…

Australia: Key activities and developments managed by the NGIA

"As we close in on the end of another Summer, I hope things have settled down in your business following the holiday season and from the varying climatic conditions across the…

Canada: Marie-Claude Bibeau becomes Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced the following changes within the Ministry: Lawrence MacAulay, currently Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, becomes Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Marie-Claude Bibeau, currently Minister of International…

New consumer segments for flowers and plants

The research company Glocalities spent last year carrying out an extensive study on behalf of the Flower Council of Holland, Royal FloraHolland and VGB into the shared values that consumers have when it comes to flowers and plants. The consumer segmentation study carried out in Germany, France, the…

Kenya: Consumers gain, exporters pain as shilling hits 99 to the dollar

The Kenyan shilling has strengthened to below 100 units to the dollar for the first time in 10 months, yielding gains for consumers who are set to feel an ease in the cost of…

Growers talk about illegal discharging in the Netherlands

"A real grower doesn't pollute"

Recently a grower was taken to court by the Delfland Water Board for discharging dirty water into the surface water of the Hoefpolder in De Lier (Netherlands). Despite being illegal, discharges still…

UK: 2019 off to a good start with strong growth in garden centre sales

The February 2019 issue of HTA Market Update reports that garden centre sales in the UK experienced strong growth of 11% in January 2019 compared to January 2018. Despite concerns over Brexit deals and the UK’s economic situation remaining, plant and non-plant categories experienced significant growth,…

Bangladesh: Cut flower export on the rise

Bangladesh's export earnings from cut flower and foliage for the July to January period of the current fiscal (2018-19) touched $3.98 million already, up from just $0.02 million in the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data. EPB data also read, Bangladesh exported cut…


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