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Growing industrial production leads to further fall in European transport capacity surplus

On the transport market monitor (TMM), some noticable differences can be seen in the availability of road transport capacity. The data is provided by Tim Consult, and it is…

USDA seeks suggestions:

Plant protection act and National clean plant network program projects

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting stakeholders to submit project suggestions for fiscal year (FY) 2021 Plant Protection Act Section 7721 (PPA 7721) and National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funding. In total, APHIS will be making…

Frans Makken, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya:

"Ever since its independence Kenya and the Netherlands have had very strong ties"

After 5 years H.E. Mr. Frans Makken, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Kenya, Somalia and the Seychelles, will return to the Netherlands. The embassy thanks…

A case study in Battaramulla and Panadura Areas

Sri Lanka: Financial Literacy of Women Entrepreneurs in Floriculture Industry

Women entrepreneurship has become a debatable topic in today’s world. Women no longer adhere to conventional mindset that only men can be income earners in the family. Besides…

This is how SK Roses and FleuraMetz are preparing for 100% Digital

Growers and buyers, such as SK Roses and FleuraMetz, are preparing for 100% Digital and are working hard on the developments for it. SK Roses and FleuraMetz have been doing business with each other for years. In this video they explain what 100% Digital means for their companies specifically, which…

India: Himachal Govt to provide Rs 4 cr relief to floriculturists

The Horticulture Department has decided to provide a relief of Rs 4 crore to about 600 floriculturists who suffered total losses due to non-transportation of flowers during the entire lockdown period. The floriculture sector, which is still at the nascent state in Himachal despite a lot of potential,…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland Members’ Council meeting:

"Trade should commit to environmental certification"

During the additional Members’ Council meeting on 16 July 2020, the Members’ Council of Royal FloraHolland discussed two fundamental pillars for the future of the cooperative: the membership of tomorrow and enforcing environmental registration. The Members' Council was also updated on the progress we are…

Opinion column by Augusto Solano, Asocolflores

"Social sanctions as a tool to create a new urbanity in the 21st century"

In an opinion column, Augusto Solano of Colombian export association Asocolflores expresses his concerns regarding the Covid-19 situation in Latin America and how the society is, or better to say is not, obeying the rules. "Latin America, the region of the world that today leads the increase in…

NFU

UK government rules out financial support for ornamentals

Businesses in the UK ornamentals sector, worth more than £24 billion to the UK economy, face an uncertain future after the government ruled out financial support for plants and flowers that were wasted due to COVID-19 related market closures. In a letter to the NFU, Defra minister Lord Gardiner said that…

Rise ‘n Shine's efforts to unite the industry in these challenging times

India: "Success is all about growing together with others"

The ongoing Covid-19 crisis over the last four and a half months has taken a huge toll on the entire Floriculture industry worldwide, including India. “Our farmer friends had just started recovering from their losses caused by the use of artificial plastic flowers, but now this pandemic worldwide has hit…

Some ways how growers can put new ideas into action

Getting creative to grow your business

Summer is in full swing, and with it, we’re seeing fresh new ideas from growers to keep their businesses thriving. While adding services like no-contact purchasing options and…

However situation remains uncertain

"Mother’s Day helped South African industry get back on its feet"

"If we weren't allowed to open on Mother's Day, we would all be telling a different story", says Karen Kelly, of House of Flowers, a florist shop in Bedfordview, South Africa. According to her, the lockdown the country went into on March 26, heavily impacted the industry. Fortunately, growers could apply…

AHDB grower ballot attracts unprecedented interest

A grower’s ballot to obtain views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), organised by three professional growers from south Lincolnshire, has attracted unprecedented interest across both agriculture and horticulture. The ballot was sent out at the start of July to 1,600…

Noviflora

Noviflora about environmental registration and certification:

"This obligation is the start of a movement that will not stop"

Registration and certification can be difficult and expensive for growers with a complex cultivation plan. Now 40% of Royal FloraHolland members have an environmental certificate. The auction is going to help this percentage increase to 100%. How does plant exporter Noviflora feel about the introduction…

Southeastern Grocers has partnered with Eagle Eye Solutions and Ecrebo

Publix and Instacart rolling out initiative across chain of over 1,200 stores

US: Walmart, CVS, Walgreens earn high marks for disability effortsWalmart, CVS and Walgreens led other food retailers when it comes crafting a culture of inclusion for people with disabilities, according to new research. The recognition comes from the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint…

Alaska Perfect Peony

US (AK): Peony farming keeps growing even as markets change

The Homer Peony Celebration kicked off last Friday, with tours and peony art throughout the lower peninsula. The event, the first of what many hope will become an annual celebration, lasts through July 25. Peony farming was the topic on Saturday’s edition of Homer Grown with host Desiree Hagen. Guests…

Schiphol Cargo

Fewer flowers at Schiphol Airport due to COVID-19

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s (AAS) total cargo volume for the first half of 2020 declined by 14.5 per cent to 655,942 tonnes compared to 2019, as an increase in full freighter capacity did not make up for the decline in belly traffic. Full freighter flights were up 48.1 per cent to 10,274 Air Transport…

Retailers perspective:

US: "It’s been a very bumpy ride, but we are on the positive side now"

It’s been a very bumpy ride for floral, which IRI data confirms, but we are on the positive side now. Though sales took a significant hit early in the pandemic, Mother’s Day seems to be the turning point as sales have risen over and above last year and that trend is projected to continue. This was shared…

“There are a couple of strong campaigns to come, and we are ready for 2021.”

Flower Council of Holland increases budget for the remainder of 2020

After some challenging months with massively reduced sales for the floriculture sector, the market is now developing more favourably. The crisis has had a substantial impact,…

Biosafety Protocol Certification, a new chapter for Flor Ecuador Certified

Flor Ecuador Certified has included a new chapter in its certification scheme from the “worker’s health, safety and welfare” team. "Adapted for our industry’s need to certify…

British Florist Association shares results of Covid-19 survey

Since March 2020 when the lockdown began everyone in the floral industry has experienced a unique set of problems to deal with. The British Florist Association created a survey to get a feel for how florists were coping and if there were areas where they specifically needed help. There was a great…

Loss of turnover Royal FloraHolland: 10% in first half of the year.

In the first half of 2020, the turnover at FloraHolland, due to the coronacrisis was 2.3 billion euros, 10% lower compared to the first six months of 2019. The average price of flowers was 2.8% lower, houseplants 3.6% higher and that of garden plants 16.8% higher. The volume decreased by 11.7%. Over the…

Australian business benchmarking tool webinar: A practical demonstration

Did you miss the online practical demonstration of the latest edition of the nursery business financial benchmarking tool? The project team has made the webinar available online for any growers who missed the session. To watch the webinar, head to: youtube.com/watch?v=jLsESMDbXEo&feature=youtu.be…

Online platform still available till September 1

Cultivate'20 Virtual: It's a wrap!

Yesterday, Cultivate'20 Virtual closed its doors of the live event. After organizing a physical exhibition in the USA for nearly 100 years, the organization, AmericanHort, had to adapt quickly to the situation that turned everything upside down. In just three months, they created an online platform; the…

Kenya: Flower farm workers troop back as sales improve

The Kenya Plantations and Agricultural Workers Union (KPAWU) says 85 percent of the workforce in flower and vegetable farms are back on duty. This is after three months of anxiety due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The union said plans are underway for the remaining group which was placed under unpaid leave…

Piet Rensen (PDI) 65, but he is far from done:

"Suddenly the chef pulled a gun from under his apron"

He raises his hand to just above his head: "Two meters leg height used to be high, but nowadays six meters is already common." Piet Rensen will be with Peter Dekker Installaties for thirty years next year and will celebrate his 65th birthday on July 18. This brings the retirement age close, although Piet…

Pakistani flower business wilts under lockdown

Flower producers in Pakistan seem hopeful since the government started reopening businesses after almost four months of a lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak. During the…

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Changed requirements for the import of plants, seeds and planting materials into Kenya

There is a change in regards to market access of horticultural produce in Kenya. The Kenya Bureau of standards (KEBS) changed the import regulation of plants, seeds and planting materials. Check below if this has impact on your business. KEBS issued a new directive under Legal notice 78, the directive…

Big tides

Soex Flora pledges to stop using artificial flowers

"Artificial flowers taking away share of real flowers"

In India, the trend of using artificial flowers started about 4 to 5 years ago, but from the last 2-3 years it became increasingly popular, and selling in similar market places of fresh flowers giving the customers option to choose from both. This is explained by Narendra Patil of Soex Flora, an Indian…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland:

First Blueroots buyer ready for 100% Digital trading

Recently, Hilverda De Boer, co-founder of Blueroots, successfully placed an order with a grower using an API link through Floriday. With this fully digital transaction, the buyer link for Floriday was tested in practice. The success of this test is an important milestone for the 100% Digital programme,…

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Post-Brexit trade and the border operating model

In a comment on the UK Government announcement on post-Brexit trade and the border operating model, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the HTA said: “We welcome additional detail from Government on how the UK’s trade and border policy will operate but are deeply concerned that it does…

AIPH, CIOPORA and Union Fleurs call for reason, fairness

Breeders miss out on royalty payments during crisis

Some growers, especially of cut flowers, saw huge sales losses in some markets as the retail supply chain shut down in response to rules imposed worldwide to control the COVID-19 pandemic. Many flower growers had to destroy flowers, for which a royalty payment was due, and businesses throughout the chain…

Show in full swing

Cultivate’20 Virtual is as real as it gets this year

Cultivate'20 Virtual took off yesterday. In just 3 months, the AmericanHort team turned this 10,000 people event into a virtual event with more than 250 exhibitors. The organization is pleased to see that over 8,000 people registered for the virtual event, which goals is to create as much interaction as…

Royal FloraHolland

Royal FloraHolland looks to promote sustainability with Greenovation Award

In recent years, Royal FloraHolland has presented the Greenovation Award during the Trade Fair, to growers who are innovative and provide a fresh perspective in the field of sustainability. Wilma Kofoed, Manager of Trade Shows and Events introduced this award a number of years ago and, in this interview,…

CAN (GQ): Implementation agreement of Peat and Substrate Cluster signed

Québec Peat Moss Producers Association (APTHQ), in collaboration with the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), is proud to announce the signing of the implementation agreement of the Bas-St-Laurent Peat and Substrate Cluster for the 2019-2024 period. Resulting from the ACCORD approach…

Market characteristics and opportunities for family farms in Chapecó, Brazil

Floriculture is very lucrative to small producers as it requires small land areas, with usually short production cycles. The region of Santa Catarina West in Brazil has growth…

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Parliament of Ecuador endorses trade agreement with United Kingdom

The National Assembly of Ecuador (Parliament) approved a trade agreement with the United Kingdom, still pending ratification by the president, and which will govern economic relations between the two countries in the post-Brexit era. The United Kingdom is the fifth largest importer of goods in the world…

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HTA launches ‘Keep Britain Growing’ campaign

There is no doubt that coronavirus has had a devastating impact on British ornamental horticulture. However, lockdown has created an unexpected upside for the industry – which is that many more people have been encouraged into their gardens, creating a legion of novice gardeners who want to improve their…

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Russian government expands loan payment terms for greenhouse construction

The government of the Russian Federation have expanded the terms of paying back loans with government support provided for greenhouse construction. The corresponding decree has been posted on the site of the Cabinet of Ministers. “The growers who have taken a loan with government support for the…

Valoya

LED growth light company Valoya:

Built on the curiosity to explore the possibilities of light

“We were founded back in 2009, when there was only a handful of LED companies on the market, and the technology itself was still raising eyebrows,” says Nemanja Rodic, Marketing Director of Valoya. “In those days, LED meant only piercing, purple light. We changed that by introducing the first white light…

US (MI): Shutdown on industry retail sales relaxed, face masks mandatory

MGGC was asked to testify on the effects of the Governor’s EOs on the greenhouse industry by the Chair of the House Agriculture at a joint meeting of the Agriculture and…

"infringement on free movement of seeds and finished products"

Plantum expresses concern about French proposal to ban “in vitro mutagenesis”

On May 6, the French ministry submitted a "Draft Decree" to the European Commission. It states that France considers products of “in vitro mutagenesis” as regulated GMOs. Specifically, it is proposing to ban a number of herbicide tolerant rapeseed varieties in France. This proposal has triggered a…

Hivos

Collaboration between Tanzanian flower farms and Hivos

Mount Meru Flowers collaborated with Hivos and their Women@Work Campaign on the implementation of new policies to strengthen the voice of their employees. As part of the Women@Work Campaign the farm implemented a sexual harassment policy. Adoption of the policy has created awareness on what sexual harassment entails…

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Doing business in Kenya and Tanzania: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Kenya and Tanzania. The Dutch embassies provide an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved with agribusiness in Kenya and Tanzania. The agriculture team of the Netherlands embassy can answer further…

Torrington, CT

Ground broken on new hydroponic facility to serve marginalized communities

June 30, 2020 was an exciting day for local Connecticut organization, New Opportunities. After years of planning, ground was broken on a new hydroponic farm project called "CT Food4Thought" that is going to bring fresh, nutritious, pesticide free food to local food banks, shelters, soup kitchens, and…

World Horti Center

Virtual trip from Hungary to the World Horti Center

Agri-innovation is not just a buzzword: it is the key for profitability and sustainability in agriculture. The Hungarian Business Council for Sustainable Development was introduced to the Triple Helix approach. Photo: WHC. On July 9, a virtual delegation of thirty Hungarian representatives of the…

Garden Media Group to preview 2021 garden trends at CultivateVirtual

This month, garden industry insiders will gather virtually for Cultivate’20, AmericanHort’s annual conference. Garden Media Group’s Katie Dubow will once again be premiering the firm's widely anticipated annual Garden Trends Report and sharing what they see as the future of gardening. Dubow will present…

René Polak (BLV) optimistic after first post-corona farmers:

"German replacement market not at a standstill, growers wanting more again"

He feared the worst, mid-corona crisis. He thought he might have to approach many growers 'hat-in-hand'. But, things aren't that bad, after all. "I expected much worse," says René Polak of the German company, BLV Licht- und Vakuumtechnik GmbH. "There are, of course, companies that are struggling.…

A. Murawska

Market for ornamentals in Poland: state of play

The Polish sector for ornamental flowers and plants is visibly recovering after the corona crisis and is looking positive in the future.Trade nightmare in March and AprilThe last profitable day before the corona crisis started, was for the floristry sector Women’s Day, celebrated on the 8th of March in…

Survey by Colviveros reveals

Live plants begin to regain ground in Colombia

Little by little, and as a result of the entry into operation of sectors such as construction, the reopening of large stores and trends such as teleworking and digital commerce, the production segment of live plants and ornamental in Colombia begins to feel its commercial revival. A survey carried out by…

UMass Amherst

UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab accepting new orders July 13, 2020

The UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab will be accepting new orders for routine soil analysis and particle size analysis orders only beginning Monday, July 13, 2020. Please do not send orders for other types of analyses at this time. Orders should be sent via USPS, UPS, FedEx or other private…

Australian green industry navigates lockdown period

"It has been a difficult fortnight for some with restrictions being reintroduced in Victoria. Border restrictions differ across the States and so we have captured this…

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India: Import of cut flowers permitted only through Chennai airport

Import of cut flowers into India are now allowed only through Chennai airport, according to a notification of the commerce ministry. Earlier there were no such restrictions on the import of these flowers which include Roses, Carnations, Orchids, Chrysanthemums and Lilies. "Import policy of cut flowers...…

Lockyer Cut Flowers

Flower market back on track in southern Queensland

A Southern Queensland flower grower says the flower market has stabilised after a turbulent start to the year — but the implications of tightening coronavirus restrictions in Victoria are still unclear. Lockyer Cut Flowers owner Stephen Spierling produces cut flowers, including roses, ranunculus, and…

"The Government omitted support for Britain's growers"

Following the Chancellor's announcement, the HTA issued the following statement: “Today’s announcement by the Chancellor is deliberately aimed at the hospitality sector.…

BALI

UK: Defra releases additional plant passport guidance

To assist those individuals and businesses classed as ‘professional operators’ under plant health regulations which came into effect during December 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released a suite of documents on the Plant Health Portal. The documents explain the…

CCFC

California growers look back on successful June campaign

This year has been interesting to say the least. The California Cut Flower Commission has been always looking at ways to increase demand for California Grown flowers and greens and the June campaign has continued to be a great success. I have spoken with a couple of growers that saw growth in June sales…

An interview with Mohan Choudhery, CEO Black Tulip Flowers

Kenyan floriculture road to recovery from COVID-19 crisis

Black Tulip Flowers is one of the largest growers and exporter of fresh-cut flowers from Kenya. Black tulips have their farms at various locations in Kenya and employ thousands of people. They have their presence in all verticals of floriculture business from farms, wholesale, retail florist shops, and…

GIA

Australia: Close encounter with Asian gypsy moth

The Head of Biosecurity at the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), Lyn O’Connell, reminded the country of the threat posed by sailing vessels to national biosecurity this week. “Around 500 non-commercial boats/yachts and 19,000 commercial vessels arrive in Australia each year and…

US: These are the flowers most frequently searched for during the coronavirus pandemic

Breck's, an online plant and flower seller, noted that Americans most frequently searched for blooms such as lilies, peonies, and gardenias during quarantine. The COVID-19…

Gerald Bonner's July eHort Message

"Giants of horticulture are having difficulty keeping up with demand"

"I am delighted to report that most garden centres up and down the country have had a thoroughly good month of June and that gardeners around the UK & Ireland are stocked up and fully in love with their garden again!", Gerald Bonner, FCIHort President says in his July eHort Message posted on…

Zimbabwe: "Time to tap into awakening global floriculture market"

As global markets went to “sleep” because of lockdown measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 early this year, demand for some horticultural produce fell drastically. Hotels,…

US: Travelers says flower cos. can't claim $2M pandemic losses

Travelers Property Casualty Co. has asked a California federal court to nix a flower importers' suit over their $2 million COVID-19-induced property loss insurance claims,…

Agritecture

2nd Annual Global CEA Census announced: CEA amidst COVID-19

Autogrow and Agritecture Consulting have launched their 2nd Annual Global CEA Census, focusing on understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on controlled environment agriculture (CEA) operations around the world. “We’re all operating in a unique situation right now and what’s required is a reality check.…

M&A activity remains high in floriculture market amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Triggering uncertainty and operational as well as financial challenges, COVID-19 resulted in a significant drop in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the overall economy during the first half of 2020. A lot of floricultural companies were also severely hit, and we have seen many M&A transactions being…

AIPH supports webinar for Indonesian flower growers looking for recovery from Covid-19

For ornamentals growers in Indonesia, the Covid-19 pandemic has been a significant blow to their businesses. With a heavy reliance on flower sales for hotels, weddings and…

CAN (BC): Updated order regarding industrial work camps

With the province beginning to reopen, the BC Provincial Health Officer has issued a new Public Health Order relating to Industrial Work Camps and workers within the…

Dendrobium cultivation in India: The bumpy road to success

The Indian culture is always associated with varied flowers like marigold, jasmine, tuberose and high value cut flowers like gerbera, carnation, rose, chrysanthemum etc. However, over the last years, the dendrobium, once supposed to be an exotic/imported flower, has taken a center place in every…

ONfloriculture

CAN (ON): Workplace protection program accepting applications for on-farm changes made in March

On May 14, 2020 the ministry announced the launch of the Agri-Food Workplace Protection Program for Producers. However, many in the greenhouse sector had already made pro-active improvements to workplace safety in light of Covid-19. If you fall into that category, the program is now accepting…

Operational Director (COO) Antoine Kapteijns on Codema's approach to securing quality in customized horticultural solutions

Developing horticultural expertise worldwide

How does the Dutch specialist in horticultural solutions ensure that the same high-quality customization is provided worldwide? Codema's COO tries to standardize processes and components as much as possible while remaining room for customization. Though still maintaining people at the centre. In this…

Guido Vollebregt, Royal FloraHolland:

"Supply Ethiopian roses back to a normal level"

Yesterday already, a large portion of roses came from Ethiopia and today the supply out of this country is about back to a normal level, says Guido Vollebregt, Product Manager…

from 3.9% to 19.5%

Turkish Growers Association delighted with increase in import tax on outdoor plants

Turkish Growers Association (SUSBIR) President Ahmet Dundar expressed the grower’s satisfaction with the increase of the import tax on outdoor plants and noted that he is expecting this development to an increase in outdoor plant production in Turkey. Ahmet Dundar: “We have been trying for years to stop…

Tanzania targets $3 billion in horticulture exports by 2025

The government of Tanzania plans to repossess eight premium but “white elephant” commercial horticulture estates on the southern slopes of Mount Meru in Arusha Region.…

Da Lat - Vietnam's hub of flower exports

Da Lat, known as the city of flowers, is set to become a fresh flower export hub in Southeast Asia. The central highlands city aims to raise its annual flower export value far beyond the current 50 million US dollars to match its capacity of producing yearly 3.1 billion flower branches. Vietnam+ visited…

Canadian Visa application centre in Mexico City closed

WALI was notified on July 2 that the Canadian Visa Application Centre (CVAC) in Mexico City has temporarily ceased operations and quarantined all staff. This office is…

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"Flower industry a growing market in Fiji"

Scores of people flocked to the Nausori ROC Market in Fiji to take advantage of home-made products, food, handicrafts and other accessories on sale. Among the vendors was Pravina Rae, a florist. She has been operating her flower business for the past 12 years and also shared her knowledge with women who…

Webinar defines the road to recovery for the ornamental horticulture industry

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and its magazine, FloraCulture International (FCI), had ornamentals growers from around the world join its free webinar on 30 June 2020. The event was titled: Supporting Growers Coming Out of The Covid-19 Crisis, with more than 300 people registering…

Coronavirus hurts cut phalaenopsis sales in Turkey significantly

Cut phalaenopsis growers in Antalya report that their sales have completely stopped due to the coronavirus. Grower Kadir Erdem: “We will definitely close the season with a loss. The only sales activity we had in recent months was during Mother’s Day. We have a 6-hectare cut phalaenopsis greenhouse and…

NL: Rose prices are high, but not as spectacular as expected

Due to the decrease in supply as a result of the unrest in Ethiopia and the bad weather in Kenya, a significant increase in rose prices was expected for today. However, this…

Turkish cut flower growers are exporting at a loss just to help their cash flow

Turkey Cut Flowers Exporters Association Chairman Ismail Yilmaz noted that the economic measures and support programs announced by the government in order to battle the economic impact of the COVID-19 outbreak do not cover the cut flowers and ornamental plants industry. Ismail Yilmaz: “Flower growers and…

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India: Micro irrigation of flower crops under protected conditions

Flowers have always been an integral part of Indian culture and society. With globalization and free market economy, floriculture has attained an industrial status and has gained tremendous momentum in the last few years. However, this sector is still in a nascent stage of development and accounts for a…

Asocolflores

Colombian agriculture in times of a pandemic

COVID had a major impact in the Colombian floriculture sector; exports have been reduced by more than 80% and this creates a big impact on the entire floriculture production chain. The crops are currently producing at less than 50% of their capacity. The main concern for the Colombian Association of…

Unrest in Ethiopia keeps flowers grounded

NL: "Flower prices will be high on Monday"

Unrest in Ethiopia is keeping flowers grounded since last Tuesday. On top of that, supply out of Kenya is lower due to the weather. In turn, it is expected that the prices,…

SeaNews

"Flower imports to Russia slightly down in Q1 2020"

According to SeaNews Russian Foreign Trade Customs Statistics online service, in Q1 2020 Russia imported $104.7 mn worth of cut flowers, down 1.6% year-on-year. Roses account for the majority of imports with 238.9 mn flowers (-1.4%) worth $49.5 mn (+2.5%) imported, mostly from Belarus, Ecuador and Kenya.…

OMRI seal usage update

OMRI (the Organic Materials Review Institute), reviewer of input products for organic use, announced today that the familiar OMRI Listed seal will now represent all OMRI Listed products, eliminating…

easing measures provide insufficient change for the wedding industry

NL: Bad times for wedding industry - 1 in 10 florists do not expect to be in business in 2021

37.6% of wedding suppliers do not expect to reach the end of the year if nothing changes. For florists, who often also provide flowers for other occasions, this applies to 10% of them. This information comes from research conducted by wedding platform ThePerfectWedding.nl among 1,300 wedding suppliers,…

USMCA takes effect: welcome news for struggling farmers

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) goes into effect, at a crucial time for farmers and ranchers struggling to recover from COVID-19 losses and a depressed…

UK: Department for Environmental Food & Rural Affairs presents Horticulture Statistics 2019 report

The value of ornamental plants and flowers in the UK in 2019 increased by 2.7% compared to 2018, but the value of imports (-1.9%) and export (-5.4%) fell. This is presented in the Horticulture Statistics 2019 report of the Department for Environmental Food & Rural Affairs that has been published this…

A co-creation with growers and for growers

Make the difference with plant-pot combinations of Desch Design Studio

The Desch Design Studio works together closely with growers, exploiting colour as the main ingredient in developing new and creative plant pot concepts. "So, Colour Your Story? Desch Design Studio." A good example of such a concept is the 'Urban Gardening' product line, which Desch Design Studio recently…

littlegreen

The Colombian strategic agenda for the floriculture sector 2020 – 2030

In this article you can learn more about the Colombian strategic agenda for the floriculture sector 2020 – 2030, called "For the sustainability of the floriculture sector", which recently has been presented in the presence of Colombian President Duque. The agenda was jointly created by the Colombian…

Spectacular figures and prices on the FloraHolland clocks

Last month, a spray chrysanthemum on the FloraHolland clocks costed an average of 41 euro cents - and that really is unprecedented. A disbud chrysanthemum was clocked at 48…

The Australian Made kangaroo is here to stay

The famous Australian Made logo is not being replaced. It will remain as Australia’s global product symbol, following reports of a new Nation Brand for Australia. According to…

HTA wants grant aid scheme for British growers

Following on from the British Prime Minister's statement, HTA Chairman, James Barnes, made the following comment: "The Government's re-commitment to planting 75,000 acres of…

Provender Nurseries

UK: Provender Nurseries' top five plants in lockdown

BALI Registered Affiliate member Provender Nurseries highlights the top five popular plants which have been purchased from their Kent nursery and cash & carry during the COVID-19 lockdown. It certainly has been an unusual season, to say the least. The lockdown saw many people working from home or…

UK growers seek views on ‘outdated’ compulsory levy body

A group of professional growers based in Lincolnshire is organising a ballot to obtain views on the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The three growers collectively grow potatoes, vegetables and flowers across 2,025 ha (5,000 acres) of land, and 5.6 ha (14 acres) of glasshouses;…

No shortage of American Grown roses

It’s a topic that comes up almost every year: a shortage of roses. Natural disasters, labor issues and, this year, COVID-19 and the related supply chain challenges, can disrupt the availability of roses in the U.S.  Menagerie Farm & Flower While there are fewer weddings happening this summer due to the pandemic, there’s still…

Rwanda Development Board

What's the way forward for Rwanda’s horticulture industry?

There is need for an organised value chain to boost productivity and increase Rwanda’s horticulture export revenue, horticulture exporters have said. The call was made at the official launch of Rwanda’s Horticulture Exports Association last week in Kigali. According to Robert Rukundo, Chairman of the…

Community Plant Variety Office

Updated plant variety guidance on Brexit

In the context of the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, the European Commission and the Community Plant Variety Office have published updated guidance for stakeholders regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union and the EU rules applicable in the field…

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China flower industry news flash

The Flower Expo China Committee has put together an overview of news from the Chinese flower industry, which you can find below. Zhengzhou, a rising flower trade hub in Midwestern ChinaAs a major hub of China's national transportation network, Zhengzhou is now an increasingly important transfer station for flowers shipped from…

Greener Spaces Better Places

Australia: NSW government announces guide for greener places policy

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) have announced a draft design guide as part of the first ever Greener Places policy, to inform planning controls at every level of urban development across state and local government. Advocates from Greener Spaces Better Places - a national…

Dutch horticultural exports down in April

In April 2020, Dutch horticultural exports were 11 percent lower than in April 2019. The export of cut flowers saw the sharpest drop at 35 percent. This is reported by Wageningen Economic Research (WUR) and Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of joint research commissioned by the Ministry of…

Jerry van der Spek, ADFonline, on the country's ornamental potential

Brazilian market shows lots of promise

Many growers are often looking for new countries to export their products to, but what if the market in your own country is large enough and still growing? In this article, we're talking about Brazil. With its 210 million inhabitants, it is a very large market and over the years, the ornamental industry…

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Kenya-US trade talks to start next month

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the much anticipated trade talks between Kenya and the United States of America will start on 7th July 2020. The President said the Kenyan negotiating team that includes the country's envoy in Washington DC is ready to start the negotiations. "We are still on schedule to…

"We are seeing prices we've never seen before"

Netherlands: Scarcity sends chrysanthemum prices through the roof

Even though the high temperatures, the prices for chrysanthemum cut flowers are high. The reason is scarcity. Due to the uncertain market situation and the decreased supply for the summer season, the supply is much lower than usual during this time of the year. "By about 30 percent", chrysanthemum grower…

Veiling Rhein-Maas gives insight in general situation at the marketplace

With this text, Veiling Rhein-Maas wants to inform you about the latest developments concerning supply and demand at the marketplace in Straelen-Herongen. Please keep on…

Australia: Onshore Biosecurity levy fails to get the green light

The Federal Government of Australia has missed an opportunity to share responsibility for national biosecurity more equitably across industry with its recent decision not to…

Alumat Zeeman's new webshop:

"Even in horticulture, more sales are done digitally"

The COVID-19 pandemic gave 'quite the digital boost' to not only consumers' buying habits, but also the buying habits of the B2B horticulture market. Alumat Zeeman's new webshop is visited a lot, tells Bert Strikkers, one of the company's directors.  "It's increasingly normal to purchase items via a webshop,…

104 organizations join submission to USDA

AmericanHort leads coalition letter supporting relief for horticulture

AmericanHort released the following statement after filing official comments urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make nursery and floriculture producers eligible for…

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HTA response to UK Government lockdown relaxation announcements

In response to the UK Government’s announcement that the social distancing rule of two metres will be reduced to one metre plus, with cafes able to reopen from 4 July, James…

All-America Selections releases Annual Report

All-America Selections (AAS) has just released the 2019-2020 Annual Report reflecting the group’s activities from the past 12 months.  “There is little question that in 2020, we have…

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US (CA): Poinsettia growers try to gauge an uncertain market

With six months to go until Christmas, nursery growers are looking at a world much different from the one in which they placed their orders for poinsettia cuttings. "That's why people in the nursery industry don't go to the casinos a lot," producer Bill Eisley of Auburn said. "We gamble every day." The…

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Going green: COVID-19 pandemic has people drawn to indoor gardening, houseplants

Eric Hillegass has noticed that people have been going greener since the pandemic hit. A co-owner of Bespoke Home + Life in Collingswood, Hillegass along with his husband Patrick Bartscherer, had their storefront shutdown for months like other “non-essential” retail businesses in the state, but were able…

US (CA): Report details pandemic losses to farms and ranches

Pandemic-related losses to California farms, ranches and agricultural businesses will range between $5.9 billion and $8.6 billion this year, according to an economic study…

"Increased plant imports highlight the growing need to support UK horticulture"

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) is calling for the UK Government to address the growing need to support UK horticulture and with it, support a green economic revival post-COVID-19. A new HTA industry survey reveals that over half of British ornamental growers (52%) expect a further downturn in…

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US: San Diego County farmers fight for share of federal COVID-19 relief money

Farmers who grow San Diego County’s most valuable crops may miss out on federal cash for coronavirus-related losses because some of their agriculture products — primarily flowers, nursery plants and exotic fruits — are not included in the relief program. The growers are pushing to get their specialty…

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UK: Garden centre owner hopes royal visit will encourage others back

The owner of a north Norfolk garden centre is hoping their royal visit will give people the confidence to return to the store. Martin Turner and his wife Jennie had the most unexpected visitor on June 15, when the secretary for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, visited the Fakenham garden centre…

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Iran earns $40 million with flower and plant exports

Iran exported $40 million worth of plants and flowers in the last fiscal year that ended on March 19, 2020. According to Gholamreza Taqavi, an Agriculture Ministry official, Iraq, Russia, Turkmenistan, Armenia and Azerbaijan were the main export destinations. About $15 million worth of flowers and…

Doing business in Kenya: updates regarding COVID-19

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

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Bangladesh: Covid-19, Amphan wrecks havoc on flower cultivation in Benapole

The dual onslaught of Covid-19 pandemic and Cyclone Amphan has devastated flower cultivation in Benapole, leaving its growers amid a heap of losses. The most impact has been felt by the floral cultivators of Godkhali upazila, said to be the largest region for cultivating flowers in the country. The…

Jerry van der Spek, ADFonline: "Flowering plants back on track, cut flowers hit hard"

The impact of COVID-19 on the Brazilian market

The ornamental industry in Brazil is growing year after year, but how is the industry in this country going through this global pandemic? We talked with Jerry van der Spek, a Dutchman who's been living in Brazil for 30 years now, has always worked in the horticulture industry and started working for…

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U.S. limits visas for temporary workers, exemptions for agrifood

President Trump on Monday expanded a measure restricting visas to the United States to target many more temporary foreign workers, limiting immigrants from coming to the country for employment in industries including technology, academia, hotels and construction. The order primarily affects H-1B visas,…

US: Industry economist points to promising signs post-crisis

Here’s some promising news to start your summer: In the coming months, most Americans believe they will purchase flowers and/or plants for others (59 percent) and themselves…

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US: Nursery/greenhouse/flower survey on CFAP funding

Are you a nursery/greenhouse/cut flower grower who has been impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions? Completing this survey will help Cornell provide data to USDA, which may help impacted farms qualify for CFAP farm disaster funding. If you are a nursery/greenhouse grower or cut flower grower, you may be…

Flower Circus Talks interview: Marco van Zijverden

Plants division Dutch Flower Group had best May ever

Over the last weeks, John Elstgeest has made an impressive collection of COVID-19 interviews with all kind of players in the international ornamental industry. It is all gathered under the name 'Flower Circus Talks'.  In the latest episode, Marco van Zijverden, CEO Dutch Flower Group, is being interviewed.…

Tyler Paterson, Florists Supply, explains:

Importing flowers during a global pandemic

The floral industry is unfortunately not immune to unprecedented challenges that have arisen with the global impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and climate change. by Tyler Paterson, Florists Supply Director of Cut Flower Operations At Florists Supply, and other flower importers, current growing conditions…

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British survey reveals:

UK: "Majority of ornamental businesses badly affected by the ongoing impacts of COVID-19"

Ornamental growers in the UK have lost nearly 60% of sales due to stock losses on average as a result of the coronavirus lockdown and market closure forcing them to dispose of their crop, a new survey shows. The survey, co-ordinated by the NFU, HTA and AHDB, also shows that the loss of sales due to stock…

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Flower shortage sweeps Australia during Covid crisis

Florists are having to turn customers away as a Covid-19-induced flower shortage sweeps Australia. Since flower imports from Africa ground to a halt at the beginning of the pandemic due to flight cancellations, local flower growers have been unable to cope with a simultaneous surge in demand from…


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