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Green light for Scottish flower growers to resume operating

Horticulture businesses have been given the go-ahead by the Scottish government to resume operations, so long as workers stick strictly to public health rules on social…

Positive market development at Veiling Rhein-Maas

Veiling Rhein-Maas has reported a positive market development in the last few days, which is expected to continue towards Easter in the following week. The weather forecast for the next two weeks, including Easter, is very good with expected temperatures of over 20 °C. Many end consumers are at home now…

Corona crisis: country updates

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

"Virus to cut $10 billion from Kenya GDP"

Kenya’s economy could shrink by five percent in what will represent a $10 billion (Sh1 trillion) loss of the country’s output if the coronavirus pandemic is not contained,…

List of initiatives to support flower industry continues to grow

#flowerboostchallenge, #BondWithFlowers, #canadianflowerboostchallenge, #flowers4heros, #YoMeQuedoEnCasa, #BuyFlowersNotToiletPaper, #weareinthistogether, and #flowerstrong are just a few initiatives that have been created over the last weeks to support the flower industry. And the list continues.  #FlowersFeedTheSoul Syngenta…

Online platform matches suppliers with consumers in a move to keep the UK supply chain flowing

A new online platform is to be launched last week by the Fresh Produce Consortium as a means of ensuring that the fresh produce supply chain keeps moving across the UK. On Your Doorstep has been set up to provide a free of charge service for suppliers of fresh produce in a move to connect them with…

next roundtable on April 8

PMA organizes "Virtual Town Hall Floral" roundtables to discuss latest COVID-19 disruptions

Last Wednesday, on April 1, PMA organized "Virtual Town Hall Floral" in which the latest COVID-19 disruptions on the global cut floral and potted plant market was discussed in…

European Foundation for Innovation and Application of Technology

Intec proposes the creation of an app to connect producers with the workforce

Lack of workers in the field is a common problem for all EU countries. According to calculations by the European Foundation for Innovation and Application of Technology (Intec), Spain lacks 160,000 short-term workers for agricultural campaigns, although the figure may multiply by at least two in May or…

Seasonal workers arrive in Canada

The following updates from OFVGA and FARMS provide clarity around worker isolation, pay, and an update on arrivals. Please be aware that Ontario’s Ministry of Health released…

US (GA): Green industry is essential under shelter-in-place order

Governor Kemp of Georgia declared that he would sign an Executive Order for a state-wide ‘shelter-in-place’ to take effect on Friday, April 3, 2020, and end on Monday, April…

Australia: Will there be flowers for Mother's Day?

Vaughn Kemsley is kept busy at this time of the year putting the finishing touches to his crop of Chrysanthemums flowering in time for mums across the state. The Tamar Valley…

Japan: Flower sales plummet as virus fears lay waste to seasonal events

Crushing sales declines in the floral market following the coronavirus outbreak have Japanese producers and sellers scared that depleted demand will hollow out the industry.…

Coronavirus pandemic brings South African flower industry to a standstill

The South African and international flower industries are in dire straits due to market closures and limited international flights as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) global pandemic. Matie Taljaard, owner of Kanetberg Flora near Riversdale, said the industry had just about come to a…

Glenn Fenton, Greenlife Industry Australia:

"Incredible amount of anxiety in our Industry about whether enough has been done"

The COVID 19 crisis and the Federal and State Government's response to it, will define our economy and our industry for several years.   by Glenn Fenton, Greenlife Industry Australia President…

Qatar Airways Cargo increases flights to the Netherlands

Qatar Airways cargo has increased its freighter flight frequency to The Netherlands, from 9 to 34 flights per week. The carrier is using Boeing 777 and 747 aircraft to operate…

India: Coronavirus lockdown reduces flowers to cattle feed

Marigolds, Jasmine, Lillies, Roses – that are used in decoration at weddings and parties, and offered during prayers in temples, are now being destroyed by farmers as the…

Flower Circus live streams share stories of floral businesses

How are the floral companies doing and what are they doing during this COVID-19 crisis. With these questions in mind, Flower Circus started to set up live streams in which different businesses in the industry are interviewed. "It's about showing the situation in all links in the chain, from breeder till…

Niagara Grown

CAN (ON): Supporting the local greenhouse floriculture industry

Niagara Grown is a non-profit website supporting local growers. Their job is to highlight what products are in season and where consumers can find them – direct from the farmer. Currently they are focusing on locally grown flowers. With the current global pandemic, many stores in Canada and the U.S. are…

5 years of Westland Horti Tours ambassadors for Dutch horticulture

Westland Horti Tours celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 1st. 5 years ago, Aad Verduijn started guiding mainly foreign visitors in greenhouses and companies in the…

Veiling Rhein-Maas auctions on Friday 3 April 2020

Last week, Veiling Rhein-Maas has announced to auction on three weekdays from 30 March 2020 onwards. However, due to the current market situation and multiple customer…

Lego Greenhouse set & working out in the greenhosue

Yesterday was a peculiar day in the horticultural world....

A remarkable collaboration was launched yesterday. The famous toy company launched a special Greenhouse Series, in collaboration with horticultural supplier Dramm. And there was more news that brightened up the day. A navigation system for bumblebees and gym stuff to be used in the greenhouse. LEGO…

Costa Rica farmers destroy flowers as coronavirus spoils exports

Costa Rican flower farmers have started destroying lilies, roses and chrysanthemums they have lovingly tended for months after the coronavirus outbreak led to the suspension of flights to markets in the United States and Canada. “This was our work. We have grown and cared for them since they were seeds,”…

Victor Omuga, Bella Flowers, Rwanda:

"We can't wait to pick up from where we left off"

Usually, 100,000 stems on average are being produced a day at Rwanda's only rose farm, Bella Flowers. Established in 2016, starting with 20 ha, they quickly grew to 40 ha by the end of 2019, exporting at least 85 percent of their production. In the coming years, plans are even in the pipeline to grow to…

Royal FloraHolland: "Supply down 70%, prices down 20%"

Last Monday, on the clocks, a slight improvement could be noticed. The total (clock + direct) turnover was 8.47 million euros, a decrease of 60.6 percent compared to last year…

Norwegian borders to open for entry by some EEA nationals

Norway is opening its borders for seasonal workers from EEA countries in the agricultural, horticultural and forestry sectors and the food industry. The Ministry of Justice and Public Security…

Johnsons of Whixley sends UK Government letter for support

Group Managing Director at one of the UK’s largest commercial nurseries and BALI Registered Affiliate member, Johnsons of Whixley has sent out a template letter calling for government support for ornamental horticulture in the coronavirus crisis. Pre-approval for consideration was received with…

Kenya: First meeting of taskforce to marshal funds for coronavirus response

President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the first meeting of the board that was created to marshal funds for combating the Coronavirus disease. The team led by East African Breweries Managing Director Jane Karuku was put together by the President to rally Kenyans together in raising resources that will support…

down-to-earth mood from suppliers starts to turn

"It helps us if the grower is helped as well as possible internationally"

In the beginning, horticultural suppliers replied in a quite down-to-earth manner to the corona problems, but now horticultural problems start to slow down, and continuing to work gets harder. The real hard months are yet to come, though, fears Annie van de Riet with AVAG and Eric Egberts with Dutch…

"Financial support necessary for ornamental horticulture producers during COVID-19 pandemic"

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) recognises that many governments have announced financial support packages for businesses in their country. However, some governments do not understand the specific threats facing ornamental horticultural producers. In response, AIPH has…

How is COVID-19 affecting Kenya?

Like other African countries, Kenya has seen far less cases of the novel Coronavirus, with only 50 people infected (30 March, 2020). Nevertheless, the country is not immune to the wider impacts of the global pandemic. With an economy that relies heavily on exports and tourism, Kenya is exposed to a significant economic impact…

Veiling Rhein-Maas increases capacity of Remote Buying by 25%

Veiling Rhein-Maas does everything to ensure that the customers of the auction can purchase as well as currently possible at the market place in Straelen-Herongen. Hence, you can still use all of their purchasing channels: Auction clock including Remote Buying and Clock pre sales, Clock Service and the…

"'Send 'em over', they yell"

Rearranging demand and supply during corona crisis biggest concern job agencies

Poland recently decided to shut its borders for foreigners. Polish people can still come to the country, but have to be quarantined for two weeks first. Reason for most of them to stay in the Netherlands.  Vice versa, new supply of Polish labour migrants to the Netherlands is a challenge now, due to logistical…

Pakistani florists scramble to preserve flowers as uncertainty looms over business

Flower growers in Sindh are in a lurch, as their contractors have broken agreements suddenly in the midst of the lockdown after the Covid-19 pandemic. Bangul Mari, a…

CAN (QC): Production activities in ornamental horticulture now considered essential service

Production activities in ornamental horticulture are now considered an essential service in Quebec. Québec Vert is very pleased with the results of several representations and…

No functions to deck up, Indian flower markets wear a sombre look

The coronavirus lockdown has hampered flower trade at wholesale and retail markets. The city’s wholesale flower market will continue to remain shut for trade until the next 15 days. The traders said there has been a sharp drop in demand for flowers due to absence of public functions, weddings and other…

Special Service Supply

This month, there will be a new special on FloralDaily in which Service Supply will be the central topic. Related articles will be published in the newsletter on a daily basis in our international publications (HortiDaily and FloralDaily) and Dutch newsletters (BPnieuws and Groentennieuws). Service supply is a broad topic, which…

Waiter in the greenhouse? "Unfortunately it's not that simple"

At the one company, or the one greenhouse, working hands are becoming available, while at the other company there's too few, and extra people are more than welcome. The…

Campaign leaves major footprints in transforming the welfare of women working in floriculture sector

More than four years ago, Hivos embarked on a major campaign to address and improve the working conditions of women working on the horticultural value chain: the Women@Work Campaign. At that time, women in this value chain were asking for help, facing a number of human rights violations. But in 2020,…

British garden centres struggling with COVID-19 crisis

Garden centres across England's North-East are calling for greater support following uncertainty around coronavirus, with one currently holding £80,000 worth of stock, much of which it expects to lose. Fiona Dean, from Ravensworth Nurseries, Richmond, believes this "potential total stock write off" is…

UK: AHDB 2020/2021 Horticulture levy rate agreed

Levy rates applied to growers by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) for next financial year - from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 - have been approved by…

Australia: Coronavirus sees flowers dumped as events and florists closed down

Australian flower growers have destroyed tens of thousands of flowers since the coronavirus shut down events and closed florists. Joe Oliveri from Oliveri Flowers on the NSW Central Coast said he dumped 50,000 gerberas last week because nobody would buy them. "Those flowers have just gone straight in the…

Indian farmers destroy millions of flowers for lack of demand

Brightly coloured roses, chrysanthemums, lilies, marigold and other flowers that might normally have been destined for marriage decoration and temples -- are now being…

Corona crisis: country updates

In this article you will find an update from the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), who are involved in the crisis measures surrounding the Coronavirus and informs Royal FloraHolland about the impact of the virus on the export market. GermanyDirect support measures worth EUR 50 billion for companies to cope…

Rescuing Kenya’s flower sector amid COVID-19

Devastating scenes of flower workers disposing tens of thousands of blooms on a daily basis, empty grading halls and packhouses have come to symbolize the extent of the damage the Coronavirus has visited on the Kenya floriculture sector as global supply chains haemorrhage under the crisis. by Nelson…

"UK horticultural sector could be wiped out by shut down in just weeks"

A major part of the UK’s gardening industry worth £1.4 billion, which includes hundreds of family businesses up and down the country, could be destroyed following the UK coronavirus shutdown, claims the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA). Peak season has only a matter of weeks left for the…

US: House passes third coronavirus relief bill

The House passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, the third piece of legislation to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.                                            The legislation follows H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, enacted on March 18, and H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act enacted on March 6. “The American people are depending on the government to provide every resource necessary for a strong federal, state, and local response to the coronavirus pandemic,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita…

Kenya free to tap $3 billion African coronavirus fund

Kenya is among member countries allowed to tap a Sh319 billion ($3 billion) emergency fund set up this week by the African Export Import Bank (Afreximbank) to help African…

EU: New guidelines to ensure free movement of seasonal workers

The European Commission published new practical advice to ensure that mobile workers within the EU that qualify as critical workers in the fight against the coronavirus…

Serbian professionals learn how greening can contribute to the overall wellbeing

The urban environment will be transformed in the 21st century. A recent conference in Belgrade focused on one of the important topics of city development today: Urban greening. Urban greening is gaining traction in Serbia. The construction sector is in full swing and modern apartment buildings, shopping malls and…

"The shape of our recovery depends entirely on COVID-19"

The U.S. economy is likely “already in a recession — the key is how long it will last,” said floral industry economist Charlie Hall, Ph.D., during a March 26 Society of…

Australia: Federal ministerial progress update & business contingency plan

Peter Vaughan, CEO Greenlife Industry Australia, provides regular updates on COVID-19 and the implications for your business, sending communiqués on Tuesdays and Fridays or as required if there is a critical up…

Economic impact of Covid-19 on South African flower industry massive

Two Dolphin Coast flower farmers, amongst the largest producers of cut flower in South Africa, are staring at disaster if disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic…

Germany: Opening of florist shops in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen permitted

As of 23 March 2020, florist shops in North Rhine-Westphalia and Hessen (DE) are allowed to (re)open under certain conditions until 19 respectively 20 April 2020. Furthermore, the operation of hardware stores and garden centers will continue to be permitted. Districts and independent towns may lay down…

UK logistics industry calls for delay to Brexit

At this particular point in time, the UK logistics industry has urged the government to delay its departure from the European Union because it cannot prepare for Brexit while battling to get food and medical supplies into the country during the coronavirus pandemic.  The FTA, which represents members from the road, rail,…

Polish bulb flower sector hit by the crisis

Polish bulb flower producers are important recipients of Dutch bulbs for cut flowers. As last winter was quite mild Polish producers have a relatively large amount of their own material for further use, which means that the order scale coming from Poland for Dutch bulbs will be limited in the coming…

US: COVID stimulus primer - understanding the relief packages

A $2 trillion COVID stimulus package is now law—and it includes targeted relief for small businesses, and specific mention of relief for “specialty crops” in agriculture. SAF…

Covid-19 lockdown and human dignity

Up to 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide at the heart of the COVID-19 crisis is a latest profound statistic from the ILO in these unprecedented times. In the last couple…

Fundraiser for SF Flower Market workers aims to cover payroll for shuttered flower vendors

A GoFundMe campaign is raising money to support employees and vendors of the San Francisco Flower Market (640 Brannan St.), which was forced to close on short notice early…

Kenya: Zero-rate farm inputs to save flower sector, state urged

The Kenya Flower Council has urged the government to zero-rate all farm inputs to cushion the floriculture sector from the effects of the coronavirus. Council CEO Clement Tulezi said the sector is on its knees, with flower farms disposing of their harvest. The exports have dropped to 10 per cent. Tulezi…

US: Flower farming in the time of COVID-19

Flower growers in the United States are facing challenging times, but they keep soldiering on despite the crisis. Let's take a look at how some growers are dealing with the situation. Kitayama Brothers: Continuing to growAt Kitayama Brothers, the mantra is “our tradition is growing”; it highlights the…

Spain: Almeria growers buckle under virus pressure

No less than 150,000 people have to go to work every day in the Spanish greenhouse vegetable region of Almeria - but since March 14th, cars can be only occupied by two people and vans and buses can only be half-filled. All to contain the COVID-19 virus, of which Spain is enduring a severe outbreak. For…

Corona crisis: country updates

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

Survey on impact COVID-19 on floriculture industry

The outbreak of the coronavirus has significant health, social and economic consequences for everyone. The global horticultural industry is no difference. To gauge what it is…

Ontario enabling financial relief for businesses

The Ontario Government is enabling $1.9 billion in relief for employers to reduce the financial strain on business brought on by COVID-19. The measure, which will run through…

New Zealand: Level 4 lockdown for plant producers and garden retailers

NZ Plant Producers Incorporated supports the national Covid-19 Level 4 lockdown, and is working with plant producers and related business to help them support the lockdown…

US floral industry expected to benefit from third COVID relief package

As the economic impact of COVID-19 entered a second week, Congress went to work on formalizing a third supplemental relief package — one that has targeted relief for small businesses, and specific mention of relief for “specialty crops” in agriculture. “While we’re still waiting for the package to be…

Second relief package announced in Australia

Over the weekend several additional economic measures were announced following the impact of COVID-19. Further, Greenlife Industry Australia continues to liaise with various…

Uganda: Flower exports drop by 90%, prices dip by half

The Uganda Flowers Export Association has warned that the flower sector may not normalise until 2021, if measures are not taken to mitigate the losses as a result of coronavirus. Ms Esther Nekambi, the executive director of UFEA (Uganda Flowers Export Association), while speaking to the Daily Monitor,…

A video of Flowers of Colombia

Colombian flowers share their story

"Dear world, can you see us?" With this sentence, the recently launched video of Flowers of Colombia starts. In less then one minute, they tell the story out of the perspective of the flowers grown in Colombia and nurtured by 140,000 Colombian workers. "Allow us to bring smiles and harmony to the world."…

Challenging times for U.S. industry, but "this too shall pass"

As everywhere, the COVID-19 crisis has also hit the flowers and greens industry in the United States hard. Growers, propagators and traders are feeling the impact of decimated demand, event cancellations and shop closures, but amidst all this, there are also feelings of hope, in the knowledge that we're…

Dealing with disaster may be the last thing on your mind, but are you prepared?

The COVID-19 posts asking if your business could survive if you, as owner/operator/key manager, got sick, reminded me that we never ‘plan to fail, but to often fail to plan’!…

Industry unites to promote flowers and plants

"We're in this together"

"Together we are stronger." It seems to be the motto of the floral industry these days because they are all in this together. All over the world, flower business are affected and initiatives - on a…

6 questions for Martin de Ruiter about 100% Digital

You are probably already aware of the ambition to conduct direct trade business in a 100% Digital way. This change that has raised questions and perhaps some concerns with growers and buyers alike. You may be contacted about 100% Digital by parties other than Royal FloraHolland. What is the true…

John Stanley’s Gathering has gone online - "From Survive to Thrive"

Since the first “The Gathering” in Paris in January 2017 retailers from around the world have come together, under John Stanley’s guidance to brainstorm ideas for future development of their businesses. Today retailing and agri-tourism has changed around the world. Now it is a case of having to "Survive…

More financial relief for Canadians

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday that the House of Commons has passed an emergency bill, which is now before the Senate, for the government’s COVID-19…

COVID-19 updates from around the world

The global market is still heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting government measures. In this article, we provide an overview of what's currently going on. BelgiumIn the Agriculture Council on Wednesday 25 March, Belgium will support the Netherlands in the distress call about the…

British Columbian flower grower Leo Quik, Quik's Farm

"Currently, our rescue is that we are supplying the supermarket chains"

"Hopefully, British Columbia will consider floriculture in the province as an "essential" business, then when the province decides for a lockdown, like Ontario went into on Tuesday March 23, we can still continue business", says Canadian flower grower Leo Quik of Quik's Farm, based in Chilliwack (BC).…

U.S. consular operations suspend routine visa services in Mexico

In response to the global pandemic COVID-19, and in line with the Mexican government’s call to increase social distancing, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and all U.S.…

Australia: Final chance to have your say on the Nursery Industry Communications Program

The Australian nursery industry communications survey is set to close on Monday, 30 March 2020. To influence the future direction of the program, levy payers are asked to…

Kenya’s inflation to remain steady despite coronavirus pandemic

Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge said the COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to affect the country’s inflation with the import and export sector likely to be worst affected. In February, the country’s year-on-year inflation had risen to 6.37 percent compared to 5.78 percent registered January…

The impact of COVID-19 on the seed sector in the Netherlands

European Seed have published an interview with Niels Louwaars, Managing Director at the Dutch Seed Association Plantum NL. European Seed (ES): Niels, how are you and your team…

Royal FloraHolland:

Continuation of National Auctioning and 100% Digital programmes

Royal FloraHolland has decided to continue the strategic projects 'National Auction' and '100% Digital' for this year. National AuctioningNational auctioning is one of the key topics of Royal FloraHolland's strategy. They continue to work as much as possible. The aim is to roll out National Auctioning in…

A multi-level analysis of the historical development of local firms

Kenyan-owned firms in the floriculture global value chain

A new research paper focuses on the floriculture industry in Kenya as a successful export-oriented agro-industry to analyze the interplay of multilevel factors that condition whether, when, and how local firms can enter and remain competitive (or not) in the floriculture global value chain. A historical…

UK: HTA launches campaign to create a ‘million planting moments’ this Autumn

The HTA is encouraging the UK to get planting this Autumn with its ‘million planting moments’ campaign. Taking place between 19-27 September 2020 the aim of the week is to encourage everyone young and old, expert and novice to take the opportunity to plant at the traditional ‘natural’ planting time of…

Royal FloraHolland COVID-19 situation update

Royal FloraHolland released an extra news item in connection with the many questions regarding the tightened supply regulation: a short update on today's pricing, developments in Floriday and answers to the 5 most frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the tightened supply regulation. Refer also to this…

Several initiatives being undertaken

Keeping flowers in the hearts of consumers

As the list of cancelled events continues to grow, so does the list of initiatives being undertaken to promote the floriculture industry. All over the world, growers, breeders, traders, florists and many more in the chain are doing their utmost best to support the industry and encourage people to buy…

Spanish growers in trouble due to state of alarm

The Spanish primary sector continues working every day to keep supermarkets supplied. Nevertheless, the state of alarm’s constrains are causing major difficulties in their daily lives and leading to significant economic loses.Day laborers are not arriving from MoroccoIn Huelva, where the strawberry…

Kenya: Ensure exports reach the market, MPs tell State

Two MPs have asked the Kenyan government to find ways of having tea, flowers, coffee and other exports reach the international market as the world fights to contain the…

Director Peter Bakker about current business operations

Plantion: focus on Dutch florist proves to be a great blessing

Growers who mainly supply to Plantion and (therefore) mainly serve the Dutch florist can, relatively speaking, count themselves lucky. “At the beginning of last week, we also noticed an imbalance between supply and demand and some products failed to find a buyer. That did not happen a lot, but still it…

market recovers rapidly after COVID-19 shutdown

"We've seen the other side of this"

“We’ve seen the other side of this”, says Israel Holby with Plantlogic, when asked about his thoughts on the effects of COVID-19 on the fresh produce market. The company makes containers for soft fruit production in substrate. The manufacturing of these materials is done in-house in China, and after the…

Augusto Solano, Asocolflores:

"Colombian flower growers and exporters continue working and are available to satisfy demand"

Augusto Solano, President of the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores), referred to the sector’s situation in the midst of the state of emergency decreed in Colombia due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the national quarantine, which will continue initially until April 13. The Head of…

Christine Boldt, Association of Floral Importers of Florida (AFIF):

US: Supermarkets back in the market for flowers

A couple of weeks ago, a few US supermarkets stopped ordering flowers due to them needing to use their labor and resources to restock items that the US consumers needed in response to the COVID-19 concern, but fortunately, they started to buy again, Christine Boldt, executive vice president of the…

What should growers do? COVID-19 considerations

How do I maintain social distancing in my food production facility where employees typically work within close distances? It is one of the questions growers have to deal with…

Ramifications of COVID-19 for workers at the beginning of the supply chain

On March 20, the Kenya Flower Council announced: 30,000 people working in Kenyan flower farms have been sent home. The demand for flowers has decreased, so buyers are canceling their orders and air freight has been reduced. The flowers still being sold are going for dumping prices. In a press release…

New Zealand: Key nursery operations recognised as essential services

Commercial plant nurseries in New Zealand are now recognised as essential businesses for the purposes of maintenance and protecting existing stock. The Government announced on 25 March that that plant nurse…

US (OH): COVID-19 essential businesses guidelines

The State of Ohio Stay at Home Order that took effect Monday at 11:59 pm provides guidelines for what “essential businesses” may remain open. The guidelines are based on the…

BFA answers florists' questions on COVID-19 measures

The British Florist Association has posted an updated Q&A for florists, which they compiled on March 24 after speaking to other associations, wholesalers, and our florist…

A happy little miracle in dark times: The plant nursery business is booming

After an economic week so bleak, with thousands out of work and businesses teetering on the edge, a happy little miracle has happened in the world of plants. People are clamoring to plant vegetable gardens, and Southern California nurseries — deemed an essential service by state and local officials —…

Great challenges ahead for Colombia’s flower growing sector

The president of the Colombian Association of Flower Exporters, Asocolflores, Augusto Solano, announced that as a result of the pandemic that the world is currently facing, the country's flower exporters have had to deal with the cancellation of more than 50% of the sales scheduled for the remainder of…

Upcoming book highlights orchids in the Netherlands

Most books on Orchids give an overview of which species are present in specific geographical range, but lack information on their ecology or further biological context. The book (in progress) "Orchideeën in Nederland" will present readers biological context of Orchid species that are present in the…

Survey reveals the true horror of coronavirus pandemic to the ornamental horticulture industry

Sales for ornamentals growers are expected to be down around 50% this year with some expecting a far greater fall in sales. 96% of countries responding predict their industry…

DVFlora temporarily closes down

DVFlora has decided to temporarily shut down due to the measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the US. Jack Chidester, President and CEO of DVFG, announced this in a statement that was shared…

Kenya approves roll out of Google Loon 4G to mitigate coronavirus work disruptions

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the approval of Google Loon Services in Kenya to enable universal 4G data coverage in the country. He said the approval was in line with Government’s measures to respond to the disruptions caused by the global Coronavirus pandemic that has seen many people work from…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Auction will be held until further notice

In the fight against the spread of the Coronavirus, the Federal and State Governments have agreed on uniform rules for all of Germany. From Monday, 23 March 2020, a comprehensive contact ban has come into force, which prohibits meetings and gatherings in public of more than two people. Exceptions to this…

Dutch growers' stories hot topic in the Netherlands

The floriculture industry is the third export sector in the Netherlands and the situation during the COVID-19 crisis is therefore a hot topic in the Dutch media. Last weekend,…

Royal FloraHolland maintains emergency fund for the floriculture sector

Royal FloraHolland is positive about the package of support measures announced by the cabinet last Tuesday. This package is not sufficient to help growers and trading…

Veiling Rhein-Maas taking short term measures to secure business and marketing activities

There is a high probability of further curfews being imposed locally (e.g. as toady in Leverkusen), state or even nationwide with reference to the Infection Protection Act within the coming days in Germany. All employees of Veiling Rhein-Maas whose presence on site in Straelen-Herongen is absolutely…

FEPEX:

Spain: "Financial rescue needed to prevent the imminent bankruptcy of companies in the flower and plant sector"

The live flower and ornamental plant sector is the agricultural sector that has been most affected by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 virus, as it has suffered a total drop…

Concerns of the Polish horti sector caused by Coronavirus

Many events organized in Poland are canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus. The greatest concern is visible in the flower sector, but fruit and vegetable producers are…

"Our green industry is essential"

In Georgia, there has been much talk of closing non-essential businesses. The GGIA have been hard at work to have the green industry included in the essential designation.…

Australia: 'Non-essential' industry - COVID-19 update

Following the National Cabinet implementing a shutdown of non-essential activity across Australia, the NGIV have been fielding a number of enquiries from members seeking…

Australia: Update on COVID-19 impact on industry

Greenlife Industry Australia is working with other industry associations, retailers and government to mitigate the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the industry.   Specifically, Peter…

US (NY): Flowers blooming, customers drying up in flower district

The flowers are blooming, but customers are drying up in the flower district of New York City. The cancellation of large events has brought businesses to a standstill. “There are parties, the bar mitzvahs, there are weddings, there are events for everything, corporate stuff,” said Gary Page, Owner of G…

American flower industry suffering staggering losses

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has American consumers focused on purchasing necessities like toilet paper, hand soap and food. What they’re not purchasing is flowers on their way to check out, and that’s a problem.  In a conference call on Friday, March 20, over 50 California flower farmers discussed…

Kenya Flower Council asks national government for support:

Mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on Kenya’s Floriculture Industry

The world is experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting world economies in unprecedented ways. It may be too early to determine the actual long-term impact on supply chains…

Florismart launched consumer campaign to support florists

UK Mother's Day: "Some of our florists were even up in sales"

Last Sunday, March 22, Mother's Day was celebrated in the UK. For florists, the run-up to this holiday was more nerve-racking than usual, due to the COVID-19 frenzy. "Many florists had already pre-ordered and as many consumers nowadays go to the supermarkets - also as restaurants and so on are closed and…

Stefano Perra of Lievaart Planten Export:

NL: "Later when it’s over, maybe we can catch up"

The warehouse? Empty. The cafeteria? Empty. The carts? Empty. It is a bad day for Stefano Perra (38), manager of Lievaart Planten Export from Honselersdijk, the Netherlands. The company supplies 95 percent of its plants to Italy, especially to the north of the country. But because of the new coronavirus…

"Growing flowers in Russia is not profitable"

Flowers are a must-have for any celebration. However, there is almost no local produce in the Russian market, most of the flowers are imported ones, newsnn.ru reports. Flower business requires constant investments and is related to certain risks. The weather can spoil the whole crop, ready to be cut.…

Poor weather slashes Sh10bn in horticulture

Export of fresh produce from Kenya down 46 percent

Kenya's fresh produce exports to the European Union have dropped by 46 percent in the last two weeks, due to the global spread of the coronavirus. This has led to complete or…

California’s important nursery businesses continue operations

In this time of uncertainty, California’s nursery industry, which includes growers of nursery plants and garden supply centers, is assuring people they are part of the…

UK urges residents to buy Kenyan flowers to save sector

UK High Commissioner to Kenya Jane Marriott has called on Britons to buy Kenyan flowers to rescue the industry from collapse in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Noting that 70 per cent of rose flowers in the UK are from Kenya, the High Commissioner on Saturday said that 85 per cent of the flowers…

UK garden centres selling more online in COVID-19 crisis

Garden centres in the UK are using upgraded website software that recommends not only plants to gardeners but also care products as sales of gardening goods soar in the wake of COVID-19. Joy of Plants’ Plant Finder plug-in has been added to 46 garden centre websites since it launched in 2018 including…

CAN (ON): Flower greenhouse loses all Easter orders

Last June, like every year, European Planters began the long process of getting their hydrangeas ready for sales this spring. Up until a few weeks ago, everything was fairly normal for the Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) greenhouse. Then, the novel coronavirus hit. “Everything was ready to start getting…

Philippines: Benguet flower industry wilts under quarantine

Magdalena Coyam-an, a flower grower and trader, shredded at least 80 bundles of alstroemeria (also called Peruvian Lily) inside her stall as these had started to wilt. Some 100 more bundles of assorted cut flowers were scattered on the floor waiting to be destroyed as deliveries to Metro Manila were…

Sustainability challenges and innovations for the German market

A new study investigated the sustainability challenges and the adoption of sustainability innovations along the value chain of flowering potted plants supplying the German…

Kenya: Cabinet to discuss lockdown as job losses loom

President Uhuru Kenyatta will chair a Cabinet meeting that will discuss a raft of stringent restrictions that his government will put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Cabinet meets on the day the Ministry of Health is expected to announce a further increase of cases from the seven that CS…

How China slowly recovers from COVID-19

Spring is blooming and the economy in China is starting again after Covid-19. Due to the impact of the virus, all walks of life have ushered in unprecedented challenges. "During the two-month stagnation in China, many companies in the industry and our own business have suffered a lot, but everyone has a…

buy flowers, not toilet paper

#FlowerBoostChallenge unites horticultural industry and helps growers

Going viral might not sound like something positive these days, but with the recently launched #FlowerBoostChallenge that is exactly the goal. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the prices for cut flowers and potted plants have decreased dramatically. This week many flowers and plants had to be destroyed. To…


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