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US (CA): Sonoma County increases ornamental sales by 74.2%

Sonoma County (California) has presented its 2018 Crop Report. The reported total value for 2018 was $1,106,662,100, which represents a 24% increase from the 2017 value of $894,182,900 and is the first time in history that the gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Sonoma County has exceeded…

September 11-13, Beijing

Costa Farms’ Far East Division VP to speak at World Ornamental Horticulture Summit

Over the past 11 years, Fabian Saenz has made it his mission to expand one grower’s global business into China. Saenz, vice president of Costa Farms’ Far East Division in Guangzhou China, will share his journey and the company's challenges along the way at the World Ornamental Horticulture Summit taking…

Kenya to venture into China, Britain pyrethrum markets

The Kenyan government has promised to work with counties to increase the land under pyrethrum production from the current 6,000 hectares to 8,000 hectares in the next year as it seeks new markets abroad. The national pyrethrum production dropped from 18,000 metric tons in the early 1990s to the current…

India: Growers briefed on floriculture

A one-day awareness programme on floriculture was held at the National Thermal Power Corporation. NTPC-Ramagundam under its corporate social responsibility (community development) organised the awareness programme at the vocational centre wherein around 45 farmers from nearby villages participated.…

Delegation from Taiwan to promote orchids in Russia

A Council of Agriculture-led delegation is to travel to Moscow on Wednesday next week to take part in a two-day promotion of Taiwanese agricultural products. Orchid growers are hoping to develop a direct export market in Russia for moth orchids. At present, Taiwanese moth orchids are sent to the…

Azerbaijan to buy new types of plants from the Netherlands

Azerbaijan’s AzAgro company, engaged in the cultivation of flowers, intends to purchase new types of plants, Marketing Manager of the company Murad Mirzayev told Trend. "The matter rests in the purchase of new types of roses," he added. "We intend to buy seeds mainly from the Netherlands and Germany,"…

Colombia: The 'mystery' of the decreasing hydrangea exports

The decrease in Colombian hydrangea cut flower exports, what could be the reason? Last week, we published an article with the export figures from January till May 2019 (- 4.7% in value and -3.5 % in volume compared to last year) and some possible reasons mentioned by Catalina Arango of Flores del Este.…

ILO and Australia sign agreement to advance decent work in the floriculture sector in Jordan

The Government of Australia and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed a project agreement that aims to support vulnerable Jordanians and Syrian refugees working in Jordan’s floriculture sector through interventions that improve their working conditions, enhance their skills and boost…

Shaping the future of high value horticulture in Ethiopia

With an ever-increasing demand for cutting edge innovative technologies in horticultural crops production in Ethiopia, Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA) and Ethiopian Biotechnology Institute (EBTI) are jointly moving ahead to establish a win-win partnership. With a projection…

Kenyan flower exports face Aussie headwinds

Australia will not postpone requirements for Kenya to have met guidelines on its horticultural exports as Nairobi stares at a possible loss of the multi-billion market. Kenya had been given a deadline of September this year to comply with the zero pest tolerance directive on all the flowers that are…

Jose Azout, Alexandra farms: "October is our biggest month now"

Wedding season moves from summer to fall

The wedding season is on! Or not? According to Colombian garden cut rose grower Jose Azout of Alexandra Farms, more and more weddings are being moved to fall and also this year, it has been a bit slow so far. "No longer the 20% increase we had seen in the past", he says. October the biggest month now The…

AIPH report

Chinese, North American and older consumers buy half of all ornamental produce

What will the global ornamental market look like in 2030? In two papers - the first was published in January, the second was added this week - the AIPH aims to identify opportunities and obstacles in specific markets and market segments. This results in a macroeconomic overview, which makes the future…

Juan Gomez of Candelaria Flowers reacts to mystery of decreasing export figures

Colombia: “Cut hydrangea acreage has hit peak growth”

Earlier this week, we published an article on the mystery of the decreasing export figures of the Colombian cut hydrangea crop. According to the statistics from January till May 2019, published by Asocolflores, the numbers so far, compared with the same period last year, are down (- 4.7% in value and…

Australia: Strategic research initiative a launch pad for greener, healthier cities

The Australian nursery industry is behind a suite of pioneering research projects that will provide a greater understanding of the human health benefits of urban greening. Known as the Hort Frontiers Green Cities Fund , the initiative invests in long-term research that helps to drive a measurable…

India: Bleak monsoon hurts floriculture in West Bengal

While many states in India are battling floods, West Bengal is facing a problem absolutely obverse: Insufficient rainfall has affected agriculture, especially flower production. Everybody in the chain — be it growers, sellers or exporters — are facing losses as, according to the India Meteorological…

Royal FloraHolland: Significantly more turnover in July

Royal FloraHolland recently realized more turnover than in the same month last year. Cut flowers: 7.9% more turnover. Most striking is the huge increase in turnover in peonies (more than 40%), while the supply (number of units) increased by more than 80 percent. The main reason for this could probably be…

US: SNA’s Sidney B. Meadows Fund awards $18,000 in scholarships

The Sidney B. Meadows Scholarship Fund, created in 1989 by the Southern Nursery Association (SNA), has announced the names of twelve students from nine southeastern…

Reinoud Nuijten New Agricultural Counsellor in Ukraine

Before his posting in Kyiv, Mr. Nuijten worked as International trade and development specialist with extensive experience in value chain development and export promotion projects. Particular experience in public-private cooperation and institutional capacity development. Over 10 years of experience in…

Catalina Arango, Flores del Este

Why are Colombian cut hydrangea exports decreasing?

Why are the Colombian cut hydrangea export figures decreasing? It is a question that Colombian hydrangea grower Catalina Arango of Flores del Este asks herself after receiving the statistics that were published by the Association of Colombian Flower Exporters, Asocolflores, recently. The cut hydrangea is…

Sri Lanka: Cut Flower Exports increased by 5.77 percent

Development Strategies and International Trade Deputy Minister Nalin Bandara, moving three Orders under the Sri Lanka Export Development Act, informed the House that…

Philippines: Benguet chrysanthemum growers to gain from best practices

The cut flower industry is among the fastest-growing sectors of the Benguet economy. This can be seen by its exponential expansion within the last five years. Among the most cultivated flowers is chrysanthemum, with an average annual production of 1.59 million dozens. With the booming farm tourism in…

Colombia airmen plunge to death wrapped in flag during stunt at Medellin Flower Fair

Two members of Colombia's air force plunged to their deaths wrapped in their nation's flag when a cable hanging from a helicopter snapped while they were performing a mid-air stunt Sunday. The accident happened during a parade to mark the traditional Medellin Flower Fair. The city's airport was…

45% of Turkish trees, other outdoor plants exported to EU countries

The Turkish ornamental plant industry has managed to export 71.2 million USD worth of products and reported a trade surplus of 10 million USD. In the first 4 months of 2019, the import volume in the ornamental plant industry also went down by 45%. Speaking to the press, Turkish Ornamental Plants…

Australia: Global collaboration key to addressing local challenges in nursery industry

Australian nurseries could reduce their environmental footprint by adopting existing research from its European counterparts, which face stricter regulations on natural resources and land use, according to a recent review on global R&D. It’s a view echoed by Anthony Tesselaar, who runs one of…

US: This year's most in demand Proven Winners Perennials

Predicting what plants will be popular can often feel like trying to bowl a strike using a crystal ball. Fortunately, in the data age insights can come from more than just sales. This list summarizes the most popular perennials on Provenwinners.com by page view. Basically, what plants are consumers most…

New AIPH report forecasts production, markets for ornamentals to 2030

The latest initiative of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) - the International Vision Project (IVP) is the very first of its kind in ornamental horticulture to set out a forecast for the future of the global industry until 2030. The second in the International Vision Project…

Georgia looks for Bulgaria's experience in the production of essential oil crops

Georgia wants Bulgaria's experience in the production of essential oil crops. This was announced at a meeting between the Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry Desislava Taneva and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Georgia to Bulgaria H.E. Tamara Liluashvili. Georgia…

UK: 30% of survey respondents needed seasonal labour

The Seasonal Labour in Horticulture Survey in England collected data regarding the first quarter of 2019. The results presented in this publication are classified as experimental statistics. Experimental Statistics are those that are within their development phase and are published in order to involve…

Alstroemeria in the September Flower Agenda

Alstroemeria kicks off the indoor season in all the colours that this cut flower offers, with white being the utterly on-trend colour. What's unique about alstroemeria is that it saves its beauty for the right moment. In the shop the flowers hide in their buds; it’s only after the customer gets them home…

In August in the spotlight: Carnivorous plants, carefree summer plants and Hydrangea

Put the flowers and plants of the month of August in the spotlight and inspire your customers. Make use of the photos from the new marketing portal, the image bank, texts, graphics and posters that are provided to you by the Flower Council of Holland for free. Houseplant of the month The `Houseplants of…

UK: HTA comments on the election of Boris Johnson

Commenting on the election of Boris Johnson MP, as the new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, James Clark, Director of Policy and Communications at the…

Detroit retailer raises $7.5M to sell plants of all sizes

Direct-to-consumer plant retailer Bloomscape has raised $7.5 million in Series A funding, with several high-profile D2C startup founders signing on as investors. Founder and CEO Justin Mast told me that his family has five generations of experience as greenhouse owners and operators, and that he first…

Ugandan flowers finally enter Chinese market

Uganda has now joined her counterparts, Kenya and Ethiopia in supplying flowers to the lucrative and huge China market. The entry followed numerous trial shipments by Rosebud Ltd, the country's largest exporter of roses, which culminated from its participation in the just concluded China-Africa Economic…

US: SAF, AFE partner up to advance floral industry research priorities

A groundbreaking research fund that has supported scientific innovation in the floral industry for nearly three decades is getting a boost in its effort to provide high quality, cutting-edge research today and into the future, thanks to a strategic new agreement between two longtime industry groups.…

Colombia: Plants are the new boom for special days and celebrations

Over the last three years, the Colombian nursery growers have witnessed a boom in the sale of orchids, bonsai and even succulents to give on special dates. By Laurasofía…

Tim Scalongne, Hasfarm:

"Flower sales increase fivefold for Chinese Valentine's Day"

Today is Chinese Valentine's Day; a day based on a historical popular myth and just several years ago commercially exploited by e-commerce companies. Currently, it is an important holiday for flower sales and even increases flower sales fivefold - and roses will be probably even higher, explains Tim…

Vietnam, Netherlands to bring horticulture to next level through partnership

On Tuesday 23 July in Hanoi, a kick-off roundtable meeting took place for potential Vietnamese companies, institutes and governmental organisations active in the horticultural sector by The Netherlands Vietnam Horti Business Platform and its partner the Crop Production Department of the Ministry of…

October 23, 2019:

US: Wholesalers prepare to Petal It Forward

Wholesalers say the key to a successful Petal It Forward lies in solid preparation. No one knows that better than the Bill Doran Company, a wholesaler with 20 locations nationwide, who has participated in Petal It Forward since 2016. Michelle Friebel, sales and marketing manager, said her management team…

Kenya regrets stalled EAC-EU trade deal

Last week, the EU rebuffed a Kenyan plan for a variable geometry in the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the East African Community. Nairobi has the biggest stake in the EPA because it is a middle-income country and, without the protection of the deal, it would have to start paying duty…

Marigold: the typical flower to celebrate the Day of The Dead

The “Day of The Dead” is an annual holiday celebrated in Latin American countries and is especially popular in Mexico. It usually starts on October 31st and ends on November 2nd. Marigold is the typical flower to celebrate this holiday, which means busy times for Marigold breeder AmeriSeed. And every…

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko:

Kenya: "Revive flower sector to curb job loss"

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has called for a meeting between the government and flower farmers to address rising job losses. The governor said hundreds of flower farm workers in Naivasha had been sent home in the last couple of years due to various challenges facing the sector. Sonko revisited the…

Consumer app provides wealth of information for breeders, growers and retailers

How nice would it be to have an insight in the end consumers' thoughts? The guys from the GrowIt! app are on their way to achieve it. They currently have a member group of 850,000 people and with the launch of their Question and Answer feature in the app two years ago, they are now at a point where they…

HTA Market Update

UK: Garden centre sales still 10% up for year despite weak June

A wetter more overcast June meant garden centre sales were 2% down on last year for the month of June, however non-garden categories performed well; and a strong start to 2019…

South African flowers bounce back after challenging 2018

After Mother Nature made 2018 a challenging year for many South African growers, Afrex Trading - one of the leading exporters of Cape Flora and other South African flowers – are very pleased with the supply, demand and sales of this year so far. "It surpassed our expectations", according to Lee Sarah…

UK: Cross-sector coalition sets out blueprint to reform immigration system

A coalition of prominent business and education bodies has written to both Prime Ministerial candidates calling for the Government to commit to clear action on reforming the…

Australia: New flower, foliage technology helps support regional jobs

A Sunshine Coast flower and foliage company is making the most of new propagation technology while supporting regional jobs through grant funding from the Palaszczuk Government. Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said Cedar Hill Flowers and Foliage was one of 15…

Syngenta launches free mobile app for greenhouse and nursery growers

The new Syngenta Ornamentals App gives greenhouse and nursery growers a convenient way to quickly access essential product and application information. Free for Apple and Android devices, the app was developed to put a variety of helpful resources at the fingertips of ornamental growers. The Syngenta…

A look back on Peak Days 2019

The recent period was an especially busy time. Royal FloraHolland made several improvements aimed at making this period run as smoothly as possible. Royal FloraHolland implemented various improvements in the run-up to the 2019 Peak Days. 15,500 extra auction trolleys were purchased and 25,000 extra CC containers were rented. On…

Claes Bastrup, Gartneriet PKM:

"Prices for common Campanula under pressure"

Although there was no peak in sales of bedding plants this year, Gartneriet PKM is still satisfied with the Campanula season. “We sold the same amount of plants as we did last year and the quality was very good”, says sales manager Claes Bastrup. No peak “Normally the sales peak is in week 17/18, but…

British Growers

Seasonal worker challenge: Finding solutions

British Growers’ C hief Executive Jack Ward has been in meetings with officials from the Home Office looking for practical solutions to the challenge of securing adequate…

Japan: Fukushima orchids ready for shipment ahead of election celebrations

Farmers in Fukushima are preparing for shipments of moth orchid flowers for use in election victory celebrations and other occasions ahead of the House of Councillors election on July 21. Local farmers began growing moth orchids in January last year after establishing an agricultural corporation called…

Russia softens sanctions to allow flowers through by train

Dutch flower exporters could see their transport costs to Asia cut by 80%, following a change in Russian regulations. The ministry of transport announced that since July 1,…

India is home to 1,256 species of orchid

The Botanical Survey of India has come up with the first comprehensive census of orchids of India putting the total number of orchid species or taxa to 1,256. Orchids of India: A Pictorial Guide, a publication detailing all the species of India was unveiled earlier this month by the Ministry of…

US (ME): Local cut flower industry is growing

About 80 percent of cut flowers in the United States are imported, but the local cut flower industry in North America is growing. The number of members of the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers, which are primarily based in the United States, more than tripled between 2014 and 2018. According to…

Sales Colours of Nature more efficient via Floriday, fulfilment and HortiHeat

"We can serve our customers within 90 minutes"

The Colours of Nature growers' association uses Royal FloraHolland's stock and order picking services to sell its products. It does so via Floriday in combination with the HortiHeat app. Edwin Erwich, responsible for sales at Colours of Nature: "This is the perfect combination for selling our products.…

Australia: Industry events & new Plant Life Balance looks

Levy-funded projects are working to promote the establishment and maintenance of greenlife in Australian homes, businesses, and wider communities. To support this, Plant Life Balance has released two new looks and have hosted their third consumer-facing event – bringing together speakers from various…

India: Odisha Government to plan for floriculture bloom in state

In a bid to promote commercial cultivation of traditional flowers to meet the increasing demand in the domestic market, the state government has decided to implement the floriculture programme in mission mode. As floriculture is blossoming into a viable business and cultivation of flowers showing…

Japanese investors decry Kenya's unclear trade laws

Lack of clear communication on policy, regulation and legislation changes are frustrating Japanese investors in Nairobi, Japan External Trade Organisation has said. Speaking to foreign journalists at the headquarters in Tokyo on Tuesday, deputy director, Middle East and Africa division Sawaka Takazaki…

Royal FloraHolland to implement Warehouse new Management System

Dutch auction Royal FloraHolland is implementing a new Warehouse Management System (WMS), which offers customers digital insight into the position the 'package' within the logistics process as well as the required service provision. The WMS roll-out will be implemented in phases. Mid-July 2019, a start…

US: LandscapeHub launches Fulfillment Partner Program

LandscapeHub has launched the Fulfillment Partner Program (FPP), a new initiative that will give buyers a better experience and more fulfillment options when purchasing on the platform. The program surfaces the distributors’ upstream supply chain, making it visible to buyers, and thereby eliminating the…

CAN (NS): Wet start to the growing season challenging for independent greenhouses

The wet and cold spring and start of the summer season in Nova Scotia has had an impact on smaller plant businesses. "But the rain and the continuous dark weather has been a huge challenge for us," says Cathy Oulton, president of Greenhouse Nova Scotia and owner of Bloom Greenhouse in Hammonds Plains.…

Italian business tour finds inspiration in China

Myplant & Garden, in cooperation with the Italian Chamber of Commerce in China, has organised a business-meeting tour for exhibiting companies interested in the project with builders, designers and importers in Beijing, offering its exhibitors the possibility to expand their business in China. It…

Vegepolys Valley

France: Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita form Global Plant Cluster

On Thursday, 27 June, the competitive clusters, Vegepolys and Céréales Vallée-Nutravita, finalised their merger process. This rapprochement, which began in October 2018, was…

Kenya: Lanet Airport to open opportunities for flower farmers

Tenders for construction of the proposed and long-awaited Lanet Airport will be issued next month, the Nakuru County Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has confirmed. “Flower farmers in Naivasha will have a chance to exploit the huge market available by increasing their exports to Europe and the United States.…

Hasfarm and FleuraMetz start Joint Venture in China

Hasfarm and FleuraMetz start a joint venture in China. By combining products from Hasfarm’s Asian farms with products from FleuraMetz’s suppliers in Europe, South America and…

FloraHolland: Sharp decline in sales of roses and chrysanthemums

Dutch exports are still heading for record values , however the sale of cut flowers at the Royal FloraHolland auction last month suffered a serious blow. In particular…

UK: Growers upbeat despite challenges ahead

There was a positive mood amongst growers attending the latest meeting of the HTA Ornamentals Committee held at the end of June following a buoyant season. All fifteen businesses that attended reported being ahead of budget with strong demand for UK grown stock – across amenity and retail sectors. Geoff…

Dutch floriculture industry signs International Responsible Business Conduct Agreement

A blueprint for a joint approach to tackle the issues at stake in the international ornamental industry. That's how Secretary-General Véronique Timmerhuis of the Social and Economic Council (SER) described the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement, which was signed yesterday in the…

Netherlands: Ministers and floriculture sector sign IRBC Agreement

This evening, Dutch ministers Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) and Carola Schouten (Agriculture) as well as a number of Dutch companies will sign the International Responsible Business Conduct (IRBC) Agreement for the floricultural sector. With the agreement, parties, from grower…

Mild May makes way for increase in houseplant and garden centre sales

Houseplants and catering sales were up at garden centres across the United Kingdom during May (2019) according to the Garden Centre Association's (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report, similar sentiments were echoed in the HTA Market Update. Sales in houseplants were up 17.41% and catering was up 10.6%…

"Negative trend in air cargo continues"

The negative trend on the air cargo front continued in the month of May, according to an analysis from WorldACD. In the month of May, total chargeable weight again decreased YoY, this time by 5%, whilst yields (in USD) fell by 5.6%, resulting in revenue loss for the airlines of more than 10% YoY. Not a…

UK: Flowers down in value, pot plants up

According to newly released data from the UK Government, ornamental plants and flowers produced in the country were worth £1.3 billion in 2018, a fall of 1.8%. Hardy ornamental stock decreased in value by 2.5% to £910 million. The extreme cold at the start of the year and the summer drought slowed demand…

Dutch flowers and plants export 4% higher

The export figures up to and including May 2019 give a positive picture of sales. Both the pot plant and cut flower exports have, in terms of turnover, increased (by 4.5 and…

Ben Hogewoning, My Peony Society

Lower temperatures boost European peony harvest

"So far, it has been better compared to last year and the season is not over yet", says Ben Hogewoning of My Peony Society, a platform that distributes the peonies of a selection of growers, when asked about the current season. "It all depends on the weather and this year it was more beneficial for the…

Veiling Rhein-Maas

Germany: Virtual sale of Helianthus since 3 June 2019

Veiling Rhein-Maas has started the virtual sales of Helianthus via Clock 2 on 3 June 2019. The goal is to achieve a more even sales process and a faster distribution as well as delivery, so that purchased products are available to the customers of the auction in time. In close collaboration with the…

Poland: The peak for seasonal recruitment

The June heat wave has accelerated the peak of the season for holiday work. Entrepreneurs who have not secured staff for bars, restaurants, shops or hotels for the summer season in spring, are now having a problem. Therefore, they are urgently looking for people willing to work, which is more difficult…

Market trends and ethnobotany of orchids of Mount Cameroon

The Orchidaceae are noted for their floral diversity. In the Mount Cameroon Region (MCR), the genus Bulbophyllum is the most represented genus of the entire flora of this region. Despite the large number of different species in Orchidaceae, very little is known and documented about the orchids in…

Flower grader at Oserian farms:

Kenya: "Without this farm there would be a lot of poverty"

With European governments pushing to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change, the global movement of goods by air is coming in for scrutiny. The UK imports millions of tonnes of fresh produce every year and Kenya has long supplied our local supermarkets with fresh flowers. Four in 10 roses in the…

Turkey: Growers from Sakarya want to increase their ornamental and outdoor plant export

Sakarya, a city located in northwestern Turkey, is second in terms of the growing area of ornamental and outdoor plants. The plants from this city are not only decorating parks and green areas in Turkey but also other countries. The industry first emerged years ago in Sapanca and Arifiye districts with…

based on the Sustainability Map engine

General comparisons between Florverde Sustainable Flowers and Rainforest Alliance Certified

In the world of standards which aim to certify good environmental, social or quality production practices, we see hundreds of local and global initiatives with diverse levels of recognition in the different destination markets. And it is curious to note that this recognition is more often based on the…

Kenya: Flower sales to Australia at risk under new rules

Kenya is staring at a possible loss of the multi-billion-shilling Australian flower market after the country passed new stringent rules that could lock out exports to the country. The new set of rules to be effected on September 1 require all the horticultural produce exported to Australia to have zero…

Cold weather poses challenges to Kenyan farmers

Kenyan farmers have to contend with high cost of production as a biting cold weather hits several parts of the east African nation. The cold weather, which normally kicks off in July, started in late May, worsening an already bad situation for farmers after the March-May rains failed. The rains started…

Veiling Rhein-Maas: Handling of potted plants at the Import department

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…

VALUE4HERConnect launched in Nairobi

Africa’s first Online Platform for female agri entrepreneurs

VALUE4HERConnect, Africa’s first online platform for female agricultural entrepreneurs has been launched in Nairobi. The platform helps women entrepreneurs in agriculture to form a virtual community and share their knowledge with members. The network was launched at AWAN-Afrika’s first continental…

Dutch embassy report

Developments in the Korean flower market

Korea’s cut flower consumption is much lower than that of other OECD countries, which is mainly due to relatively lower Individual flower consumption. However, the total import volume of cut flower has increased tenfold in the past decade. Overall trend of the Korean flower market In South Korea, 80% of…

EU set to sign trade and investment agreements with Vietnam

The Council of Ministers approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements, paving the way for their signature and conclusion. EU Commissioner for Trade Cecilia…

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

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

Driving investment in East Africa

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

Veiling Rhein-Maas:

"Satisfying price level for exclusive Kenyan roses in Europe"

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

Clement Tulezi

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

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

David Perez of PRIME Flowers explains

China: Imports slow down as domestic floricultural industry develops

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

New company Two Chiefs Trading distributing African Papyrus and cut cattails

Kenya: From natural flora to ornamental product

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

Greenport West-Holland and Végépoly are intensifying their cooperation

French-Dutch horticulture cooperation

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

Fresh Produce Association of the Americas urges ratification of USMCA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

African roses enter central China province

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

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

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

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

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

British Peonies blooming at Waitrose & Partners

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

US: The Challenges of North American Specialty Cut Flowers

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

HR pro shares advice on how to 'Hire Smarter'

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

UK sees surge in British flowers sales

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

Worth £121m

UK flower-growing industry in full bloom

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

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

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

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

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

"NGIA members show overwhelming support for Greenlife Industry Australia"

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

Rabobank presents the Horticulture Barometer

Financial developments in Dutch horticulture less rosy

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

Almost 600 plants died out in past 250 years

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

British TV presenter urges gardeners to support specialist UK nurseries

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

India: Himachal farmers say it with flowers

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

CAN (BC): Festival celebrates the passion for peonies

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

Kenya: Growers trying their luck in bouquets

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

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

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

The Australian nursery industry at a glance

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

Hem Genetics and Ameriseed enter into an exclusive partnership

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

Kenya government apologizes to flower industry for delayed fertilizer clearance process

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

Deforche team rides against cancer

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

Flourishing horticulture in Ethiopia

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

Syngenta Flowers acquires Dutch cyclamen breeding company Varinova

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

A challenging year for the Kenyan rose industry

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

Netherlands: Greenhouse horticulture gets chair at university to secure position

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

Students in the Philippines must plant 10 trees to graduate

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

Euro area annual inflation down to 1.2%

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

China to build four horticulture knowledge and innovation centers

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

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

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


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