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Logistics rivals gain ground as Maersk retreats

A.P. Moller - Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping company, looks content to let rivals increase their market share while it holds back from adding capacity in the…

Australia: NGIA CEO reflects on important meetings

In the November edition of the NNN Newsletter, NGIA CEO Peter Vaughan reflects on a number of important meetings for the Australian horticulture industry. "I hope it has been a prosperous Spring as we close in on Summer. I also hope that the buoyant trading conditions continue through to the Festive…

'Ndrangheta hit in European sting

Dutch, Belgian, Italian and German police launched a large-scale operation against Italian mafia organization 'Ndrangheta this week. The mafiosi have also been active in the flower trade and at the Dutch flower auction, abusing the hub to smuggle drugs. The criminal organization reportedly 'felt safe' in the Netherlands.…

African Trade Statistics Yearbook 2017 now available

This fall, the African Union Commission (AUC), in collaboration with Eurostat, published for the first time a Time Series of Annual Trade Data for the period from 2010 to 2016…

India: Coir pith prices soar after cyclone Gaja

Post the devastation caused by cyclone Gaja that leveled more than 30lakh of coconut trees in the delta districts, the price of coconut and allied products such as coir pith…

Copa and Cogeca make statement on Brexit process

On November 25th, the endorsement by the European Council of the Withdrawal Agreement is a new step forward an orderly Brexit, further minimising the prospect of a 'no-deal’…

CAN (ON): Appreciation for international ag workers

Every year, international farm workers pour about 18 million dollars into Leamington and nearby Kingsville by shopping at local stores, eating out, and just by being part of the community. The Canadian Horticultural Council made a video to highlight these workers. "It’s great that these men and women can come up…

Koen Druijf, Waterdrinker:

“Work on a sustainable future and certification”

‘‘To Waterdrinker, sustainability means taking responsibility to supply reliable products that are produced in an environmentally friendly way. Viability and care for the environment are at least as important as making as much profit as we can and we should be aware of that", says Koen Druijf, Quality,…

Value of hydrangeas stays behind

Colombia flower exports: over 5 percent increase in volume and value

So far, so good. This probably crosses your mind first when looking at the export numbers of the Colombian flowers, shared by Asocolflores . When comparing the total exports from January till September of 2018 with that of the same period in 2017, one can see an 6.7% increase in volume and an 5.5%…

US: Consumer horticulture proposal reviewers needed to impact how federal research dollars are spent

If you want to influence how federal research dollars are spent on Consumer Horticulture, you can volunteer to be a reviewer of Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)…

Paul Breukel, Allport Netherlands:

"In Mexico, you do business with people, not with companies"

If the greenhouse horticulture is on the rise in a country, logistics freight forwarder Allport Netherlands usually immediately notices this in the number of requests and the…

CAN (ON): Flower growers applaud province's commitment to greenhouse competitiveness

Ontario's flower producers commend the province of Ontario and Minister Hardeman for showing leadership in promoting industry competitiveness and growth. The continuation of…

Colombia: Floral industry prepares for Valentine's Day

The farms where Colombia's flowers are grown have begun their preparations for the export of roses, carnations, hydrangeas, alstroemerias, lilies and chrysanthemums for Valentine's Day 2019, including an increase of up to 50 percent in the number of workers in the sector. This was stated by the president of the…

US (MS): A flowery deal coming between the Coast and Colombia

Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and others recently struck a rosy deal to eventually have fresh-cut flowers flown to the Coast and distributed throughout the country. The group made it back to the Coast Wednesday after spending time in South America. “What we saw is an opportunity at the…

Canada: Ontario government supports greenhouse innovation

Ontario's Government for the People is supporting the province's greenhouse sector by encouraging innovation that takes steps to increase the supply of Canadian food in North American markets. Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs announced that the government has worked with the Ontario Greenhouse…

Ethiopia: Development of horticulture in Kunzila improves food security

Five Dutch floriculture companies are going to develop a sustainable large-scale horticultural area in the Ethiopian Kunzila area, with the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO.nl) programmes DGGF and GRO. The project sets an example for…

Sachin Appachu, Bliss Flora:

Kenya: "I have never seen a year as bad as this”

Kenyan flower growers find themselves in a challenging situation at the moment. Many suffer from the change of regulations, with freight now being calculated in volume instead of kilos. Also, a shortage of fertilizer raised the cost of production. On top of that, the auction prices have been low. It is…

Ahold Delhaize:

"We can't sell anything without substantiated information"

According to representatives from Ahold Delhaize and Albert Heijn, ornamental plant growers across the world need to provide more transparency about their products and the way…

analysis QuickFlora

How blockchain will change the floral industry

The blockchain is a new technology that many people say will transform how many of us do business together. Think back to before the internet came along, how people were speculating on the future of e-commerce. In its most basic form, a blockchain (formerly block chain), is a growing list of records, called blocks, which…

US: Agreement in principle reached on 2018 Farm Bill

House and Senate Agriculture Committee Chairmen Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Pat Roberts (R- Kan.) and Ranking Members Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.)…

Half of surveyed businesses breaching workplace laws

Australian Fair Work report: Widespread non-compliance in horticulture sector

In Australia, a Fair Work Ombudsman inquiry into workplaces was done along the nation’s Harvest Trail. Unfortunately it has found widespread non-compliance, with inspectors recovering more than $1 million in unpaid wages for over 2,500 workers. The damning report reveals that during the inquiry, FWO took court action…

Ayala Zilberman of Danziger, Donald Delfino of Podere Luen:

"We see a move from seed to cutting raised plants among Russian growers"

“In Russia we see a lot of potential for cutting raised bedding plants and perennials. At this year’s FlowersExpo several growers came to us telling that they know and are growing our Amore petunia”, says Ayala Zilberman of Danziger. They shared a booth with Podere Luen, an Italian grower who roots…

US: SAF keeps strong ties in new Congress

Historic turnover after the midterm elections may have shifted the balance of power in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the vast majority of relationships established between lawmakers and the floral industry will remain in place in the new Congress. That’s according to Shawn McBurney, SAF’s senior director of…

Mr. İsmail Yılmaz, Turkish Ornamental Plants Exporters Association:

"Turkish ornamental plants export value up by 30% this year"

The 10th edition of the Eurasia Plant Fair / Flower Show was held last week, from November 22– 24 2018 in the İstanbul TÜYAP Fair Convention Centre. It is said to be the region’s largest trade event for the professional horticultural, floricultural and landscaping sector, attracting international and…

Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher Named ‘2018 Flower Farm Champion’

Santa Barbara County Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher was named the 2018 Flower Farm Champion by the California Cut Flower Commission (CCFC) at its annual meeting Nov. 18 in Santa Barbara. She is the third recipient of the prestigious award. Fisher was recognized for not only her balanced and straightforward approach to…

Uzbekistan: President signs decree to boost greenhouse industry

The President of Uzbekistan, Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, has signed a decree featuring measures to facilitate the creation of greenhouse complexes. The document reads that the absence of contemporary…

UK: Government calls for evidence into labour shortages

In June 2018, the Government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out a full review of the composition of the Shortage Occupation List (SOL) – they…

Canada: Government invests in innovation to support greenhouse sector

Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food was at the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre to announce a federal investment of up to $5 million to the Automation Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster will be led by the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre. Canada's agricultural…

Europe: Auction prices 9 cm schlumbergeras lag behind

With the start of the schlumbergera season upon us, demand for the smaller sized ones is lagging behind. "For the 9 cm, the prices on the clock are over 20 percent lower in price compared to the usual price during this time of the year", says Torben Ryg, sales manager at Rosa Danica. This Danish potted…

Rabobank Horticulture Update November 2018:

NL: "Mixed results greenhouse vegetables, phalaenopsis and lilies in crisis"

While market conditions for Dutch horticulture are reasonable, last summer's drought will leave a mark on results this year, according to Rabobank's horticultural update for November 2018. The Rabo Horticultural Barometer is a fraction lower in the fourth quarter than a quarter earlier. The effects of the drought this…

Australia: Nursery industry empowering women into leadership roles

To ensure the longevity and success of Australia’s nursery industry, it’s important to tackle key workforce issues and challenges. It’s a theme strongly reflected in the nursery industry’s Strategic Investment Plan 2017-21 , which is dedicated to investing in people and developing the right human capital. As part…

Australian native flower industry looking for growers

As demand for native flowers booms across Australia, the flower industry is lobbying for new players to enter so they can reclaim sales into their lucrative export markets. With wedding and event trends favouring natives and florists pushing the product, demand is at levels not seen since before the global financial crisis.…

Pakistan: Export oriented flower farming promoted

Promotion of export-oriented flowers farming, especially roses, not only can help increase the earning of farmers but also earn foreign exchange. Over 1000 acres of rose flower crop was cultivated at the Tibba Sultanpur area of the Vehari district, and the cultivation of flowers was on the rise continuously in the…

US: New WF&FSA president talks labor, consolidation and need for education

The tightest job market in recent memory. Continued consolidation of retail florists. An ongoing need for industry-specific education and hard data. These are just some of the challenges and opportunities on the mind of Ben Powell, who stepped into the role of president of the Wholesale Florist & Florist Supplier Association…

Project plants seeds with global researchers to grow Australia’s nursery industry

The nursery industry is looking beyond Australian borders to unearth new research synergies and identify potential collaborations that will further support the growth of its…

Statistical Abstract 2018 of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics:

Kenya: Cut flower exports on the rise

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics recently released its Statistical Abstract 2018. The tables, compiled partly from statistics collected directly by the Bureau through Surveys and Censuses and also from statistics compiled by other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, offer a wealth of data about…

Black Friday: Florists are joining the price war

It's the day after Thanksgiving: Black Friday, which means plenty of promotional sales. Since 1932, this day has been regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season in the US. Many stores are offering special deals, discounts, coupons and so on, and so are florists and garden centers. Large…

Rural Britain expresses fears as Brexit approaches

Abingdon is in Oxfordshire. Almost 57 percent of voters in the region where it sits backed Britain staying in the EU. Brexit divides the community. The politics of Brussels and Westminster may feel a long way from here, but Brexit is the talk of the town right now – amongst both leavers and remainers.…

British growers check out Italian poinsettia cultivation

British poinsettia growers selected the area of Latina, 80km south of Rome, for this year’s study tour (12th – 14th November 2018). This rural area is a centre for all kinds of horticultural production and its edible and ornamental produce are distributed all over the country and exported to northern…

New Zealand: Fears after peonies flattened by snow

Naseby peony growers have an anxious wait to assess the damage to their flowers. Snow in Central Otago yesterday flattened a good portion of crops just as harvest season was beginning. Altitude Peonies owner John Smith said he would not know the full extent of damage until the weather cleared. "I can pretty much tell you now we've lost…

Turkey: Flower growers ask for government support

“Unfortunately flower growing is not regarded as agricultural production. Everybody needs to realize that growing flowers is indeed an agricultural production and contributes massively to the national economy. Support programs to improve flower growing business in Turkey need to be prepared and…

NL: Plant sector helps set export record for October

Mainly due to a strong increase in plant exports in October, the total value of exports including flowers is comparable to last year at 5.1 billion euros. It also means that the 2017 record of 6 billion euros is within reach, according to predictions from Floridata. The sector has profited from the…

Guangzhou leaves lasting impression on visiting Kenyan entrepreneurs

China’s third city, Guangzhou is a scintillating metropolis of 18 million people whose attractions include the presence of humanity from all over the world. 37 Kenyan business…

EU ministers back 'fair' Brexit deal with UK

In a momentous moment of unity in Brussels, the 27 national European Union ministers backed the draft of the terms of Britain's exit from the bloc. At least that is what the…

Cees Veerman sounds alarm on difficult restructuring of Westland horticulture

"Will the Westland still have horticulture in twenty years' time?"

Whilst the Netherlands might be the forerunner when it comes to greenhouse techniques, the market situation is anything but next-level. Over the last couple of years growers went through hard times and especially the future of the Westland area is facing challenges. Recently former minister, but also…

Retailers targeted for levy research project on Australian greenlife

With greenlife actively being embraced in the move towards cooling our cities and with increased recognition of the health benefits of plants and gardens, understanding the pathways of supply for greenlife in Australia is a priority for Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA). NGIA together to Down to Earth…

Australia: NSW drought hits hard with water restrictions likely

NGIA and NGINA met with Sydney Water to discuss the strategy around water use for industry and Nursery & Garden Industry’s desire to work with regulators on water conservation messages for the garden. The meeting, which was attended by Sonja Cameron, NGINA Member and owner of Cameron’s Nursery; Peter Vaughan, CEO…

Statistics Netherlands updates figures for 2018

Netherlands: Lower greenhouse acreage and fewer companies

Up-to-date figures from Statistics Netherlands show that the greenhouse acreage in the Netherlands has dropped once again. Compared to 2017, in 2018 there was a reduction of…

Government of Canada invests in ornamental horticulture innovation

Jean-Claude Poissant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Lawrence MacAulay, announced a federal investment of up to $4.6 million to the Ornamental Horticulture Research and Innovation Cluster under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Cluster will be lead by the…

Kenya: Naivasha grows as conference destination

Mention Naivasha, and flowers immediately come to mind. Its high temperatures, volcanic soil and plenty of fresh water from Lake Naivasha have not only propelled the area but Kenya into the flower garden of Europe, raking in Sh80 billion [778 million USD] a year. But growth in the meetings industry worldwide is increasingly…

Nairobi trade tariff talks with China to boost flower exports

Kenyan flower growers will be banking on the recently formed working committee, to thrash out tariff issues with China, possibly easing their entry into the world’s largest market. Last week, Kenya and China formed a technical work group that will oversee the withdrawal of the four per cent duty on most Kenyan exports…

Kenya: "Cut flower sector wilting under new rules, competition"

Hopes by Kenya’s flower growers to exploit the lucrative United States market and stop dependence on the European market will not bear much fruit despite the recent launch of direct flights between Nairobi and New York. In spite of optimism and excitement after national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) started direct flights…

"New standards by Australia threaten Kenya flower exports"

Kenya is desperately trying to comply with new demands imposed by Australia to ensure the country's cut flowers continue to access the fast growing market. Early this year, Australia introduced new…

UK: A briefing note on the withdrawal agreement

After months and months of negotiations, a draft withdrawal agreement between the EU and UK was published on Wednesday 14 November. The draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement sets out the terms of the UK's ‘divorce’ from the EU, over 585 pages. In addition, the EU and the UK published a joint political declaration on their…

British poinsettias arrive a week early due to summer heatwave

British Poinsettias arrive in Waitrose & Partners shops and on waitroseflorist.com one week earlier than last year due to the hot summer weather, marking the start of the festive season for many. Waitrose & Partners’ Poinsettias are grown by the Paton family (Jean and her three sons, Rory and twin brothers Stuart…

British cabinet agrees on interim Brexit deal

After a meeting that lasted for many hours, the British cabinet has come out in support of the provisional Brexit agreement. It was presented to them by the British Prime…

Australia: Biosecurity assurance for cut flower and foliage imports

The Australian Department of Agriculture has released a draft consultation report that confirms the enhanced import conditions for fresh cut flowers and foliage that effectively manage the associated biosecurity risks. The report assessed the three main groups of arthropod pests arriving with these imports—thrips, aphids and…

"Brexit could leave wedding bouquets stuck at the border"

Far removed from the political posturing and brinkmanship that capture most of the attention in Britain’s long and tedious departure from the European Union, Yme Pasma is deeply enmeshed in the mother of all logistical problems. He is the chief operating officer of Royal FloraHolland, a marketplace where some 12…

UK: Majestic Trees launches new Sponsored Travel Scholarship

Majestic Trees has launched a new Sponsored Travel Scholarship with the David Colegrave Foundation (DCF). The scholarship is offering up to £3,000 to fund a placement abroad at a tree nursery and includes the opportunity for a work placement at Majestic Trees. Majestic Trees and the David Colegrave Foundation will help in finding paid…

Germany: Autumn season gets underway with problematic conditions

In public parks, in the wild and in private gardens, we are now seeing plants that have withered or been damaged by the recent prolonged drought. Gabriele Friedrich talked about the import of this for tree nurseries, their range and prices with the Chairman of the Association of German Mid-sized Tree…

CAN (ON): Developing recommendations for more targeted greenhouse retention pond management

Retention ponds play an important role in helping Ontario greenhouse growers manage storm water. It’s not clear, however, how they influence water quality as the water flows from roof to pond and ultimately to surrounding watersheds and Lake Erie. Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG) have launched a project,…

Australia: Nursery & garden industry commit to a new business model

A new strategic direction, to move from the current federated model to a new model where businesses and associations are directly involved in their national body, has been…

Plenty of market opportunities

Russia: A nation of flower lovers

In recent years, the Russian government has made self-sufficiency a top priority. This has already resulted in a large number of new greenhouse projects for vegetable cultivation. But also in flowers and plants, Russia aims to become less dependent on imports. That's not all bad news for foreign…

Nigel Jenney - FPC

"We are extremely concerned about the lack of certainty, the lack of assurances that the UK government has provided"

The Brexit deadline is looming ever closer and the uncertainty is building. Do we have a deal? Don’t we have a deal? Considering that the UK imports 2/3rd of its fresh produce, what can importers do to prepare themselves and be sure of keeping fruit and vegetables on the shelves come March next year? “There is material…

China: Chrysanthemum industry helps villagers get rich

Local farmers in Sikou Town of Wuyuan County, east China's Jiangxi Province, are organized in recent years in a campaign to create a combination of trade company plus production coop plus farmer organisation in order to streamline the marketing of chrysanthemum, a traditional Chinese medicine herb. The…

US (MI): MDARD accepting public input on Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

To help ensure effective program priorities, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now accepting public input regarding the Michigan Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The Specialty Crop Block Grant Program awards funds to projects to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan specialty crops. Specialty…

"Nigerian hibiscus exporters ‘technically’ out of business"

A ban on Nigeria-made hibiscus flowers has left many exporters ‘technically’ out of business, as the ban of the product by the Mexican government is yet to be lifted. This has…

Kenya: Horticulture earnings hit 1 billion USD in eight months

Kenyan horticulture export earnings rose by a third to hit Sh104 billion [1 billion USD] in the first eight months of 2018 compared to Sh78.2 billion [763 million USD] earned during a similar period last year. Much of the growth was led by a rise in flower exports, whose earnings are forecast to grow further after Kenya…

Identifying foreign direct investment opportunities in Nepal

The Netherlands Embassy in Delhi and RVO are interested to know more about the opportunities that could contribute to the development of the private sector in Nepal in relation to Dutch expertise. Due to the limited Dutch official presence in the country too little is known about the challenges and…

Sri Lanka: Passenger held with Anthurium bushes

A Sri Lankan passenger has been detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while attempting to smuggle 470 bushes of Anthurium plants into the country. The fifty-year-old was apprehended by Customs Officers of the Biodiversity Cultural and National Heritage Protection Unit at the Green Channel of the…

Nepal: Village flourishes with flower farming

It’s 4:30 am, and Meena Thapa is ready to begin her day. As soon as she wakes up, Thapa freshens up and then dutifully prepares breakfast for her two children, before heading out to work in a relative’s field, where she picks Makhamali flowers all day. A resident of Gundu in Suryabinayak Municipality-7, Bhaktapur, Thapa,…

Nigeria resumes export of hibiscus to Mexico

Nigeria is set to resume the export of hibiscus to Mexico after the first export worth $35 million in nine months. The Coordinating Director of the Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Service (NAQS), Dr Vincent Isegbe, stated this when the Mexican Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Marco Antonio Garcia Blanco, paid him a…

Dutch plant-growers don’t dig Brexit

In the village of Deurne in the south of the Netherlands, Henk Raaijmakers is not looking forward to Brexit day. “I am expecting complete chaos at the border,” said the 60-year-old owner of a large plant and tree nursery, “Brexit will be disruptive for my business and the Dutch horticultural sector as a whole.” Raaijmakers’…

Australia: NGIA CEO provides update on current issues

In a newsletter, NGIA CEO Peter Vaughan provides an update on what activities have been undertaken by NGIA over the last month and a preview of activities leading up to the…

Brazil sees Westland as example for its own horticulture cluster

A delegation of 16 representatives from the Brazilian region of Holambra has arrived in Westland for a horticulture trade mission. Alongside a visit to the World Horti Center, where a memorandum of understanding has been signed on student exchange, the delegation is also visiting various horticulture…

India: Flowery future for Nagaland floriculture

A flower exhibition and competition organised by the Dimapur District Floricultural Association (DDFA) was inaugurated at Urban Haat in Dimapur on Nov. 6. The exhibition was a collaborative event with the Nagaland Flowers Growers Society (NFGS) and co-sponsored by department of Horticulture. The 5-day event was inaugurated…

China: The fastest growing market for Kenyan roses

Tushar Vyas works for the Subati Flower Company in Kenya, where he manages a 35-hectare flower farm. He has packed some of his roses so they can be shipped to Shanghai for potential buyers at the China International Import Expo (CIIE). Kenya is Africa’s biggest flower exporter, and the fourth largest in…

Nepal: Tihar calls for 1 million USD worth flower imports

After Dashain, Nepal is now gearing up for Tihar, one of its most popular festivals. In view of the upcoming festival preparations, the Himalayan nation will be importing flowers and garlands worth Rs 110 million [937,000 USD]. According to the Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN) President Kumar Kasaju, Nepal is importing around 300,000…

Australia: Nationwide survey to collect nursery data kicks off

Australian nurseries who receive a call to contribute to the Nursery Industry Statistics 2017/18 to 2019/20 (NY17008) survey are encouraged to get involved in order to build an accurate snapshot of the industry and its contribution to the Australian community. Managing the survey are independent agencies, Down to…

Turkish exporters on trade mission to London

The Turkish Ornamental Plants and Products Exporters Association held a trade mission to London, UK on 23rd-26th October 2018. From Antalya and İzmir, 10 major Turkish cut flower exporter companies participated in this trade mission program. Turkish companies visited significant retail chains in the UK to learn more about…

China: Chrysanthemum flowers enter harvest season

The chrysanthemum harvest season has begun recently in Wenxian County of Jiaozuo City, central China's Henan Province. Xinhua has snapped a few pictures of farmers picking chrysanthemum at a planting base. Click here to see the photos.

Kenya: "Union wary of more lay-offs as flower firms hire staff on contract"

Flower farmers in Naivasha are now employing workers on contract in a bid to address the rising wage bill according to the Kenya Plantation and Agricultural Workers Union…

South African Cape Flora on the rise

Over the last few years the interest for South African Cape Flora has grown and the high demand really became apparent during the drought in the Cape Province at the beginning of 2018. "The demand exceeded the supply", explains Dave Kaplan of Afrex Trading, an exporter of South African horti-and…

Canada joins global partners in support of agriculture innovation and trade

Canada has joined Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Jordan, Paraguay, the United States, Uruguay, Vietnam, and the Secretariat of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in supporting the International Statement on Agricultural…

Ethiopia secures $229M from flower export achieving 68% target

In the face of political unrest the country went through, Ethiopia gets $228.6 million from flower export last fiscal year ended July 7, 2018 achieving 68% of its target. The ministry of trade of the country, which was recently merged with ministry of industry, stated in its report that the reason the target was not…

US (FL): Clean water partnership expands experiential education program

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) announced a new ‘Living Lagoon’ school program partnership that will expand access to hands-on programs for middle-school students living near the Indian River Lagoon. The ‘Living Lagoon’ program engages students…

Kenya and Oman sign Chamber of Commerce MoU

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at enhancing and developing cooperation in business promotion and support of foreign trade and investments in both countries. The MoU, which was signed during the opening of the…

Ivan Freeman, Uhuru Flowers:

Kenya: "Oversupply makes extra flowers difficult to sell"

The beginning of November is always a bit slow for the rose market. This year the market is tough due to oversupply of Kenyan roses, says Ivan Freeman of Kenyan rose farm Uhuru Flowers. Many farms have high production. Right now Uhuru Flowers has 50 to 60 percent more production than normal over the last…

Pakistan urged to develop floriculture as an industry

Pakistan should develop floriculture into a full-fledged industry to export exotic varieties of flowers in addition to attracting tourists to visit innovative flower orchards in diversified and scenic environments of the blessed country. This was stated by a floriculturist from Indian-held Kashmir Javed Ahmad Shah…

Nepal: Marigold prices to see rise this Tihar

The price of local marigold is expected to increase this festive season as most marigolds have already blossomed in the fields, days ahead of the festival. This will consequently affect the supply in the market, say florists. The rise in prices can also be attributed to the festival taking place a little…

Romanian company wants to offer alternative to Dutch flower brokers

Floria Group has become a national player on the B2B segment and is acting as a flower broker in Romania, as well as trying to become a local alternative to flower brokers in the Netherlands. After consolidating its position in flower retail (B2C), online through Floria.ro and offline through its 6…

Veiling Rhein-Maas:

Weather conditions influence third quarter of 2018

The overall market situation in Europe was difficult in the third quarter of 2018 due to the bad weather conditions. Long periods of heat and extreme drought – also in the Lower Rhine Region and in Limburg – resulted in low supply volumes. The unfavourable weather conditions had an influence on the…

Seeking and finding apprentices in German horticulture

Over 60,000 apprenticeship positions could not be filled in Germany in 2018; there were not enough young people, especially for training positions in the retail trade.…

UK: Parliamentarians urge greater Government support for horticulture post-Brexit

Cross-party MPs and Peers are calling for greater Government support to secure the future of the UK’s £24.2bn horticulture sector post-Brexit, in a new report. The All-Party…

Canada: Ontario growers happy with minimum wage freeze

Ontario’s provincial government announced on Tuesday that the province’s minimum wage will be maintained at $14 per hour until 2020. Under the former Liberal government, the…

Some supporting statistics

China’s appetite for flowers continues to increase

The flower industry sees more and more potential in the Chinese market. The growing middle and affluent class of the largest population of the world is willing to pay a premium price for high quality flowers. This is explained by Catalina Arango of Flores Del Este, a Colombian farm that grows hydrangeas.…

Weddings keep Kenya's local flower industry blooming

Not many Kenyans buy flowers for each other often to express affection or appreciation for good deeds. Even lovers wait for specific days like birthdays, anniversaries or Valentine's Day to buy roses for each other. However, despite this fact, the East African nation's local flower industry is thriving. The flower…

Rising profits for Danish growers

In the Danish horticultural sector, vegetable growers again achieved the highest profits in 2017. They earned an average of nearly 150,000 euros for open field cultivation and more than 130,000 euros for greenhouses. The profit in the pot plant sector was slightly lower, on average around 115,000 euros,…

US (HI): Growers report nearly $28M in damages caused by eruption

Less than 50 Big Island farmers reported nearly $28 million in total agricultural damages in a survey of farmers affected by the Kilauea eruption. Beginning in August, the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources conducted a survey of farmers affected by the Kilauea eruption. The 46…

"Vanishing gardens and landscapes threaten UK future"

For the first time a report by Oxford Economics for the Ornamental Horticulture Roundtable Group reveals the significant value of the UK’s ornamental horticulture and landscape industries. In light of its economic importance, the industry contends that it isn’t being taken seriously by Government for the…

Zimbabwe: Exporters' Conference marked with bold commitments

The ZimTrade Annual Exporters’ Conference was successfully held on Thursday 4 October. The event was attended by His Excellency President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Minister of Industry and Commerce Honourable Nqobizitha M. Ndlovu among senior members of Government, several international trade experts and local…

Cambodia: Environment Minister calls for wild orchid protection

Cambodia's Environment Minister Say Samal on Sunday called for more effort to study and preserve orchids in protected areas which can become tourist attractions. During a visit to the project site of the Sok An Phnom Kulen Orchid Research and Conservation Centre in Siem Reap province, Mr Samal encouraged officials and…

Steven van Schilfgaarde, Royal FloraHolland:

“Together we are stronger internationally”

Opportunities for growth are sometimes a long way away. Digitization makes it possible to serve markets in other continents. GROW discussed this with Steven van Schilfgaarde. Royal…

Ireland: Garden centre sales dry up in hosepipe ban

The hosepipe ban turned people off gardening in July, which resulted in a fall off in sales at garden centres, according to new figures. “If grocery sales growth is removed from the equation, the Irish retail industry is experiencing like-for-like declines,” said Retail Excellence group CEO David Fitzsimons. “The heatwave…

AIPH and Union Fleurs publish 2018 International Statistics Yearbook

The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), in association with Union Fleurs, has released the 2018 edition of the International Statistics – Flowers and…

UK: Issuing plant passports to trade plants in the EU

In this document , the UK Government describes how growers and traders can get authorised to issue plant passports, when you need to be authorised and the plants that need passports. The government recently updated the link to the EU protected zones document. Click here for more information.

Exports and value added, the new challenges for nurseries in Colombia

September 2018 marked two years of work for the Association of Colombian Nurseries, Colviveros. This Trade Association works in a segment that had never been in the spotlight in this South American country despite being an important generator of employment and livelihood for more than 25,000 Colombian…

Iran exports flowers, ornamental plants to 30 countries

According to official figures Iran exported flowers and ornamental plants valued at $25 million to 30 countries in the year to March 21, 2018, said the head of Ornamental Plants Research Center of the Iranian Agricultural Jihad Ministry, IRNA reports. Speaking to Iran Daily, Mohammadreza Shafi’ei added this comes…

Illegal trade putting Greek wild orchids at risk, scientists warn

Overharvesting to meet skyrocketing demand in Turkey and elsewhere is placing the endemic wild orchid population in Pindos, northwestern Greece, at risk, according to a team of scientists studying the flowers. A key ingredient for the production of salep, a popular sweet drink, and Turkey's mastic ice…

Ecuador: The origin story of preserved and garden roses

Garden cut roses and preserved roses have become popular products produced in Ecuador, and at the exhibitions in Quito in September, many of them were on display. But when did it all start? Marisa Ortiz of X-ACT Products, a company that is focused on facilitating relationships between parties involved in…

Can the Russian greenhouse industry overcome challenges?

The development of Russia’s greenhouse industry has become a well-known fact in the last few years. Analytics argue that 2017 was one of the most successful years for the industry thus far with more than 250 hectares of new commercial greenhouses commissioned. This rapid increase resulted mainly from a…

Cannabis legalization: challenges and opportunities

Canada rolls out the green carpet

October 17, 2018. On this historical day, recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada. While medical marijuana has been legal for some time now, the legalization of recreational pot in such a big potential market represents a paradigm shift in the industry (by the way, if you're curious about where…

Workers Zena Roses protest over salaries

Workers of a Murang’a flower firm have staged protests in an effort to pressure their employer to pay their 3-month salaries arrears. Staff of Zena Roses Company located in Gatanga Sub County have been in a go-slow since Saturday after the company failed to pay them salaries since July 2018. More than 200 workers on Tuesday complained…

US (FL): Update on crop damage caused by Hurricane Michael

As of October 15, economists with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have begun gathering information they need to develop formal estimates of damages and crop losses Hurricane Michael inflicted upon agricultural and natural resources industries operating in Florida’s…

UK: Standards set to develop future farmers and growers

To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes. The green light…

Belgium: Soil passport as new tool to more sustainable management of agricultural parcels

ILVO is going to set up a sort of 'medical record' for its land parcels. All soil data - crop rotation, soil working and treatment, analyzes, yields and environmental…

Iran’s flower, ornamental plants market on rise

Iran’s balance of trades for flower and ornamental plants in the past Iranian year (ended on March 20) remained positive amounting to some $11 million, which is expected to observe a significant growth this year, a senior official at the Ministry of Agriculture said. According to the head of the Ministry of Agriculture’s…

China's e-commerce flower sector is blooming

Targeting the new generation of e-commerce customers, online flower retailers keep their clients engaged with new designs and ideas. Customers are also encouraged to share photos of their bouquets with friends via social networks. Competition is fierce. Rose-Only, a Beijing-based startup founded in 2013, targets the…

India: Flower shops shut down in Chennai

Badrain Street lost the fragrance of flower business after the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, following a Madras High Court ultimatum of 48 hours, locked and sealed 60 shops with police security on Thursday. This comes after the Madras High Court on Tuesday gave the 48-hour ultimatum to the CMDA to…

Miguel Gómez Martínez

Colombia: "The competition for the lowest costs doesn't make it possible to generate wealth"

"It is wealth that has the capacity to help us overcome misery. It seems very obvious, but it is not what we have been striving for in recent decades." It is the subtitle of Miguel Gomez Martinez's column "What’s expensive is good" (Lo caro is bien) published in Portafolio . He reviews the thesis of…

Retaining strong position of Westland by means of expansion and accessibility

The merger of auctions strongly contributed to the development of ABC Westland. The Dutch business park was full in just a few years, and the land bought later is now also practically fully occupied. Yet ABC Westland isn’t done growing. ABC Westland was started in 1999. After The Greenery was founded,…

Turkey: 1.1 billion USD exports from West Mediterranean region of Turkey so far in 2018

The West Mediterranean region of Turkey has exported 1.1 billion USD worth of products so far in 2018, a 6.3 % increase compared to the previous year. The West Mediterranean region is well known for being the center of the Turkish agricultural production especially in tomatoes, cucumbers, citrus fruits…

Australia: Have your say on nursery and garden industry employment

Nursery & Garden Industry Australia (NGIA) is encouraging growers, retailers and supply chain participants to jump online and complete a new workforce survey, to gain a timelier depiction of employment and career development issues within the industry. The survey is available online at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/nurserycareers and will…

New plant campaign from the Flower Council of Holland

Thanks Plants! Danke Pflanzen! Bedankt Plant! Merci les Plantes!

Green energy, cosiness, improved air, beauty: there are many reasons for thanking plants for what they do. And that is the angle for the new campaign. The message of bringing more plants into the home for their beauty and as an important element in home decor has turned out to be ‘mission accomplished’ for the…

Kenya's horticultural sector eyes China expo to boost revenues

Kenya's horticulture sector planned to participate in the upcoming China International Import Expo (CIIE) to boost its revenue, the industry association said on Thursday. Okisegere Ojepat, CEO of Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPCK), told Xinhua in Nairobi that the event will provide an opportunity for Kenyan…

Catalina Arango, Flores del Este:

"Russia: an interesting market for Colombian hydrangeas"

Hydrangeas are the 5th most important export flower of Colombia in terms of value. Both, volume and value are still increasing. The United States is still by far the most important export market for these flowers, but volumes to China, Russia and Spain have shown an exponential growth. Colombian export…

Kenya's $800 million flower market sees boost thanks to China

Red Lands Roses in Kenya produces some of the boldest shades of roses, from a glossy red to a bright yellow and even a vivid pink. Every single bundle of flowers is carefully prepared for export to several countries, with China being one of their biggest markets. This flower farm is just one of many in Kenya, which…

Ireland allocates €6 million for horticulture

The Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Andrew Doyle TD, welcomed the expenditure allocations announced in Budget 2019. Expenditure next year will amount to: €103m for the Forestry Programme,  €6m in capital investment for the commercial horticulture sector, €16.8m for Bord na gCon, €11m is being provided for the Organic…


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