In close cooperation with FSI, the Sustainable Trade Initiative organized the event IDH4Gender in Nairobi, Kenya. A very informative and unique experience to share first hand learnings, experiences and best practices in the flower and tea sector. During the event we had the opportunity to present an overview of the initiatives that FSI members have put in place to support gender equality and women empowerment in the floriculture industry. It was special to have social responsibility director Katheryn Mejia from Asocolflores attending to highlight the Colombian approach to equality, supporting people on farms as well as in their families and communities. Through the engagement of the network and the creation of solid business cases, we are able to show the positive impact of gender-inclusive strategies for workers and businesses in the sector. [...]
During the IFTEX week in Kenya, the Kenya Flower Council hosted an afternoon workshop for scheme owners representatives, all members of FSI. Just before the busy IFTEX fair started, we made use of this unique opportunity to present and discuss the approach on improving Environmental Practice. The meeting proved to be a lively exchange of knowledge and a great opportunity for all the participants to share their vision on the FSI approach, the FSI basket and to agree on the next steps to include a new environmental dimension. The key points to consider for the development of a standardized agrochemical record-keeping were also discussed to ensure that the sector moves forward towards a more sustainable but also transparent floriculture chain.
With so much knowledge in the room and the willingness to discuss openly, participants shared their [...]
Last week, a dam of Solai group has burst, resulting in a mud torrent reaching two villages in Nakuru County, Kenya, It killed at least 47 people and 40 are still missing. Currently, the cause of the dam burst is being investigated and according to Reuters.com, the tragedy is likely to put a spotlight on the regulation of Kenya’s cut-flower industry. We asked Kenya Flower Council for an update and what this will mean for the flower industry. CEO Clement Tulezi says the following: (more…)
Kenya Flower Council Board of Directors Chairman, Mr. Richard Fox is now the president of Union Fleurs, where the Council is a member, following an election held during the Union Fleurs General Assembly in San Remo, Italy. This is the first time in the 60 year history of Union Fleurs that the Presidency is held by a non - European domiciled trade association.
Union Fleurs, founded in 1959 is an international umbrella organization for national associations active in the floricultural trade. Its main purpose is to represent and promote the interests of traders of cut flowers, cut foliage and pot plants. The membership of Union Fleurs accounts for 80% of the total value of worldwide exports of cut flowers and pot plants.
Mr. Fox was also elected to the Chair of [...]
The Kenya Flower Council in partnership with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) and National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) organized the alumni workshop held on HerProject. During the event, the KFC CEO Mrs. Jane Ngige there is great involvement in HERprojects are keen on projects that add value to the flower industry.
The HERproject has been implemented in 14 countries reaching over 700,000 workers working with 20 NGO partners in 620 factories and farms. The project is composed of three elements including HERfinance, HERhealth and HERrespect. HERfinance will be implemented mid next year and the topics and various topics will be tackled including borrowing responsibly, discussing finances with family members, exposure to finances and awareness raising of formal versus informal financial services. The project addresses key issues, the cost of doing things [...]
The second edition of the Flower Logistics Africa (FLA) and Perishable Logistics Africa (PLA) was successfully held on the 22nd and 23rd November respectively at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi. The event brought together key players in the horticulture industry value chain including growers, exporters, freight forwarders, shippers, the airlines amongst others.
The conference was structured into panel discussions where various panelists handled different topics as the audience engaged throughout the discussions. Logistics refers to the whole framework whether physical, technical or administrative for the transportation of exports right from the farm to the consumer. Employing better logistics in the industry lead to profitability and reduce wastage.
The theme for the FLA was ‘Enhancing Africa’s flower power through better logistics’. The panel [...]
After a very successful inaugural edition of Flower Logistics Africa (FLA) in Nairobi last year, the event returns to the Kenyan capital city for its second edition on 22 November 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel. For the second year running, Kenya Flower Council will be the official partner at this event. Bringing additional value to the participants and to Africa’s perishable exporters a separate logistics conference, Perishable Logistics Africa (PLA), will also take place at the same venue on 233 November 2017.
With “Enhancing Africa’s flower power through better logistics” as the core theme, FLA 2017 has already received the industry support from Kenya Flower Council, Cool Chain Association (CCA), Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) and Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA).
The inaugural [...]
The Kenya Flower Council in collaboration with Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) will hold a workshop on the need for social projects and impacts on the workers under HERprojects on the sidelines of the International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands on November 9, 2017 from 2:30 pm.
Kenya Flower Council partnered with BSR, a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of over 250 companies to build a just and sustainable world, and that initiated the HERproject which is a global public –private partnerships to empower low income women. BSR’s HERproject has been operating in Kenya since 2012.
This partnership aims at addressing issues of gender equality and worker welfare in Kenya’s floriculture sector through implementing HERproject. The [...]
The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has officially been launched to support the industry’s growth and development. Pioneered by two lead organizations in the industry the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) and the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), the new institution is mandated to enhance industry growth and development by providing high level lobbying and advocacy services for the industry with the aim of facilitating and sustaining access to existing and emerging markets. (more…)
Panalpina, an international freight forwarding and logistics company will acquire Air Connection; a Kenya-based forwarder specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables. Both Companies are Associate Members of Kenya Flower Council.
This development comes after Panalpina’s acquisition of Airflo in Kenya in 2016 and only two weeks after the company formally announced the launch of its global Perishables Network.
Panalpina will acquire the family-owned Kenyan company Air Connection, subject to conditions.
“The acquisition of Air Connection will strengthen our existing global Perishables Network and our position as the clear market leader in the perishables arena in Kenya,” says Stefan Karlen, Panalpina’s CEO.
Air Connection is specialized in the export of flowers and vegetables from Kenya to multiple destinations including the Netherlands and the UK, and is [...]
The GSP REX system of the EU, Norway and Switzerland is already in force. The REX System is an Electronic System based in the EU that the local competent authorities register exporters on. Upon registration the exporters no longer fill in a paper GSP certificate to the EU, Norway and Switzerland. Instead of the paper certificates, the registered exporters will make statements of origin in prescribed form on commercial documents. By end of this year (2017), all exports requiring GSP to Norway and Switzerland should be done using this platform.
Kenya elected to implement in 2017. KRA being the competent authority for issuance of all preferential proofs of origin in Kenya is in the process of rolling out the project. Training of its officers is already in progress.
Consequently KRA has proposed to hold sensitization/training workshops as follows:
- Mombasa preferably before the end of April [...]
Kenya will this year participate in the International Floriculture Expo (IFE) scheduled to take place from 13th to 15th June 2017 at McCormick Place, Chicago. The Kenyan Stand will be sponsored by East Africa Tradehub – COMPETE. They have already secured a 20’x30’ booth No. 834. Exhibitors will only pay for their travel costs and Accommodation.
IFE is an annual event where the floral industry gathers to discover new products, source new suppliers, network, and learn. IFE 2017 will be co-located with United Fresh & Global Cold Chain Expo in Chicago. IFE is North America’s largest business-to-business trade show for the floral industry, uniting mass market retail buyers, florists, suppliers, media, and other industry professionals. In 2016, over 5,500 floral and produce professionals walked the show floor including companies like 1800Flowers, Ahold, Albertson’s, FTD, Meijer, Publix, Target, and Wegmans.
The Kenya Consulate in Dubai is planning to host a Trade, Tourism and Investment Mission in Dubai from 24th – 26th May 2017 to be held at La Meridian Hotel. The mission themed ‘scaling new heights’ will entail distinct but interrelated sessions that includes a workshop on doing business in Kenya/UAE, b2b meetings, site visits as well as an exhibition for the first 2 days while the last day will be dedicated to the participation of the Kenyan diaspora resident in Dubai.
This will provide an opportunity to explore possibilities of flower export to UAE. The Embassy will provide a free stand for Kenya Flower Council. The Embassy is working with Value Connect Company for registration of participants.
The full conference cost package is $1795 for Early bird registration done before April 10, 2017, and thereafter it will be $1950. These include:
- i) 4 nights hotel [...]
The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) celebrated this year’s Valentine’s Day with Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams Arcade Branch, where patients and visitors were presented with flowers. They all could not hide their joy as they warmly received the beautiful flowers graciously donated by Red Lands Roses.
All the Nairobi Women Hospital branches shared the love with flowers. We Thank Red Lands Roses for supporting this initiative.
Mrs. Eunice Munyingi, the Hospital Manager thanked Kenya Flower Council for the gesture. “We are grateful for sharing the love with us and most especially with our patients. You have given them a reason to smile today.” She said.
As the saying goes, just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
The Kenya Flower Council, fully sponsored by Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH and Trade and Fairs Consulting GmbH, participated in the first edition of Floradecora that took place in Messe Frankfurt Germany from 27 to 30th January 2017. This is a new trade fair for fresh flowers and ornamental which attracted over 60 exhibitors. (more…)
“Rose Safari” is a new concept initiated by Flower Optimal Connection where the best premium rose varieties from carefully selected top farms in Kenya are uniquely packaged and delivered fresh to florists across Europe. During the forthcoming premier edition of Floradecora trade fair in Frankfurt Germany, Flower Optimal will be showcasing the new concept and at the same time offering visiting florists the premium roses that are of the same top quality as South American varieties but at even better prices.
Rose Safari concept is testament that there are many premium roses grown in Kenya that have the same top quality characteristics as roses grown in other regions such as Ecuador and Colombia.
With Rose Safari we Finally have a concept that proudly promotes premium roses from Africa to florists. (Contrary to most roses from Africa which are sold and marketed though [...]
The first Flower Logistic Africa 2016 took place on November 8-9, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The event organized by Logistics Update Africa in collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council as the official partner brought together key stakeholders of Africa's flower power to discuss and learn the best practices of sustainable cut flower supply chain.
The conference themed from farm to vase: Building sustainable cut flower supply chain is one of the first conferences in Africa that put the focus on the evolving floral value chain.
The forum through panel discussions identified the logistical challenges faced not only by the growers; but by the all the value chain players at large, for example policies and regulation, insurance, investment, the safety and the quality of the cargo and cost of doing business. The exiting program addressed competitiveness about the current market and the opportunities for the future of the flower industry. (more…)
This year the Kenya Flower Council once again mounted a Kenyan Pavilion during the International Flower Trade Fair (IFTF) held in Expo Harlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands. Kenya showcased her strengths as the leading country in the production and export of quality flowers to the EU at the Kenya pavilion (C3.20). This is in the spirit to brand the Kenyan flower and also sell Kenya as a country.
The 64 metre squared booth was sponsored by the USAID through the KAVES (Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises) program, Horticulture Crop Directorate, Kenya Flower Council, Zena Roses, Red Lands Roses, Harvest Ltd and Kariki
The growers showcased the best of Kenya by displaying their top quality flowers attracting hundreds of visitors to the pavilion. The expo organized by HPP Exhibitions, is one of the biggest international flower shows bringing together major international players in the flower industry from across the globe. (more…)
The Kenya Flower Council attended the 2nd panel meeting for the preparation of the Kenya export development program (KEMDP) for year 2017 on Monday 31st October 2017. The meeting took place at the Export Promotion Council offices in Nairobi.
The KEMDP is a tool for harmonizing Kenya export market development activities with a view to avoid duplication of efforts by various trade support institutions and provides a guide to both trade support institutions and exporters on the prioritized and targeted market exports for Kenya. (more…)
The Kenya Flower Council attended the Nairobi County Governors Round Table on 1st November 2016 in Nairobi. The meeting was organized by the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) where the Kenya Flower Council is a member. The focus of the round table was competitiveness and ease of doing business in Nairobi County.
Dr Evans Kidero, Governor-Nairobi County Government highlighted efforts being made by his Government in creating a conducive business environment and facilitating businesses. He said his government had launched a Unified Business Permit which incorporates all licenses including the single business license, health and fire into one.. It is an online platform which will reduce time taken to obtain the myriad licenses and tame corruption. He also noted the improved security that business people are experiencing lately and promised to keep up the [...]
The Kenya Flower Council attended the horticulture research fund meeting at the Horticulture Crop Directorate (HCD) headquarters in Nairobi on 1st November 2016. The meeting wac convenvened by HCD with the aim of prioritizing issues that will be supported by the KES 2 million available in HCD and identify potential funders for the research fund .
Presenters emphasized the need for continued market access through elimination of quarantine pests, upholding quality standards and tackling non-tariff barriers to trade. The false codling moth was cited as the most potent threat to the flower industry in Kenya. Other pests of economic significance and which merit attention are the African fruit fly, milly bugs, thrips, papaya ringspot virus and tuta absoluta.
The next meeting will be held mid-January 2017.
The Kenya Flower Council attended the wildlife regulations meeting at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on 4th November 2016. The Council actively participates in environmental and natural resources initiatives as they have a direct impact in the business prosperity of its members. The meeting discussed various items in the regulations including compensations, incentives for conservancies; carbon sinks financing and protected areas.
The Kenya Flower Council attended the Kenya-Botswana Investment Forum on 7/11/16 in Nairobi. The Forum was organized by the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where KFC is a member and the Botswana Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (more…)
The Kenya Flower Council participated in a baseline survey on better business practices for children project on 8th November 2016 at KEPSA offices. The Council has already embedded these practices in its code of practice and its members are implementing the recommendations of the project. Organizers of the survey endorsed the Council’s practices on the subject and promised to replicate to other industries and business enterprises. (more…)
The Kenya Flower Council attended a meeting on the development of a national strategy for horticulture at the Ministry of Agriculture headquarters on 9/11/16. The strategy will aid in the implementation of the national horticulture policy. (more…)
The World Flower Council (WFC) held their International Summit from 1st to 4th September 2016 at the Norfolk Hotel Nairobi, Kenya. The event was organized in collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council themed Kenya: Fascinating Flowers, Fauna and Friends. This was the first time the summit was held in African soil. (more…)
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a Flower Industry sensitization workshop on the automation of the issuance of Certificates of Origin (CoO) at a Naivasha Hotel. The Participants were taken through how the system will work where they got a chance to give their feedback on the same. The online web portal will enable stakeholders to readily access relevant trade information and also apply for certificates of Origin. This development will help increase efficiency through integrating the portal to the Kenya National Single Window to speed up trade flow.
KNCCI was handed back the mandate to issuing the Certificate of Origin in July 2014, a function temporarily handled by the Kenya Bureau of Standards. They signed an agreement with Trademark East Africa (TMEA) on automating the issuance [...]
The Kenya Flower Council is celebrating 20 years since inception. The climax of this important landmark will take place during IFTEX 2016. The function gives KFC a unique opportunity to appreciate the Association, its esteemed members, partners, friends and the numerous milestones achieved over the past 20 years.
Over the two decades, KFC has grown in stature providing exemplary services in industry representation, promotions and market access pegged onto an internationally accredited quality assurance scheme. Moreover, the IFTEX show is going to take place for the 5th time in Kenya. According to the organizers the International Flower Trade Exhibition has grown into one of the most important cut flower trade events in the world. Exhibit space has doubled since the first edition back in 2012 and will again increase this year with 20% compared to last year, mainly as a result [...]
The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has clarified that bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum, (race 1) has not been found in roses in Kenya. This follows erroneous reports that appeared in the media recently in regard to the presence of bacterial wilt disease in Roses. According to Kephis, Bacterial wilt (Ralstonia solanacearum) is a disease common in plants of the solaneceae family like potatoes, tomatoes, egg plants, chilies and solanaceous weeds. This disease is classified into 5 races based on different host ranges and biochemical reactions. Race 1 is known to affect solanaceae family, Race 2 is known to affect banana while race 3 is known to affect potato. Race 1 has not been known to attack roses until recently reported in one of Kenya’s trading partner’s glass houses growing roses towards the end of last year. That country [...]
Dow AgroSciences an Associate Member of Kenya Flower Council, launched in Kenya Closer™ 240SC insecticide, containing the active ingredient, IsoclastTM Active. IsoclastTM won the Agrow Award for the best new crop protection product in 2014, as well as an R&D top 100 award for both the Closer™ 240SC and TransformTM 500WDG formulations.
In her speech during the event, KFC Chief Executive Mrs. Jane Ngige said the launch of CLOSER came at an opportune moment for the Industry. She added that it’s gratifying that the new quality product can be integrated with IPM which is imperative in meeting the ever stringent market requirements on safety and environment protection and sustainability, amongst others.
She said the inauguration of CLOSER is an indication of how innovation has outgrown in the bid to satisfy the needs for the farmer.
The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) celebrated this year’s Valentine’s Day with Nairobi Women’s Hospital, Adams, where all the patients were presented with a bouquet of flowers. As it has been the norm in previous years, the newsrooms of different media houses were also given a treat of bouquets of red roses. They all could not hide their joy. As the saying goes, Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. The flowers were graciously donated by the KFC members namely Red Lands Roses, Waridi Ltd and Valentine Growers. Mrs. Eunice Munyingi, the Hospital Manager thanked KFC for the kind gesture adding that it brought warm smiles to the patients along with their loved ones.
Mid last week, KFC supported by Magana Flowers also appreciated reporters who attended an industry press briefing at Intercontinental [...]
Nairobi February 10, 2016. It’s yet another year of doing business and for the flower industry this is our supreme season, the Valentine’s Day. This is the time when most exporters make about 30% of their annual sales. Kenya is leading in the export of flowers globally. It is believed that for every 10 stems sold in Europe three stems are from Kenya. Indeed, the flower industry has made significant strides in enhancing sustainable markets. Kenya continues to diversify to other markets outside Europe. The diversification of marketing models from Auctions to direct market has grown extensively targeting over 60 destinations. New markets like Japan, US, Asia are growing fast. The industry is looking to the entry of Delta airlines to Kenya which will offer a direct freight to the US. On the other hand, the Russian market demand and returns have declined [...]
The China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) has offered to acquire Syngenta by the end of the year. According to Syngenta this development is subject to shareholder acceptance and regulatory approvals.
ChemChina has offered to give US$ 465 per ordinary share plus a special dividend of CHF 5 to be paid conditional upon and prior to closing. The offer is equivalent to a Swiss franc value of CHF 480 per share1. Syngenta shareholders will in addition receive the proposed ordinary dividend of CHF 11 in May 2016. It is planned to make a facility available for the conversion of US dollar sales proceeds into Swiss francs on closing.
The Board of Directors of Syngenta has considered that the proposed transaction respects the interests of all stakeholders and has unanimously recommended the offer to shareholders. The transaction will enable Syngenta to continue to be the [...]
The Kenya Flower Council Chairman Mr. Richard Fox has been re-elected for another term as the Trade representative at the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) Board. This was announced at the FSI General Assembly held on January 28, 2016 at Essen, Germany. Mr. Fox is also the Vice-President and Chairman of World Trade Committee of the Union Fleur where KFC is a Member. On the other hand, Lara Ladipo of Partner Africa was also elected as the representative of the Civil Society Organizations. FSI is an initiative desired, created and maintained by the floriculture sector and its stakeholders with an aim of ensuring 90% of the internationally traded flowers and plants by FSI members will be sustainably produced by 2020. FSI aims to reduce the fragmentation of the multitude of projects and standards aligning investments and actions of the private and public [...]
In efforts to reduce the cost of doing business in the country and enhance service delivery, the National Treasury held a conference in Naivasha. The conference was held under the aegis of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC). Kenya Flower Council attended the seminar and participated in the drafting of the final report.
The agenda of the conference was the development of a national policy to aid counties enhance the collection of own revenue and to cut on dependency on national allocation through maximization in and alignment of the seven pillars, to avoid revenue wastage at collection and to expand the tax base. The pillars are:
• Single Business permit/Multiplicity of Taxes • Other taxes, fees and Charges Collected by Counties • Property Taxation • Drafting National and County Policy and Legislation • Citizen Engagement and [...]
International and Regional Trade Facilitation Seminar
The Kenya Flower Council attended a seminar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and funded by Trade Mark East Africa. Three key issues were discussed: The World Trade Organization (WTO) basic principles, meaning and implications to business, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPAs), and the Tripartite Free Trade Area Agreement (TFTA).
MAIN PRINCIPLES OF THE WTO; MEANING & IMPLICATION TO BUSINESS Non- Discrimination
• Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Treatment – all concessions realized through negotiations are multilaterized to the entire membership without discrimination.
- For Business this could translate to more market access opportunities or more competition.
• National Treatment – internal taxes and charges and regulations are applied equally on both [...]
Kenya-Japan Investment Seminar
On the 19th August 2015 the Kenya flower Council participated in the Kenya-Japan Investment seminar hosted by the Kenya Investment Authority KenInvest and Vision 2030.
The seminar was attended by a contingent of prominent business organizations from Japan seeking new opportunities in the Kenyan marketplace, their Kenyan counterparts and notable Kenyan government officials. As well as highlight the growing partnership between the two countries, the seminar set out to showcase Kenya as a favorable business destination, encourage foreign direct investment and provide a platform for businesses to interact.
Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr. Amina Mohamed reiterated the government’s continued commitment to facilitating private enterprise in the country. Other notable attendees conducted several presentations [...]
Energy Audit Update
The deadline to complete an energy audit as stipulated by the Energy (Energy Management) Regulation 2012, provisioned by the Energy Act 2006, is the 28th September 2015.
As per Section 6 (1) of the Energy (Energy Management) Regulation 2012, all industrial, commercial and institutional energy users consuming in excess of 180,000 kWh (classified between medium and high energy consumers) annually are required to conduct at least one energy audit every three years. Consumers who use less than 180,000 kWh (classified as low energy consumers) are not required to perform an energy audit. Failure to do so after the deadline and or to deny the commission or its agent’s access to business premises (for the purposes of the energy audit) constitutes an offence as per Section 18 (b).
Thereafter owners or an occupier of designated facilities are liable to a general penalty [...]