KFC Profile


KFC PROFILE

Kenya Flower Council (KFC) is a voluntary association of independent growers and exporters of cut-flowers and ornamentals, formed in 1996, with the aim of fostering responsible and safe production of cut flowers in Kenya with due consideration of workers welfare and protection of the environment. 

Against this background the KFC has become a common platform for industry representation, promotion and compliance to pertinent local and international standards, deemed necessary to secure markets.

KFC administers compliance through an internationally accredited KFC Code of Practice (CoP) on good agricultural practice, sustainability, social accountability, hygiene health and safety, capacity building, environmental protection and conservation, adherence to which is the backbone of all KFC activities. 

The Certification Scheme comprising the KFC CoP and Quality Management Systems is accredited by the South African National Accreditation Systems (SANAS), as a Certification Body (C49), in accordance with ISO Guide 65:1999. 

In order to remain relevant, the Code which is a living document stays abreast with industry dynamics. Benchmarking the KFC CoP to other codes such as GlobalGap, Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP), Tescos Nurture, KS- 1758 in addition to 23 different Kenya Government statutes, provides an opportunity to conduct “Combi” audits as a measure of effective and efficient service to members.

It also embraces the principles of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention, International Code of Conduct (ICC), Ethical Trade Initiatives (ETI) and the Horticulture Ethical Business Initiatives. 

As of July 2015, KFC had a producer membership of 94 flower farms situated throughout the country. The current KFC membership represents about 50 – 60% of the flowers exported from Kenya. Associate membership stands at 62 members representing major Cut Flower Auctions and Distributors in UK, Holland, Switzerland, Germany and Kenya. Associate members are involved in the flower sector through flower imports, provision of farm inputs and other affiliated services.

KFC is a member of:

  1. GLOBAL G.A.P
  2. Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI)
  3. Union Fleurs
  4. COLEACP
  5. Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC)
  6. Horticulture Council of Africa (HCA)
  7. Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) 
  8. Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
  9. Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE)
  10. National Taskforce on Horticulture.

THE VISION
“To be the lead organization in the provision of representational, self-regulation and promotion services for the floriculture industry in Kenya.”

STRATEGY
“Active participation in the formulation and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the floriculture sector”.

THE MISSION
“To promote economic, social and political interests of the floriculture industry through active participation in the determination and implementation of policies governing sustainable development of the sector”.

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Cut flower exports grow by 11.7 per cent during the first Quarter of 2015

The cut flower exports rose by 11.7 per cent during the first Quarter of 2015. This is according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. This was a remarkable growth for the industry that has endured many challenges in the recent past. This calls for the Government to continue creating a conducive environment for doing business.

On the other hand, the vegetable exports declined by 3.3 per cent from 16.6 thousand metric tonnes to 16.1 thousand metric tonnes during the same period.

The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector expanded by 4.4 per cent compared to 2.2 per cent in 2014 first quarter. This growth was reflected in the increased use of agricultural inputs during the quarter. Increased demand for fertilizer, a key input for agriculture sector, was the most notable as reflected by its import which grew by 18.4 per cent from 224.6 thousand metric tonnes in first quarter 2014 to 265.9 thousand metric tonnes during the first quarter 2015.

Tea production and coffee sales declined by 27.2 per cent and 8.6 per cent, respectively. The fall in tea production is attributed to inadequate rains and frost that was reported in some tea zones. However, export of tea increased by 7.2 per cent to 117.8 thousand metric tonnes during the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same quarter of 2014. Tea and coffee generated an estimated value of KSh 31.3 billion from exports during the review quarter compared to KSh 27.7 billion during the same period in 2014. The high tea prices that prevailed led to high export earnings during the first quarter of 2015 driven by increased demand and low global production of the crop.

Generally, the first quarter of 2015 experienced relative stability in key macroeconomic indicators. The Kenya Shilling strengthened significantly against all its major trading currencies but depreciated by 6.0 per cent against the US dollar. The country's economic performance improved to 4.9 per cent compared to a growth of 4.7 per cent realized in the same quarter of 2014.

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Delegation from Italy to visit Kenya

A delegation from Italy led by the President of MACFRUT Italy Mr. Renzo Pieraccini and the Italian Minister for Agriculture Mr. Maurizio Martina will make a four day official visit to Kenya between Monday, June 22 and Thursday, June 25 2015.

The delegation will meet with Kenyan business entrepreneurs and hold discussion on MACFRUT 2015. The flowers, fruits and vegetable show is scheduled to take place from 23rd to 25th September 2015 at Rimini Expo Centre, Italy. Other members of the delegation shall include the Italian Ambassador to Kenya, Chairman of the International Development Centre – San Marino, and the President of the International Development Centre – San Marino.

According to Mr. Renzo Piraccini, they expect a turnout of about 40,000 participants, a significant increase compared to last year's edition, which reached about 25,000 participants.

 

Alternative Dispute resolution framework in tax launched

Alternative Dispute resolution framework in tax launched

The Kenya Revenue Authority on Wednesday launched an alternative dispute resolution framework in tax. In March of 2015, KRA started a new division to provide an alternative avenue for dispute resolution other than the court process.

This framework seeks to improve on the Internal Dispute Resolution Mechanism (IDRM) by providing the appropriate structures and introducing Alternative Dispute resolution (ADR) as a means of resolving disputes.

Speaking during the launch, Commissioner General KRA, John Njiraini said the ADR mechanism will reduce the cost of litigation on both KRA and the tax payer, therefore providing value for money, enhance service delivery, trust and facilitation between KRA and tax payers, entrench confidentiality and encourage compliance.

KRA has also developed an audit governance framework aimed at providing more transparency and efficiency in the audit and investigation functions, in an effort to improve and enhance their role of facilitating business.

The framework will make audits specific or issue based, eliminate multiple audits, having objective case selection system which is independent from audit execution and ensure that audits are concluded on time.

KFC to hold the 17th Annual General meeting

KFC to hold the 17th Annual General meeting

The Kenya Flower Council will hold her 17th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 3.00 pm at Serena Hotel, Nairobi. In attendance will be the producer and associate members of the Kenya Flower Council. Members are confirming their attendance with the KFC secretariat.

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement signed

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement signed

The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) agreement was signed during the 3rd Meeting of the Tripartite Summit of Heads of State and Government held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The TFTA brings together COMESA, EAC and SADC regions bringing into reality the vision and inspiration of the Abuja Treaty to have one African market.

The signing of the TFTA has created the largest trading bloc of 26 Member States in Africa, with a combined population of about 625 million people and a gross domestic product of over US 1.6 trillion. This constitutes over half of Africa’s population as well as economic activity. It is expected that the TFTA will enhance intra-regional trade - which at the moment stands at about 12 percent, resolve the challenges of multiple memberships, as well as instigate the path to the Continental Free Trade Area which is expected to be launched on June 15, 2015.

The meeting also adopted the roadmap that will give guidance and mandate for completion of outstanding issues under Phase I and launched Phase II of the negotiations which covers trade in services, and trade related issues such as Intellectual Property Rights, Trade Development and Competitiveness, Competition policy.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers where KFC is a Member attended the event.

 

IPM Dubai 2015

IPM Dubai 2015

The 10th edition of IPM Dubai 2015 will be held in Dubai from 5th -7th October 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. IPM is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority & Chairman of Dubai Airports.

IPM is the Middle East’s regional platform whereby exhibitors will display beautiful plants and flowers, plant technology i.e. techniques of growing, floristry, garden features, ornamental gardening, plants logistics, plants maintenance (chemicals), seeds etc.

The visitors expected in the show include Plant producers, Horticultural enterprises, Florists, Flower wholesalers and retailers, Importers / exporters, Medium size large scale retail distribution, Trading groups amongst others

Japanese delegation to visit Kenya

Japanese delegation to visit Kenya

Following a successful business forum in Tokyo on March 16, 2015 led by HE president Uhuru Kenyatta, the Kenya embassy in Tokyo are organizing a delegation from Japan to visit Kenya from 18th to 20th August 2015.

A business forum will be held giving an opportunity for leading members of the Japanese business community to get a briefing on the business environment in Kenya and on the other hand for interact for business consultations with Kenyan business community.

Preparatory meetings on the same have kicked off at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. We will keep you updated on the progress.

Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair

Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair

The Central Kenya Agri-Business Africa Trade Fair is scheduled to take place on August 7-8, 2015. The farmers’ Expo will focus on the Central region of Kenya and the greater Nairobi metropolis.

Agriculture is the back bone of Central Kenya’s economy. The region is blessed with good weather, reliable rainfall and good soils that support the growth of a number of cereals, pulses, coffee and fruits and vegetables. Central Kenya region is the leading producer of fruits, vegetables and flowers for local consumption and export.

The Trade Fair is aimed at improving agricultural productivity, improve quality and expand markets of produce from the Central Kenya region and its environs.

It covers the production and post-harvest for horticulture, dairy, poultry and other livestock, coffee, tea and cereals

Organized in partnership with the Horticulture Research Institute Thika, the event targets the following counties: Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Meru, Embu, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Laikipia and Machakos.

This will provide an opportunity to the players in the agriculture value chain to reach out to farmers by exhibiting. The exhibitors will include suppliers of equipment, packaging, agrochemicals , services to the agriculture industry; food processors; exporters and packers; Government agencies, NGOs and foreign missions involved in the agriculture value chain.

Apart from the partnership with the HRI, the organizers are also in talks with a number of county and national Government agencies, trade associations and farmers groups that will ensure that attendees get an all-round view of the solutions that are available for them in the country.

For more info on the event visit: www.agribusinessafrica.net