July Issue 1 2017

Kenya Flower Council Friday Notice Board

with our ears close to the ground keeping you informed

The Kenya Horticultural Council officially launched

The Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC) has officially been launched in a colourful event held on July 21, 2017 at Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi. KHC is mandated to champion the Kenya horticulture 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. It will support the industry to comply with various international market standards and will be at the forefront in the implementation of the horticulture standards for flowers and ornamentals as outlined in KS 1758 Part 1 and fruits and vegetables in KS 1758 Part 2 Established in 2016 the KHC is an umbrella business membership organization formed by the leading horticultural trade Associations in Kenya namely the Kenya Flower Council and Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK).

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The Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme undergoes its Re-Assessment for Accreditation

One of the most effective lobby tools for the flower industry has been the compliance status of the industry in Kenya through the Kenya Flower Council Certification Scheme Quality System Accreditation to ISO / IEC 17065. In order to maintain its integrity, the Kenya Flower Council hosted Lead assessors from the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) from 24th to 26th July 2017.  The Council was undergoing a re-assessment on accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065, a standard for General Requirements for Bodies Operating Product and Services Certification Systems.  Read More

Part two of the KS1758 for fruits and vegetables launched

The Kenya horticulture standard KS1758 part II for fruits and vegetables has officially launched at a Pride Inn Hotel, Nairobi. This follows the successful launch of the KS 1758 part 1 for Flowers and Ornamentals Standard in 2015. The significance of this standard and the role it plays in the facilitation of flowers, fruits and vegetables export cannot be gainsaid. This standard is set to become mandatory for issuance of an export license.

The standard establishes a level playing field and facilitates market access.  The implementation of the Standard is a key activity under the Kenya Horticulture Council as a service to members for advocacy and market access. Read More

Flower Logistics Africa returns with perishables in tow; Nairobi to play host

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 11 October 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 12 October.

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). Read More

The World Expo Astana 2017 in Kazakhstan

The World Expo Astana 2017 in the city of Astana in Kazakhstan kicked off from June 10, 2017 and will end on September 10, 2017. Kenya will be participating in the expo that will be accommodated in the Africa Community Plaza. The Export Promotion Council (EPC) is spearheading preparatory activities for the Kenya participation.

Kenya plans to organize a Kenya week during the exposition to start on 28th August 2017. The Kenya national day will be held on August 28th while the business forum for Kazakhstan and Kenya business communities will be on August 29th. The delegation will be led by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Trade. Read More