Monthly Archives: July 2013

EPA UPDATES

Concerned about sentiments attributed to MPs expressing disaffection with the EPAs, the private sector will be meeting members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Regional Integration and Departmental Committee on Defense and Foreign Relations on Thursday 1st August 2013 from … Continue reading

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Trade Union Agency Fees

Agency fee is a new concept in Kenya having been introduced by the Labour Relations Act, 2007.   The concept of deducting agency fees has not been quite understood, and according to FKE, it is one of those things that appear … Continue reading

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From The National Task Force on Horticulture (NTH) Strategy to Sustain and Accelerate Growth of the Horticulture

The National Task Force on Horticulture (NTH) provides a platform for addressing challenges that are multi-sectoral in nature. During the national taskforce on horticulture meeting of 25th November 2011 a number of presentations were made by key taskforce members from … Continue reading

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ISO/KEBS TO HOLD WORKSHOP AND KICK OFF MEETING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT AND ISO 14067

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in conjunction with Kenya Bureau of Standards will be hosting a kick-off meeting and a workshop from 29th July to 3rd August 2013, on the Life Cycle Assessment-based on the Carbon Footprint Standards, recently approved … Continue reading

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Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2013

  This year’s Naivasha Horticultural Fair is scheduled to take place from Friday 20th to Saturday 21st September 2013. As usual the fair will be held at Naivasha Sports Club. The Naivasha Horticultural Fair attracts visitors that include senior representatives … Continue reading

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Europe should change sample rule’

Horticulture farmers in Kenya want Europe to cancel its rule that 10 percent of  horticulture products for export should be tested. The rule has severely curtailed earnings, according to the stakeholders. They claim that it has reduced trade volumes with … Continue reading

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Fleurostar Award for Syngenta’s new gerbera

Fleuroselect, the international organisation for ornamental plants, has just announced that its FleuroStar Award for 2013/2014 goes to Gerbera jamesonii Cartwheel® Strawberry Twist, a creation of Syngenta Flowers. The winner was announced at the annual Fleuroselect Gala dinner, held in … Continue reading

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Uganda: Shortage of flower experts

Uganda’s flower sector faces an imminent shortage of experts now that Bukalasa Agricultural College in Luweero has phased out a diploma course in floriculture. The program started in 2007 with financial help from the Dutch government to fill the gap … Continue reading

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Project on the uptake and use of IS0 26000 on Social Responsibility in East Africa

On 9th November 2012 in Geneva, ISO–the International Organization for Standardization, in collaboration with the CEOs for National Standards Bodies (NSB) for East Africa launched the project on the Uptake and Use of ISO 26000 on Social Responsibility in East … Continue reading

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East Africa close to a trade agreement with Europe

The East African Community is close to concluding the long-awaited Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) with the European Union. During a visit to Kenya last week, EU Trade Commissioner Karel   De Gucht said both regions have settled on most issues paving … Continue reading

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