January 2011 Issue1

ISSUE 1 January 2011

Special Flower Days in January and February 2011

January 2011

  • New year                                             1st
  • Epiphany                                             6th
  • Orthodox Christmas                             7th Ukraine
  • Coming of Ages Day                          10th Japan
  • Orthodox new year                             14th Ukraine
  • Martin Luther King’s Day                      17th USA
  • Grandmother’s Day                             21st Poland
  • Grandfather’s Day                               22nd    Poland

February 2011

  • Groundhog Day                                              2nd USA
  • Chinese New Year                               3rd
  • Day of Culture                                                 8th Slovenia
  • National Foundation Day                    11th Japan
  • Mother’s Day                                       13th Norway
  • Valentines day                                                 14th
  • Presidents day                                                 21st USA
  • Washington’s birthday                                     22nd USA
  • Defenders of the Fatherland’s Day      23rd Russia
  • Andalucia Day                                                28th Spain

KARI to Hold Flowers and Medicinal &Aromatic Plants (MAPs) APVC analysis workshop

Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) will hold a three days stakeholders’  workshop on   Flowers and Medicinal &Aromatic Plants (MAPs), Agricultural product value chain (APVC) analysis on 10th – 12th January 2011 at Lakeside Tourist Lodge, Naivasha.

The key note address will be the role of Flowers and MAPs in National Development by  Dr. Lusike Wasilwa, Assistant Director Horticulture and Industrial.

The workshop will highlight:

–        Floriculture and MAPS research and status of value chains in Kenya. This will cover the global and regional performance of Kenyan Flowers and MAPs, status of Roses, Carnations lilies, exotic summer flowers and MAPs production in Kenya, propagation of cuttings, production in new areas and interception flower due to pests and organic MAPS production.

–       Current initiatives to support flower and MAPs value chains for example opportunities for micro-propagation of MAPs and ornamentals, environmental concerns and natural resources management in floricultural production.

–       Marketing of floricultural products

–        post harvest handling,

–       Technology packaging, dissemination and credit facility.

–       Priority setting in product research.

Kenya Flower Council being one of the key stakeholders will participate in the workshop.

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FloraHolland to open a Regional Council Kenya

By: FLORAHOLLAND

In discussions this year with import growers the cooperative board of FloraHolland has decided to start up the process to install a regional council in Kenya.
The regional council is a sounding and advisory platform for the board to exchange information and discuss strategic topics in and around the cooperative with their members. In this case, it’s role is not a representative one, in which individual or regional interests can be served.

Regional councils are not new to FloraHolland. Currently they have 15 councils (‘regiobestuur’) in Holland, Belgium and Israel. Each council has it’s own meetings and three to four times per year they all join together with board and directors to discuss policy, strategy, new plans etcetera. The councils are also provided with information by FloraHolland. The meetings are chaired by one of the members. A FloraHolland representative takes the role of the secretary.

Currently Kenya has around sixty members from different production areas and in different sizes and product groups. The regional council Kenya will consist of a small group of 4 – 8 members.
Beginning January/February 2011, FloraHolland will send all members a further explanation about the regional council. Around March/April 2011 a delegation of the Board and Directors will come to Kenya to organize meetings to explain and discuss the further process. During that visit it is the intention to request four to eight members, from the region and on personal competencies, to sit down in the regional council. If successful in Kenya, FloraHolland will consider installing more regional councils in Africa.

July-September (2010) Horticulture Exports

Compiled by KHCP. Source: KRA Customs

The quantity of exports during the quarter increased by 40% compared to 2009.This was attributable to increased volumes of pulses and nuts. However the value increased marginally by 2%. The weakness of Kenya shilling towards other hard currency was noted.

July-August Horticultural Exports (Quantity in ‘000’ Tonnes and Value in Million US$)

2009                             2010                             % Change

Product            Qty      Value               Qty      Value              Qty                  Value

Flowers             27.5      102.5                27.9      82.7                  1.3                   -19.3

Fresh

Vegetables      18.0      53.9                  18.6      53.4                  3.2                    -1.0

Dried

Vegetables      1.3       1.0                    20.9      12.3                  1,563.3            1,170.8

Nuts                 1.6        3.4                    3.2        8.8                    103.1                155.0

Fruits                 7.0        7.0                   8.4        9.2                    20.0                 31.0

Processed

Vegetables      5.0        9.1                    8.0        12.7                  60.0                 38.6

Miraa               1.5       17.3                  1.3        12.0                  -14.4                -30.5

Processed

Fruits                 15.4      13.6                  19.6      20.6                  27.0                  51.5

Total                 77.3      207.9                107.9    211.6                39.5                  1.8

Source: KRA Customs and Compiled by KHCP

Floriculture

Generally, flowers had a marginal increase in quantity by 1.3% but value dropped by 19.3%. Cut flowers decreased by the biggest margin of 15% and 21% in both quantity and value respectively.

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables increased marginally by 3% in quantity compared to the same period of 2009. Asian vegetables dropped by 16% in quantity and 14% in value, and were mainly exported to UK and Netherlands. Fresh beans increased by 43% in quantity and 14% in value and were mainly exported to UK, Germany and France. Other leguminous vegetables excluding peas increased by a high margin in both quantity and value and were mainly exported to India (69%) and France (14%).

FAO launch an online Crop calendar

FAO launch an online Crop calendar

FAO has launched an online Crop calendar (database) that advises which crops to plant when, according to the type of agricultural zone from dry lands to highlands at http://www.fao.org/agriculture/seed/cropcalendar/welcome.do . It covers 43 major African countries and contains information on more than 130 crops, located in 283 agro-ecological zones.

The Crop Calendar provides information about sowing and planting seasons and agronomic practices of the crops grown by farmers in a particular agro-ecological zone.

It is a tool developed to assist farmers, extension workers, civil society and the private sector to be able to access and make available quality seeds of specific crop varieties for a particular agro-ecological zone at the appropriate sowing/planting season. It can be used by development-aid workers in the planning and implementation of seed relief and rehabilitation activities following natural or human-led disasters. Furthermore, the Crop Calendar can serve as a quick reference tool in selecting crop varieties to adapt to changing weather patterns accelerated by climate change.

The Crop Calendar database is being maintained at a regional level and is based on inputs from member countries.
In Brazil, once they had GIS based crop mapping, they then tied in the small scale farmer loan Community/ Sacco/ Coop banks to give preferential seed and input loans to farmers planting a suitable crop in the right place at the right time and made it harder to get loans otherwise. It reportedly improved productivity 60%. If the data is accurate and/or can be more comprehensive and ground truthed in each region, then this could be a useful next step. Equity and community bank in East Africa expressed interest.

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