January 2011 Issue 2

The meaning and symbolism of alstroemeria

Resembling a miniature lily, alstroemeria, often called the Peruvian Lily or Lily of the Incas, was named after its discoverer, Baron Claus von Alstromer, a Swedish baron who collected the seeds on a trip to Spain in 1753.

Today, this popular flower can be found in a range of colors – from white to golden yellow, orange to apricot, pink to red, lavender and purple. Symbolizing friendship and devotion, the alstroemeria’s leaves grow upside down, with the leaf twisting as it grows out from the stem, so that the bottom is facing upwards – much like the twists, turns and growth of our friendships.

January-September (2010) Horticulture Exports

Overall horticulture exports in the first six months of 2010 improved marginally; by 1% and 7% in quantity and value respectively. This could be due to the ash cloud above Europe during the month of April which reduced exports into the continent.

The quantity of exports during the July- September 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.

January – September 2010 Horticultural Exports (Quantity in ‘000’ Tonnes and Value in Million US$)

2009                            2010                            % Change

Product          Qty      Value              Qty      Value             Qty                  Value

Flowers            87.1     333.1               87.6     316.8               0.5                  -4.89

Fresh

Vegetables      53.2     154.5               54.7     157.5               2.8                   1.94

Dried

Vegetables      2.3      1.8                   41.2     29.1                 1,691.3            1,516.6

Nuts                 21.8     12.2                 9.6       18.3                 -55.96              50

Fruits               27.8     24.2                26.7     25.3                 -3.95               4.54

Processed

Vegetables      14.5     25.0                 18.5     30.6                 27.5                22.4

Not specified 3.4     36.8                     3.8       38.9                   9.6                   5.7

Processed

Miraa              1.5       17.3                 1.3       12.0                 -14.4               -30.5

Processed

Fruits               56.1     17.3                 1.3       12.0                 -13.3                -30.6

Total               267.7   622.2               244.7   640.5               -8.59                -2.94

Kordes Roses Open day is here!

Kordes Roses East Africa will hold their open day on Friday 28th January 2011 at their green house in Karen.  Since its inception 27 years ago, Kordes Roses holds the event every year for the growers to see new varieties in their testing facility.

All breeding is done centrally at the main company in Northern Germany. The selection process is rapidly tried out in regional test facilities across the world. The test facility in Karen has modern controlled-condition facilities.

Their irrigation system is computerized and this has led to more efficient and better production. Their greenhouses are also climate controlled where by they are able to get most out of their flowers more especially on production and quality.  This has also improved performance.

National water harvesting and storage policy

Arising from the deliberations of the Prime Minister’s Round Table meeting, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation has developed the National Water Harvesting and Storage Policy

This is therefore to invite for your input and send them to the Ministry of Water & Irrigations on waterstorage@water.go.ke in order to be incorporated in the final document ahead of the validation process. To get the draft policy kindly contact KFC on kfc@wananachi.com.

The objectives of the Policy are;

  • To provide a framework for expansion of infrastructure for national water storage capacity from the current 124 Mm3 to 4.5 Bm3 to ensure an increase in per capita storage from 5.3m3 to 16m3 over the next ten years.
  • To improve participation in planning, financing and investment by communities, development partners, NGOs, PPPs, and other stakeholders’ contributions.
  • To create an enabling environment for the participation of farmers and/or land owners, water user groups, and all water sector stakeholders in planning, implementation and management of water harvesting, storage and flood infrastructure.
  • To enhance flood mitigation preparedness in affected areas.
  • To build human resource capacity to enhance innovation, research, science and technology, adoption and management of water harvesting and storage systems and flood control structures.
  • To enhance stakeholders-driven multi-sectoral approach to sustainable water harvesting and storage systems and flood control structures, as well as expansion and protection of water catchment areas.
  • To ensure integrated coordination of stakeholder activities for development of water harvesting, storage and flood control infrastructure.
  • To establish responsive institutional, legal, and regulatory framework for water harvesting, storage and flood control.

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