January 2011 Issue 4

Tambuzi’s Solar light project changing employees livelihoods

Tambuzi limited a flower farm based in Nanyuki and also a member of Kenya Flower Council does everything that helps rebuild a society. They listen to their employees needs and offer options that suit, providing everything from comprehensive scented roses to the smallest solar lighting lamp. They are determined to work hard in order to help restore everyday life and a fully functional society.
Together with White Rose Foundation Tambuzi has come up with a solar lighting project aiming at helping their employees in the farm. White Rose Foundation buy flowers from Kenya and for every stem of rose bought, they give back a certain percentage to the employees of the grower.
According to Maggie Hobbs a Director in Tambuzi in 2010 the premium of Kshs 525,000 was collected and together with the staff committee they requested the employees to send their proposal on how they would want the money to be used. After serious deliberations, they prepared a questionnaire which was given to all the employees to feel.
They solar lighting project emerged to be the most urgent and they were able to buy a solar lighting lamp with four bulbs and cable that can be used to charge a phone and also listen to radio.
The lighting lamp has saved the employees from buying kerosene which was very expensive and their school going kids can now study and do their homework at ease. According to Bethwel Mutiso an employee in the farm, the project has helped them a great deal owing to the fact that they now have some cash in their pockets which they used to spend in buying kerosene. This has also saved time for them since they don’t have to walk far to buy the product.
Tambuzi do not limit themselves to a set number of services. On the contrary; No need is too significant and no assignment is too small for their dedicated and skilled team. Nothing is impossible and they constantly adapt themselves to the staff need.
They know what to do, with whom to do it: why, how, where and when to do it. But more important is that they constantly try to learn more keeping their eyes on innovative reconstruction assistance solutions.
They take into account their employees requirements and the challenges they face
No matter the problem, no matter the circumstances, they won’t let them down.

Profarm Africa Limited Joins KFC Associate Membership

PROFARM AFRICA LTD a medium sized agribusiness company serving small and medium scale farmers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda is now an associate member of Kenya Flower Council. KFC has now a total of 54 associate members who are involved in the flower sector through flower imports, provision of farm inputs and other affiliated services.

Under the leadership of Mr. Kimaru Kagwe, the Managing Director, Profarm core business is importation, branding, marketing, sales and distribution of agricultural chemicals and water soluble speciality fertilizers. Their goal is to provide effective, environmentally safe agricultural products that positively impact African farmers and focusing on crops like coffee, grains and horticulture. They deliver high quality agricultural products and brands; selected or acquired from international and national manufacturers and sold at reasonable and fair prices.
The company’s social responsibility programmes and activities focus on sustainable agriculture, sports and protection of the environment.
Their essence statement… “We are different, focused, unique and we respect our customers, suppliers, employees and all other stakeholders.

The following are some of their agricultural products and brands;

A) Agricultural Chemicals
• AlfaGOLD 100EC (Alphacypermethrin 100g/l), insecticides for insect pests in french beans, fruit bearing crops and vegetables.
• Profarm 2,4-D ( 720g/l 2,4-D salt), a weed killer for the control of broad leaved weeds in maize, sorghum, wheat, barley, rice, coffee, pastures and lawns.
• Champflo SC= BLUE COPPER ( a superior and premium liquid copper hydroxide formulation for bacterial blights control in horticultural crops.)
• Clinic 480 SL (Glyphosate 480 g/l salt), a post emergence, non selective and systemic knockdown herbicide for control of grasses and broad leaf weeds in tea, sugarcane, coffee, wheat and maize crops.
• Farmathoate 40 EC ( Dimethoate 40%w/v –Blue), a contact and systemic organophosphorus insecticide and acaricide for control of sucking, biting and chewing pests in coffee, grains, and vegetables.
B) Water Soluble Speciality Fertilizers
• PROFARM FOLIA + (NPK 26-6-12 + 2%MgO + T.E)= premium formula for vegetative growth stages of horticulture, wheat, rice, barley and maize.
• Profarm CALMAG ( calcium and magnesium liquid solution for coffee and horticultural crops)
• Profolia GOLD ( special blend for coffee and fruit bearing crops )
• Profolia POTA ( superior blend for flowering and fruiting stages in horticultural crops)
• SANGRASS (premium zero phosphorous fertilizer specially designed for pastures, lawns, golf course fairways and greens)
• SANORGANIK ( organic soil conditioner and plant growth regulator)
• Mairol (special for early and late stages of vegetative growth in floriculture and high value crops)
• HORTAL (special composition for early and late stages of flowers and fruit development in high value crops)
• Potmag-S (potassium, magnesium and sulphur in a balanced ration for plant growth and development in coffee, fruits and vegetable crops)

Nice Start for 2011
By Flower Focus
The first two days of 2011 in FloraHolland’s auctions were as poor as the last days of 2010. Too many flowers met too little demand, since the trade was still stuck with unsold flowers from the poor, icy week before the New Year holidays. However, as from Wednesday of week 1 the market gradually ‘took off’, since the weather improved, and trade life came ‘back to normal’.
Since then, prices and quantities in the auctions are much better than in January last year, which was extremely cold.
Reports from the various markets are generally positive. The tension toward the approaching Valentine’s Day is already ‘in the air’. Unlike some previous years, there were some signals for early orders and willingness to take commitments in advance. Probably signs for optimism.

Market at FloraHolland according to traders

The prices in week 2 were higher than in the beginning of week 1. Prices of all main flower sorts were higher in week 2, like rose, chrysanthemum, gerbera and tulip. The prices of the Kenyan middle sized roses length 4 were 9 cents/stem, while this was 6 cents last week. Length 5 were 13 cents (9 cents last week) and length 6 were 16 cents (12 cents last week). The high-end roses were 10 to 12 cents more expensive than last week. Passion length 6 could be bought for 35 cents/stem and the Red Ribbon for 27 – 28 cents/stem.

The expectations of traders are that prices will at least retain the level of week 2; most likely the prices will be a bit higher, following the upward trend.

Veiling Rhein-Maas Officially Open
Veiling Rhein-Maas has been officially opened in Straelen-Herongen. With one push of a symbolic button, the eight auction clocks were officially brought into use by the Chairmen of the Cooperative Board and Management Board, together with the Veiling Rhein-Maas Management Board. Veiling Rhein-Maas came about through a joint venture between the Dutch FloraHolland and the German Landgard. The new entity is a merger of the Herongen, Lüllingen and Venlo auctions. More than 550 guests, including growers, buyers, employees and business relations, were present to witness this special moment.
Successful Transnational Collaboration
Henning Schmidt, Langard’s General Manager appreciated that the EU region was truly alive at Veiling Rhein-Maas in Herongen, where transnational collaboration is the topic of almost every discussion. “I view the auction as the true driving force behind the economic growth in the Euregion, where horticulture is booming business,” added Schmidt. Timo Huges, FloraHolland’s General Manager, emphasized the collaboration’s success, which is already visible. “I am proud to be able to introduce the auctioning system that has been FloraHolland’s DNA for 100 years to this joint venture with Langard, so that Veiling Rhein-Maas can operate optimally for growers and buyers. This joint venture is truly reinforcing the EU region,” said Huges.
Politicians Enthusiastic As Well
Two political representatives from both countries were present during the official opening: Johannes Remmel, the Minister for Climate Protection, Environment, Agriculture, Nature Conservation and Consumer Protection of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and Kees van Rooij, Mayor of the Municipality of Horst aan de Maas and member of the national control group Greenport Nederland. Both spoke on behalf of both boarder regions, and stated that they would be pleased to contribute politically towards reinforcing the position of the Euregion as an economic spearhead. With the Floriade coming in 2012, this region will be the focus of attention of the entire horticultural world. They view Veiling Rhein-Maas as a strong, unifying marketplace which will contribute towards this blossoming and exciting sector’s continuing expansion.
Veiling Rhein-Maas
Veiling Rhein-Maas not only runs daily clock auctions, but also exploits a large-scale, modern marketplace, including supporting services. This is where the supply of, and demand for, ornamental plants and flowers come together efficiently. Joining the forces of these two business cultures has created a unique market place at the heart of the EU region. In the German area of the EU region, it is the only auction. This transnational collaboration has reinforced the floriculture cluster in the entire EU region. Ruud Knorr and Franz-Willi Honnen together form the Board Veiling Rhein-Maas.

Facts & Figures of Veiling Rhein-Maas
– 608 buyers’ seats in 1 auction room
– 8 auction clocks
– 4,000 suppliers
– 2,300 traders
– 450,000 auction trolleys of flowers per year
– Approx. 1.3 million CCs of plants per year
– Over 5 million transactions
– 10 kilometers of chain track
– 170,000m² of floor space

New: The Dutch Lily Days!
The Lily now has its own event: the Dutch Lily Days! Fifteen renowned lily breeders and bulb exporters will open their doors from Tuesday May 24th through Saturday May 28th 2011. All events that usually are spread all over the year will now be held together. The Dutch Lily Days offers an opportunity to visit all participating companies and view the entire Lily assortment.
The Netherlands is among the largest producers of Lily bulbs and flowers in the world. Worldwide, Lilies from the Netherlands have a great reputation. Flower growers in many countries grow varieties of Dutch origin. Consumers enjoy the colors and scents of these often unique species.
Under the banner The Dutch Lily Days, fifteen of the largest companies joined hands: Van den Bos Flowerbulbs, Bot Flowerbulbs, De Jong Lelies, Lily Company, Mak Breeding, Marklily, Onings Holland Flowerbulbs, The Originals, C. Steenvoorden, G.A. Verdegaal, Gebr. Vletter & Den Haan, VWS Export – Import of Flowerbulbs, World Breeding, Zabo Plant and Van Zanten Flowerbulbs.
All varieties are simultaneously in bloom in hybridizing and trial greenhouses.

Mersin 6th International Agriculture & Horticulture Fair on 3 – 6 March 2011

Mersin will be the host for Mersin 6th International Agriculture & Horticulture Fair on 3 – 6 March 2011. Around 30.000 international and domestic visitors will be expected to the exhibition.
PRODUCTS TO BE EXHIBITED:

– Greenhouses and equipments
– Agricultural Products
– Agriculture Machinery, Packaging Machineries, Equipment and Tools
– Drip Irrigation Systems
– Fertilizers and Plant Protection
– Livestock Farming & Poultry
– Feed
– Seed
– Nurseries
– Organic Agriculture
– Animal Health & Veterinarian Services
– Fishery and Fishery Equipments
– Horticulture, Cut Flower, Gardening

For more information contact Mr. Eren BALAMIR on eren@forzafuar.com.tr or +90 312 446 08 22 / Ext: 127

Flower days in February and March 2011

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

March 2011

 Saint David’s Day 1 UK
 Doll’s Festival 3 Italy
 Grandmother’s Day 9 Belgium, France
 Carnival (Non-flower days) 6,7,8 Western Europe
 Rose Monday 7 Germany
 International Woman’s Day 8 Mainly Russia, East Europe, & Italy
 White Day 14 Italy
 National holiday 15 Hungary
 St. Patrick’s Day 17 UK, Northern Ireland, USA
 Father’s Day Italy, 19 Portugal
 San Jose 19 Spain
 Spring Equinoix 21 Italy

Heard about yips?
BY Dr Alex Mutabazi
We have all had moments when we get nervous breakdowns especially when we need to rise up to the occasion. School students sometimes exhibit this kind of tension during exams; actors get stage fright before an audience and sportsmen may get the yips when competition is high.
The yips refer to unintentional muscle movements especially when sportsmen need to perform maneuvers that require precision. These involuntary muscle movements usually occur in small muscles and are called muscle spasms. It affects players of various sports like cricket, darts and golf and is sometimes a reason that sportsmen end their professional careers.
In golf, yips are characterized by muscle spasms or twitches when golfers are attempting to putt. Because of the distraction caused by the shaking in the wrist and hands, this inevitably necessitates more strokes than are needed for an average 18 hole score. This is common when playing big tournaments or playing against very competitive or seemingly top players in the game. Research has shown that almost 50 % of golfers have experienced the yips. Some of the factors that may increase the probability of a golfer acquiring the yips are:
• Excessive use of certain muscles: it goes without saying that golfers with more experience are more at risk than those with less experience
• Players with a lower handicap
• The elderly: This may be because of biochemical changes in the brain as one grows older
Although the exact cause of yips has not been ascertained, the etiology is graded as being either neurological or psychological:-
Neurological cause: The most probable theory is that of focal dystonia. This is a condition that is characterized by uncontrolled contractions of a muscle or group of muscles due to misfiring of neurons in the brain. Consistent use of a particular set of muscles (for example in the hands and wrists of golfers) and anxiety are said to make it worse.
Psychological cause: Anxiety while under pressure may interrupt concentration and disrupt co-ordination which makes the problem worse.
Treatment I wouldn’t recommend any medication for yips; the problem may accrue to the mind and a few behavioral changes may do the trick:
• Since the consistent use of a particular group of muscles is an aggravating factor, changing one’s grip while putting may help. Try and hold the club in a way that will relax the hand and wrist muscles which would otherwise be tensed up.
• A longer putter can help in achieving the above by employing the arm muscles and easing up on the hand a wrist muscles.
• Any of the well known stress and anxiety relieving techniques could be used to relax ones muscles and mind. These may include relaxation techniques like massages.

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