February Issue 4 2011

International Flower Days March and April 2011

2011 Event / Holiday Country

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

3 Mother’s Day UK, Northern Ireland
17 Palm Sunday Denmark, France, Portugal, Sweden, USA
21 Secretary’s Day Belgium, France, Netherlands
22 Good Friday
23 St. George Day Romania
23 San Jordi Day Spain
24 Orthodox Easter Greece, Russia, Ukraine
24-25 Easter
25 Liberation Day Italy
25 Liberty Day Portugal
27 Liberation Day Slovenia
27 Administrative Professional’s Day USA
29 Emperor Showa Day Japan
30 Queen’s Birthday Netherlands
30 Walpurgis Night Finland, Sweden
International Shows
World Floral Expo Miami Show 8th -10th March 2011 United States of America Double Tree Miami Mart/Airport Hotel & “MACC” Convention Center Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Hortiflora Ethiopia 23rd – 25th March 2011 Millenium Hall, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Cut Flowers & Ornamentals
The Harrogate Spring Flower Show
14-17 April 2011 Great Yorkshire Showground
North Yorkshire
Flowers & HorTech Ukraine
12-14 April 2011. Ukraine Cut flowers and ornamental
World Horticultural Expo Floride 2012 April 2012 – mid October 2012 Velno Netherlands Horticultural Products

KEPHIS – USAID sponsored plant Quarantine station laboratory in Muguga officially inaugurated

The KEPHIS- USAID sponsored plant Quarantine station laboratory has officially been inaugurated. The 700sq meter facility has been equipped with modern computerized analytical equipments which will be used for analysis of anamatology, biological control, bacteriology, mycology, virology, molecular biology, tissue culture ad nematology.
Speaking during the launch, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Dr. Romano Kiome CBS, the official chief guest, reiterated government commitment to concluding the EAC EU EPA negotiations in time. He indicated that government has released the necessary funds from the exchequer to add impact to the process.
He also said that agriculture sector earns 51% of the GDP out of which 14% is from the horticulture industry. It is expected that this will grow from the current Kshs 250 million to 500 million in five years.
According to Dr. James Onsando, the laboratory is part of a wider set of activities under the Kephis- Usaid Pest Risk Analysis project with an objective of capacity building and development of comprehensive pest lists.
He added that the centre has been designated in the regional reference laboratory for by COMESA and it will serve as centre of excellence for Sanitary and Phytosanitary SPS technical matters related to plant health. Compliance is important at regional level to Kenya in order to secure its current market share but also to expand.
The industry recognized the role of Kephis as an effective service provider. It mentioned with appreciation that due to the capacity build at Kephis, clearance of fresh produce takes between 6-10 hours to clear at the point of entry; a big plus for value addition through quality maintenance of produce.
KFC congratulate Kephis on this achievement.

Valentine’s Day Sales Quite Satisfactory
By: FloraHolland
Looking at the comparison table of the nine years auctions sales results one can conclude that Valentine’s Day 2011 was indeed better than the two previous years, but not a very special one, when compared to 2003 – 2008. Anyhow, the years 2004 through 2007 were considerably better in prices and turnover.
According to the rose survey, it is obvious that quantities of big roses increase every year while prices are decreasing. This maybe has to do with the fact that the share of imported big roses increased to about 65% in 2011; imported roses gain lower prices than the Dutch product.
At the same time, small rose varieties are stable in supply since 2007 after considerably shrinking during the years 2003 – 2006. Yet prices of small roses for Valentine’s Day market are in downward trend. About 98% of the small and medium roses are imported.
Still, roses and tulips are bestsellers in Valentine’s market especially their red varieties. These products kept the same level of quantity and price as last year. However, some Dutch red rose varieties obtained extremely high prices. The top price was for the best Red Naomi which made the clock stop at €4.30 (!). Most Red Naomi were €1.70 – €1.80/stem, and Grand Prix received prices of around €1 per stem up to €1.35 on Friday, 11 February. Average large rose price for week 6 was €0.41, some +4.5% more than the same week last year.
Some other products got very good prices, while their supply was lower than last year. Examples: Aster – €0.25/stem = +34% higher than in 2010; Anthurium (0.65 = +23%); Gypsophila (0.25 = +66%); Limonium (0.29 = + 44%); Ornithogalum (0.20 = +47%); Veronica (0.22 = +45%), and more.
As usual, some products got lower price than last year. Among them: Delphinium, Eustoma, Helianthus/Sun-Flower, Hypericum, Leucadendron, Rose Spray, and Trachelium.

Indications from the USA show that prices for imported roses were considerably higher than last year. This was mainly as a result of lower supply caused by bad weather in Colombia and Ecuador. Prices of other flowers were lower with some over-supply of gypsophila and carnations.
Right after the Valentine’s Day sales, on Monday 14 February, rose supply was extremely high; probably as result of late arrival of some import shipments on Thursday the 10th, which missed the holiday sales and left over for the following week. So, rose prices were low on Monday. However, they were stabilized on a fair level from Tuesday the 15th and on. Yet, red roses fetched extremely high prices, due to low supply just after the holiday.
And now, the market is heading toward the next important ‘Flower day’ – the International Woman’s Day, on 8 March. The Carnival Days this year are at the same time with Woman’s Day; so there is a good chance to avoid the negative effect on the flower market.

Expectations for Woman’s Day sales in Russia and Eastern Europe are high. Demand from the east is expected to be so high that it probably will exceed the volumes that can be transported by the available trucks, say some traders.

Uganda to Start Export of Local Flower Species

The Uganda Floricultural Association is set to pilot the export of local flowers to European markets, the association’s Chairperson, Ms. Harriet Ssali has said.
Speaking during a two-day flower exhibition in Kampala, Ms. Ssali said plans are underway to export the first batch into the international markets for a trial.
“UFA is now embarking on the task of getting potential buyers in the European market where in this very month of February, we shall conduct a commercial trial shipment and obtain insights on the quality aspects as well as getting feedback from potential buyers in Europe,” Ms. Ssali said.

“This will surely give us suggestions on improvements and an indication of which products are most viable to scale up to the required export volumes.”
Uganda currently grows and exports flowers of foreign origin like roses to European markets mainly the Netherlands. With the support of the government of the Netherlands, Ms. Ssali said the flowers, which have over the years grown naturally, have already been identified for commercial value include: tuberose, arabicum and eryngium. These grow in areas of Mpigi, Masaka, Mukono, Karamoja, Wakiso and some parts of western Uganda.
Uganda’s flower earnings have been dwindling over the past two years following the economic crisis that hit most of the European markets. The industry’s export revenue predictions for 2009 for instance were Shs68.2 billion out of the 7,000 tonnes shipped. In 2008, the country exported close to 6,556 tonnes valued at $34 million (USh66.3 billion).

Source: Allafrica.com => The Monitor Kampala

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