April Issue 2 2012

Saint Petersburg Flower Exhibition

The international Flower exhibition in Saint Petersburg, Russia is scheduled to take place from 26th to 29th April 2012.  For Further information on the exhibition contacts:

The Manager

Exhibition Project

Expoforum cjsc

Yulia Illarionova

Tel/fax: +7 812 240 40 Ext. 227

Mobile. +7 912 334 08 48

E-mail: y.illarionova@expoforum.ru

Website: www.flowers.lenexpo.ru

Looking Forward with Optimism

Week 14 kept-on the ‘Easter momentum’ at the auctions, with prices slightly lower than week 13, but quite the same as in week 12. The positive gap vs. last year’s prices did continue (however, as mentioned already, April 2011 is not fairly comparable, because of the differences in the spring holidays’ dates).

The satisfactory results are the consequence of the weather – cooler for the season – throughout Europe. When the weather forecast for the holidays is wintry, people do not plan to go on vacation in the nature, and therefore they buy more flowers; either to decorate their homes for the holiday, or to provide a gift for their hosts, while visiting family or friends. Besides, the supplied quantities of Dutch flowers were lower than last year (when it was quite hot in Europe); another factor for higher prices.

Negative exceptions were with the group of flowering ‘bulb flower in pot’. Over-production in Holland caused low prices; the lowest in the last decade during this period.

Now the trade is looking forward to the Russian Easter (Sunday 15 April), and right thereafter the ‘Secretary Day’ in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands (Thursday 19 April); two events that usually cause some extra demand for flowers and plants.

The recent exchange rates of the Euro toward the Russian Ruble and the Brithish Pound are in favour of the Dutch exporters, encouraging their export to these countries. The German economy sounds some better lately, as well as positive expectations in the UK.

The weather forecast for the coming week in Holland is rainy and cool; The same for Germany. The combination of all these positive signs creates optimism among the Dutch traders as to the coming weeks.

Sources: FH prijsinfo wk 11 + FH Bolbloemen wk 13 + FloraHolland

Bayer Launches the New Rose Product Infinito.

Bayer Crop Science an associate member of the Kenya Flower Council officially launched the new Downy mildew product INFINITO SC at the Safari Park Hotel, 11th APRIL, 2012. KFC attended the event.

Infinito is formulated as Suspension Concentrate (SC) containing:

a.  Fluopicolide; 62.5 gram per litre –  Fluopicolide represents a new class of chemistry with a novel and unique mode of action with no cross resistance to other Oomycete fungicides.  It is very effective against a wide range of Oomycete (Phycomycete) diseases including downy mildews (Plasmopara, Pseudoperonospora, Peronospora,), late blight (Phytophthora) and various Pythium species.

b.  Propamocarb HCL; 625 gram per litre –  It disrupts the formation of fungal cell membranes. It also affects mycelial growth, spore production and spore germination of the fungi and has no cross resistance to fluopicolide or any other downy mildew product

In Kenya, Infinito is registered for the control of downy mildew in roses. it compliments Melody Duo (propineb & iprovalicarb), Previcur Energy (fosetyl-propomacarb), Verita (fenamidone & fosetyl), Aliette (fosetyl) and replace Previcur N which was dicontinued in 2011. The product has been extensively tested on various rose varieties grown in different regions in Kenya by the research mandated farms (Finlays & Oserian).

In collaboration with various farms, several FRTs were carried out on different varieties across different growing regions. From the studies and extensive grower in-house trials in Kenya, they proved that Infinito is harmless to biological control agents.

It has a good toxicological profile as follows:

w  Low acute toxicity

w  Not carcinogenic/mutagenic

w  No developmental or reproductive toxicity

w  Non-toxic to birds, bees and non target organisms (Typhlodromus, Aphidius, Earthworms)

w  Not toxic to aquatic organisms

Other characteristics

  • Product benefits: New mode of action, excellent protectant activity, translaminar and excellent antisporulant, consistent, better plant growth, excellent crop safety profile, better flower quality.
  • Application: foliar spray
  • Application rate: 1.2 – 1.5 Lt/ha (pH 7)
  • FRAC CODE: 28 + 43
  • WHO classification: III (Slightly hazardous)
  • Re-entry: 6 hrs

Activity on Downy Mildew

Infinito acts on all stages of the life cycle of downy mildew diseases:

w   Sporulation

w   Zoospore and cyst formation

w   Zoospore mobility

w   Cyst germination

w   Active on both direct and indirect germination of sporangia

w   Mycelium penetration into plant tissue

w   Mycelium growth

KCB contributes 25 million towards Kenya House in London

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group has contributed Kshs 25 million towards the country’s plan to a have a Kenya house in London, during the London Olympics 2012. The cheque was presented to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication Dr. Bitange Ndemo by the KCB Group Chief Executive Officer, Martin Otieno on 12th April 2012 at Serena Hotel.

The London Olympics will take place from 27th July to 12th August 2012. To leverage the unique opportunity provided by the Olympics, Kenya has organized to have a Kenya House in London. Kenya House is a great marketing opportunity and Kenya intends to leverage the sporting success to communicate the investment opportunities available in the various sectors. The ‘Kenya House’ will bring alive ‘A TOUCH OF KENYA’ See, touch, smell and feel Kenya

Mr. Otieno said KCB are delighted to be partnering with the Brand Kenya and Kenya Tourism Board in the Kenya House as this will be an exciting period for Kenya as will be celebrating with Team Kenya as it goes for gold medals.  In this case, KCB becomes the official bank associated with the Kenya House.

The PS asked the media and other stakeholders to work together with the Government in Branding Kenya. He invited the private sector to join in the Kenya house.

The Brand Kenya Chief Executive Officer, Mary Kimonye invited the public and  private sector to contribute to the set up of the ‘Kenya House’ where they would be able to showcase their products and services.

The Ministry of Information and Communication through the Brand Kenya Board has invited the Kenya Flower Council and her Members to participate in the Kenya House during the 2012 London Olympics.

The concept of Kenya House is built around the key sectors contributing to Kenya’s development.

1. Investment

2. Export products

3. Culture

4. Tourism

5. Citizens (Diaspora)

The events will be on thematic days in line with these sectors.

The venue for the Kenya house has already been identified as the East Themes which has over 3000 sq ft space. Mansion House which is the home and office of the Lord Mayor of the City of London will be the 2nd venue for the VIP dinner.

The Sponsorship packages range from 50 million to 10 million while booking for floor spaces ranges from 2.5 million to 5 million. With limited slots (20) available, allocations will be based on a first come first serve basis.

The Kenya House will presents a unique opportunity for both the Kenyan public and private sector Organizations to show case their products and services to the international market.

It’s estimated that there will be 7 million visitors to the sporting event as well as 13 million visitors to London.

The House will further present an opportunity to engage with Kenyans in Diaspora and show case products that are tailored made for this target audience. There are currently over 500,000 Kenyans in the UK and over 1 million in Europe and USA.

Those interested can contact Jacquie Muhati to discuss their level of participation via jacquie.muhati@brandkenya.go.ke : alternatively call 271 5237/2711262.

FKE upcoming Trainings

  1. 1. Training On Performance Management

When: 18th-20th April 2012

Venue: Red Court Hotel- South C, Nairobi

a) Target group

Senior Executives, HR Directors, HR Managers, HR Officers, Department Heads and other similar staff

b) Objectives

At the end of the training, it is expected that the participants will be able to:

  • Acquire improved skills in developing a performance management /appraisal system in their organizations;
  • Acquire improved skills in setting and assigning objectives, targets and standards to their subordinates;
  • Improve their skills in the art of appraising and managing the performance of their subordinates;
  • Carry out a reliable assessment of the performance of their subordinates using their organization’s performance appraisal tool.

c) Course Content

  • Introduction to Performance Management
  • Developing a Performance Management System
  • Setting Objectives, Targets and Standards
  • Appraising/ Measuring and Managing Performance
  • The Balanced Score Card

d) Fees

FKE Members Kshs. 40,500.00 + 16% VAT = 46,980.00 per participant

Non-FKE Members Kshs. 44,550.00 +16% VAT = 51,768.00 per participant

Kindly note KFC members are Members of FKE.

The fee will cover tuition, reading materials, lunch, tea/ coffee and a Certificate. The following discounts to both members and non members will be offered:

  • 3 nominees- 15%
  • 4 nominees- 20%
  • More than 4 nominees- 25% discount.

e) DIT

Please note that our DIT Registration number is DIT/TRN/81

For  a nomination form and more information or clarification, please contact Augustus Muthoka, Francis Kodhiambo or Gladys Kedera on Tel: 2721929/ 48/ 49/ 52; Fax: 2721990, 2720295

Email: amuthoka@fke-kenya.org; fkodhiambo@fke-kenya.org ; gkedera@fke-kenya.org

  1. 2. Workshop on Occupational Safety And Health For Osh Committee Members

When: – 17th – 20th APRIL 2012 (Eldoret- Venue To Be Announced)

–      8th– 11th May 2012 (Nairobi- Venue To Be Announced)

INTRODUCTION

Statistics indicate that at least 250 million occupational accidents occur every year worldwide, of which 335,000 are fatal. The cost of industrial accidents and other work related illnesses, injuries and deaths is quite substantial and could be avoided if both employers and employees exercised due diligence at all times.

As the country works towards achieving vision 2030, Occupational Safety and Health must become an issue of strategic priority and an integral part of management-employee commitment. Enterprise are dynamic and operation- based. Safety and health for workers and customers is a strategic undertaking that must be adhered to all the time in within the company’s sphere of control. It is for this that the Federation is privileged to offer its service to train OSH Committees members.

OBJECTIVES OF THE TRAINING

  • To empower OSH Committee Members with new aspects of Occupational Safety and Health Act 2007,
  • To impart and provide practical skills towards practical practices on effective OSH planning, organization, implementation, evaluation hazard prevention and other safe work practices
  • To appreciate healthy workplace dynamics
  • To appreciate the need to match accrued benefits from effective OSH programmes in the workplace

TRAINING CONTENTS

The course content is as per the Safety and Health Committees curriculum:

  • Safety and Health Management
  • Health and Safety Committee rules
  • Occupational accidents
  • Personal protective equipments (PPE)
  • Safe work procedures
  • Work place inspection techniques
  • Occupational Safety
  • Machinery Safety
  • Construction Safety
  • Plant Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Electrical Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Workplace Health Hazards
  • Methods of controlling workplace hazards
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Stress at work
  • First Aid Management
  • HIV/ AIDS Management
  • Alcohol and drug abuse

Please note that the above contents are the core issues and some of the contents will be on industry-based operations.

TRAINING PERIOD

This training will be for four days in accordance with the DOSHS

TRAINING FEE

FKE Members 40,000.00 + 16% VAT = 46,400.00 per participant

Non-FKE Members 48,000.00 + 16% VAT = 55,680.00 per participant

Kindly note KFC members are Members of FKE.

The following discounts to both members and non members will be offered:

  • 3 nominees- 15%
  • 4 nominees- 20%
  • More than 4 nominees- 25% discount.

f) DIT

FKE DIT Registration number is DIT/TRN/81. Renewal date for 2011/ 2012 is

For booking information kindly contact: William Wandera, Augustus Muthoka or Gladys Kedera.

Tel: +254-20-272 1929/ 48/ 49/ 52, 272 0242/ 62

Cell: +254-733-333 291, 722-203 487

Email: wwand era@fke-kenya.org ; amuthoka@fke-kenya.org ; gkedera@fke-kenya.org

Colours

There are many different colour traditions and these can be affected by culture, function, application etc. The following is a general rule of thumb in regard to choosing the right coloured flowers to portray the correct sentiment.

You can base your colour choice on traditional associations or scientific choices.

Traditional Colour Choice

These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.

  • Red roses mean romantic love.
  • Purple roses signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.
  • Coral and orange roses signal desire.
  • Yellow roses are joy and friendship.
  • Pink roses express our gratitude and appreciation.
  • Light pink roses show feelings of admiration and sympathy.
  • Peach is more indefinite, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.
  • White roses show meaning of reverence and humility.

Scientific Colour Choice

People respond to different colours in different ways, and these responses take place on a subconscious, emotional level. Specific colours have different effects on the human brain:

  • Black : self-confidence, power, strength
  • Blue : calming, lowers blood pressure
  • Green : soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically, helps those suffering from depression, anxiety, nervousness
  • Violet : provides a peaceful environment
  • Pink: relaxes, relieves tension, soothing
  • Yellow : energizes, relieves depression,
  • Orange : energizes, stimulates
  • Red : stimulates brain wave activity, increases heart rate, respirations and blood pressure

Source: http://www.easyflowers.com.au

Celebrating life with flowers: Famous personalities

And then there were three. Yes it is about that time we conclude on our analysis of the birth month flowers. It has been an interesting and enlightening journey and what better way to wrap up the series than to make it a star studded edition?

It’s October, and the babies born in this month are known for being Very opinionated people who do not care of what others think, they are decisive, have a strong clairvoyance, they may appear to be a scary lot to approach but they are people who are always making friends and not only that but are people who treat friends importantly and that is why their birth flower is the Calendula (Marigold) whose hidden message is “My thoughts are with you”. A famous personality born within this month is a lady famed for being the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century, and the only woman ever to have held the post. We are talking of none other than ‘The Iron Lady’ herself, Margaret Thatcher.

November babies are as unique a bunch as any other. They have dynamic personalities, hardly become angry unless provoked, are brave and generous, and are well and capable of becoming good doctors because they are known for being able to think differently from others. They are also less talkative but amiable but on the down side they are known to be uncertain in relationships. From the characteristics above I guess it is only fair that the famous personality that we chose to act as patron of this month’s babies is HRH the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles. The November Birth Flower is the Chrysanthemum whose meaning is With Love and Cheerfulness and whose hidden message so favored during the Victorian era meaning is “You’re a Wonderful Friend”

December is another star studded year whose babies claim the Narcissus as their birth flower. These babies you will notice just like the rest share certain traits with the rest but there are traits that are uniquely theirs. December babies are patriotic, active in games and interactions, ambitious, logical, hate restrictions and are by no means pretenders. Their birth flower, the Narcissus, represents respect, modesty and faithfulness. In the Victorian era, the Narcissus carried the hidden message “You’re the Only One”. The only December baby we see now, as we wrap up these segments, is one of our very own because this month’s chosen famous personality is Richard Erskine Frere Leakey, simply known as Richard Leaky.

Flowers are no doubt beautiful but everything that’s realistic has some sort of ugliness in it. Even a flower is ugly when it wilts, a bird when it seeks its prey, the ocean when it becomes violent.
(Sharon Tate) so we leave you with this one thought: The most beautiful thing you can be is yourself.

There are many different colour traditions and these can be affected by culture, function, application etc. The following is a general rule of thumb in regard to choosing the right coloured flowers to portray the correct sentiment.

You can base your colour choice on traditional associations or scientific choices.

Traditional Colour Choice

These traditional colour choices mainly apply to roses but may also be applied to other flower types.

  • Red roses mean romantic love.
  • Purple roses signify that the giver has fallen in love with the recipient at first sight.
  • Coral and orange roses signal desire.
  • Yellow roses are joy and friendship.
  • Pink roses express our gratitude and appreciation.
  • Light pink roses show feelings of admiration and sympathy.
  • Peach is more indefinite, as it can signify either sympathy or gratitude.
  • White roses show meaning of reverence and humility.

Scientific Colour Choice

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