June Issue 2 2012

Tambuzi Scented Roses on the Queen’s barge

Some of the roses on the Queens Barge on 3rd June 2012 were from Tambuzi Limited! The farm, a Kenya Flower Council Gold and Silver Certified member is very close to the church in Narumoru where the Queen went to pray 60 years ago when her father died. The roses were a crimson David Austin rose called Darcy.
The queen, 86, rode a royal barge at the head of the 1,000-ship flotilla for seven miles while hundreds of thousands watched.

In Kenya, the Kenya Flower Council participated in a very well attended reception on Thursday 11th June 2012 at the British High Commission hosted by the British High Commisioner H. E. Dr.  Christian Turner.

National Taskforce on Horticulture

The National Taskforce on Horticulture (NTH) met on 13th June 2012 at KEPHIS headquarters. During the meeting the Kenya Flower Council was tasked to work with stakeholders on a conference to address the global competitiveness of the horticulture industry.

Competent Persons Training in Occupational Health and Safety

The Universal Work Health & Safety Consultancy Ltd an associate member of the Kenya Flower Council has organized Competent Persons Training in Occupational Health and Safety scheduled to be held for duration (s) of 2 weeks during the month of July 2012 in two different counties (locations).

The first training course will be held from the 2nd to the 13th July 2012 at Tea Research Foundation of Kenya (TRFK- Kericho) and the second training will commence the 18th to the 30th July 2012 at Midland Hotel Nakuru.

Universal Work Health & Safety consultancy Ltd, founded in 1995 is a registered health and safety consulting company based in Nakuru and Nairobi that deals with various matters affecting human and environmental welfare. The company is registered with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) and (DOHSS) Directorate of Occupational Health and Safety Services.

For more information contact: Leshan Ole Taruru via director@universalwhsafety.com>

Flower Manager Software………. Florisys

SofTech have come up with a new software for the flower industry that’s internationally recognized for its standards. The software which is known as Flower manager or the Florisys is designed specifically for the Floriculture industry with a target market that’s comprises the Growers, Agents, Resellers (Traders) for direct, and Auction sales.

The main objective for this new technology is to save up to 90% of Input cost and time like man hours, overhead and time.  In addition to this it can also be a tool in making decisions on day to day business transaction by providing information on sale FOB Prices, Variety analysis, auction price analysis etc.

Features of the Flower Manager

v  It’s easy to use and allows the company users to access the database easily as well as cater for them by creating as many users as the company wants with secured passwords, supported by Relational Database. It’s also possible to allocate or revoke the privileges to the users per company, location and transaction especially in cases where the organization has several branches all over the country. It has an easy to use menu that comes with an advantage of creating a secured password as well as the ability to change it.

v  One is able to manage the type of customers that the company has, as well as maintain the customer list as well as customize customer currency and pricing. One is also able to maintain suppliers list to purchase flowers for trading, create flower variety lists and their pictures as well as length of the varieties.

v  The software is good in finance as it can create currency lists with the deals of all the clients of the organization. In pricing can define the pricelist for each client according to the variety. The pricing is available based on the currency the customer selects.

v  You can also monitor the exchange rates based on the current financials of the year as well as get reports if required for analysis purposes. In a way also allows maintaining commission details for the clients which allows for change from time to time.

It has many more other qualities that could be useful in any organization. All in all the program caters for all the needs that are needed in the day to day running of the farm.

List of SofTech software’s with international standards and recognition

  1. Florysis/Flower Manager
  2. Tally E.R.P. with customization
  3. Document management system ( D.M.S)
  4. Payroll customized for East Africa
  5. Point of sale software
  6. Financial management
  7. Inventory and warehouse
  8. Farm management

SofTech inc. is an I.T firm that concentrates in software development; software design and testing, implementation; software upgrades and improvement as well as distribution of the software.  It’s an organization that also provides guidance and advice for their clients IT systems and requirements.

For more info contact Andrew via  osir@sof-tech.net or visit www.sof-tech.net

Flower production in Japan decreases

The tsunami last year has affected both flower sales and production of cut flowers and plants in Japan. According to official statistics, the production is decreasing already for years (by 5% each year), while the import in increasing. This can be read in the Dutch magazine Vakblad voor de Bloemisterij.

One of the main problems for the production, in particular for the future,  is the high age of the growers which is 60 years average. The 75,000 professional growers have an average farm size of 0.2 ha. The most important cut flower is chrysanthemum with a production per year of 1,666 million stems (in 2010). Second is carnation with 242 million stems and third is rose with 316 million stems.

Japanese households spend an average of 10,000 yen (100 euro) per year for flowers. But flowers are expensive. For example, the shop price for a Mother’s Day bouquet is about €35. For this reason Japanese people do not buy many flowers. Most flowers (70%) are bought by companies, but the government is looking for ways to increase the domestic market. 20% of the flowers at the Japanese market are imported. The main supplying countries in Asia are South Korea, China, Taiwan and Malaysia

Source: Vakblad voor de Bloemisterij> http://www.hortibiz.com/detail/article/flower-production-in-japan-decreases/

FlowersExpo

This is an International Exhibition of Flowers, Plants, Machinery and Technology for Floriculture and Landscape Design scheduled to take place from 10th to 13th September 2012 at the International Exhibition Center “Crocus-Expo, Russia, Moscow

Business Program of the Exhibition:

  • Conferences and seminars on topical issues in development of floriculture and flower business
  • Presentations
  • Shows and master-classes on flower arrangement organized by exhibition participants and partners.

Information reaching the Kenya Flower Council and collaborated with available data on flower exports to Russia indicates that Kenya exports between 300-400 tons per month.

Hortifair 2012 is scheduled to take place from 30 October to 2 November at the Amsterdam RAI . it’s one of the biggest international trade show for Technology, Innovation and Inspiration in Horticulture.

The Horti Fair has 600 exhibitors from 32 countries, seminars, the International HortiCongress, network gatherings and high profile events. The show is the horticultural trade show with the most innovations in the fields of plant breeding, greenhouse technique and cultivation technique.

A look ahead to the Horti Fair 2012:

  • HortiSeminars: daily seminars addressing topical horticultural issues
  • Innovation Award and Press Award: for innovations in the fields of technology and Green
  • HortiCongress: international event with top speakers
  • Interpolis House of Quality: more than 1000 of the best and newest floricultural products
  • Horti Houses: special pavilions focusing on themes including technology, software and greenhouse construction

The Horti Fair is the hub of the International HortiWeek

Better protection EU against unwanted plant pests

In the past 3 years, the EU-project QBOL has created more than 13,000 DNA barcode sequences of quarantine organisms. DNA barcodes combined with uniform protocols to analyse, store and transport suspect material are the new diagnostic tool that enables a worldwide quick, accurate and reliable identification of harmful so called ‘quarantine’ organisms and differentiate them from closely related ‘look-a-likes’. Indispensable for a strong infrastructure in European plant health, which is necessary to combat the increasing risks of spreading these harmful organisms.

The number of unwanted plant pests spreading all over the world has increased steadily during the last decades, mainly due to globalization of the trade in agricultural plants and products. Plant pests threaten food security and some pests have resulted in huge economic, environmental or social impacts in Europe. Therefore the EU has a ‘black list’ of so called quarantine organisms, which may not be imported into the EC member countries.

During the QBOL-project all relevant information to identify harmful organisms – and their look-a-likes – has been put together in Q-bank. Q-bank contains databases for bacteria, fungi, insects, nematodes, viruses and phytoplasmas. The databases consist of morphological, taxonomic and molecular information and combine this information with specimens in international reference collections. International expert curators and the access to the reference collections ensure Q-bank to keep up the necessary and highest possible standard of diagnostic work. This makes Q-bank an indispensable tool for every organization active in the statutory plant health domain and especially national plant protection organizations.

The QBOL-project has yet come to an end. The information that the 20 organizations (universities, research institutes and Phytosanitary organizations) in 15 countries have been gathering during the past years has been presented during the recent international conference on DNA barcoding and diagnostic methods for plant pests in the Netherlands.

The outcome of QBOL is impressing: more than 13,000 barcode sequences, protocols for DNA extraction, generic amplification and sequencing, protocols for whole genome amplification, storage and transport, 7 training courses with more than 125 participants all over the world and the above mentioned Q-bank: a Database of quarantine and regulated plant pathogens and their taxonomically closely related species.

The recent joint EPPO (an intergovernmental organization responsible for European cooperation in plant health) – QBOL conference in the Netherlands resulted in a number of recommendations to ensure proper further development, validation and effective and reliable use of tests ensuring a strong infrastructure in plant health. Recommendations can be found on the QBOL website.

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