June 2010 Issue 4

KFC and Limuru region growers come to an agreement with the Council of Limuru
Following a public Notice issued by the municipal Council of Limuru on regularization of development proposals and occupation permits published in the Daily Nation Newspaper dated 10th June, 2010, the Kenya Flower Council and growers from Limuru region held a
meeting on 24th June, 2010 with the Council. It was agreed that the Council will hold on this demand to give all parties a chance to dialogue and agree on a formula that is acceptable to all parties given the vastness of the horticulture production, the current economic situation and the social and economic impact of the sub-sectors to the Kenyan economy.
The Council had notified all developers within the jurisdiction that no development shall be allowed to take place without the Council’s approval and those with completed buildings without an occupation permit should obtain one. This includes but not limited to:-
‐ Building developments.
‐ Change of user.
‐ Extension of user, sub‐ division.
‐ Amalgamation.
‐ Extension of lease, outdoor advertisement.
They further added that all developments that are not approved by the Council or those that have not been erected as per the approved drawings should be submitted to the council within sixty days for regularization. Failure to comply the concerned party will be liable for
prosecution.
P. O. Box 56325
Nairobi, 00200
Kenya
Tel: (254) 20 38 76 597,
38 60 612
Fax: (254) 20 38 76 597
E-mail: kfc@wananchi.com
info@kenyaflowercouncil.org
Importation of Methyl Bromide as a fumigant banned in Kenya as of 1st January 2010
(Controlled substance regulations, 2007)

Kenya Flower Council attended a sensitization seminar held by The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) on Controlled Substances Regulations 2007 in all the provinces in Kenya to raise awareness on different types of Ozone Depleting Substances
(ODS). The seminar aimed at informing the stakeholders on the phase out plan schedules as per the Montreal protocol for the specific ODS in Kenya. The seminar was also used to demonstrate to the public the ODS analysis using a CFC analyzer.
In Nairobi region, the seminar was held at Taifa Hall, KICC on 22nd June, 2010 with participants from different sectors in attendance. They were informed that ODS has been classified in to three categories by the Minister for Environment depending on the Ozone
depletion potential as follows:

  1. Group one consists of HCFC- partially halogenated fluoro-chemical with ozonedepleting potential of less 0.12 and are defined as transitional substances.
  2. Group two consists of Hydrobromofluorocarbons with ozone depleting potential estimated to vary from 0.1 to 1.00.
  3. Group three consists of Bromochloromethane with ozone depleting potential of 0.12
  4. Methyl bromide has an ozone depleting potential of 0.6.

The growers of flowers and ornamentals were informed that;

  • R12 refrigerant gas is CFC – Chlorofluorocarbon a compound consisting of chlorine,fluorine, and carbon. R12 refrigerant gas used in the cold rooms is now not allowed in Kenya as of 1st January 2010.
  • R22; (CHF2 Cl), refrigerant gas is a Partially Halogenated Fluorochemical, HCFC22, with an ozone depleting potential of 0.055. This product is one of the transitional substances. The production phase out is 1st January 2016 by NEMA and 100% ban is
  • 1st January 2040.
  • Methyl Bromide, a gas used as a fumigant is not allowed for import or export in Kenya as of 1st January 2010. Those who still have stocks are allowed to use the same until they are exhausted.
  • The Kenya Revenue Authority, KRA, staff informed and demonstrated to the participants how they are verifying the ODS at the port of entry by use of a CFC analyzer. KRA have found out that some dealers are importing banned gases labeled as compliant ones after verifying at the port of entry. The containers labels indicate for example one is labeled R22 when the actual product is R12 or a mixture of more one product.
  • There is need to replace the systems used by the companies before they use compliant products i.e. refrigerants in their trucks and cooling systems at the cold rooms because there is a risk of blowing up the equipment if the gas loaded into the system is not the one that it was designed for.
  • Those cooling equipments that are not compliant are not being allowed into the country i.e. those using those gases that are not allowed in Kenya.
  • Those companies selling controlled substances for example refrigerant gases are to obtain licenses from NEMA as required by the controlled substance regulations.


Fresh Summit International Convention and Exposition – October 15-18 in Orlando,
Florida

Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit International Convention and Exposition will be held October 15-18 in Orlando, Florida USA. More than 18,000 leaders of the produce and floral industries from over 50 countries will gather to network, grow their
businesses, and learn more about key industry issues and challenges. In addition, Fresh Summit features 800 exhibiting companies and offers opportunities for buyers to see the latest innovations in the industry.
This event is a valuable opportunity for Kenyan buyers to connect with U.S. exporters. It is one of the largest international events solely dedicated to fruit, vegetables and floral, Fresh Summit drawing more than 18,500 attendees from 50 countries annually. The scope and
energy of Fresh Summit is astounding. Attendees – from the entire supply chain – pack the convention center to experience all that Fresh Summit has to offer:

  • Sold-out exhibition hall featuring the latest products and services in produce and floral
  • An insightful educational program covering the hottest issues facing the industry
  • Numerous networking opportunities with key decision-makers, receptions, tours and more.

For more information visit www.pma.com/freshsummit
International Floriculture Expo- Miami
A delegation from Kenya is attending the International Floriculture Expo formally referred to as The Super Floral Show which commenced on June 22 and ending on 25th June, 2010 at Miami Beach Convention Centre, Miami Beach, FL. flower farms in Kenya submitted different varieties of the flowers to be exhibited in the show.
How to Control Black Spot on Roses
Black spot is a fungus disease that appears as round, black spots on the leaves of rose plants. There may be a distinctive yellow band around the black spot and leaves may fall prematurely.

Step 1.
Look for black spot on the leaves of rose plants. This fungus disease will appear as round, black spots ringed by yellow tissue.

Step 2 Water only from below. Try not to get the foliage wet when you water.

Step 3 Water in the early morning hours so the rose plant has time to dry during the day.

Step 4 Rake up any fallen leaves from the soil surrounding the plant. Black spot as well as other fungus diseases are transmitted by water splashing back up onto the leaves and stems.

Step 5 Remove any diseased leaves. Pick off and destroy any foliage that has evidence of black spot. Dispose of infected foliage in a sealed plastic bag.

Step 6 Dust roses infected with black spot with sulfur powder. Sulfur will not kill the fungus spores, but it will prevent a new generation from germinating.

Step 7 Spray a solution of 1 tsp. baking soda mixed in 1 qt. warm water in the early morning hours.

Step 8 Spray roses with a dormant oil or Bordeaux mixture when plants are dormant
(usually in winter).

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