September Issue 3 2012

Global competitiveness of the Eastern Africa flower industry workshop

The Kenya Flower Council has organized a 2 day workshop and training on the global competitiveness of the Eastern Africa flower industry in three different regions namely Nairobi, Naivasha and Nanyuki. The Nairobi and Environs Workshop took place at Lenana Conference Center on 20th and 21st September 2012. The workshops have been designed under 4 modules spread across the two days but targeting different cadres of staff at the flower farm and stakeholder level.

We are therefore requesting growers to confirm their participation in Naivasha and Nanyuki, indicating their preferred Module and venue to


Project Background

With assistance from the Centre for the Development of Enterprises       (CDE) and the World Bank Foundation, the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) developed a project to conduct a series of studies and activities, to determine the global competitiveness of the Eastern Africa Flower business. Specifically the World Bank funded a series of regional video conference based seminars, through the Global Learning Development Network (GLDN) which were concluded between May and December 2011.


As a follow up to the outputs of the video conferences, the CDE component of the project will delve deeper into implementing some of the interventions identified, mainly in training, pilot project(s) and design. The CDE support has provided technical assistance in research, design and management of projects aimed at implementing interventions identified through the World Bank supported technical papers, as critical to improvement of productivity / competitiveness of the flower industry in the region.  Some of these include pilot projects in policy development; on farm demonstrations & trials, training; awareness creation; formulation of projects aimed at improving efficiency and cleaner development mechanism (CDM) initiatives.


The next workshops will be held as below:

Region Proposed venue Date
Naivasha Fish Eagle Hotel 24th to 25th September 2012
Nanyuki Sportsman Arms  Hotel 10th to 11 October 2012



They are scheduled as follows:
Workshop Program

  Activity Target Group Facilitators
Day 1-Module 1 8.30am-12.30 pm – Presentation of technical paper on impact of taxes & levies- Prudent Financial Management practices & tax planning & compliance to tax regimes.- VAT Refunds: Available options for rebates from GoK -CEO’s/Managing Directors PKF KenyaKRA
Day 1 – Module 28.30 am – 4.00 pm Impact of Levies & Taxes– Practical training/discussion on best practice in Financial Management practices & tax planning & compliance to tax regimes.- VAT Refunds: Available options for rebates from GoKExpected Outputs– A lobby tool for Yr 2012/2013 GoK budget input.- Best practice checklist for tax compliance leading to green channeling & fast tracking of issues such as VAT refunds.- Awareness of prudent financial management & tax planning and compliance Financial Mangers/ Chief Finance Officers /Chief Accountants PKF KenyaKRA
Day 2- Module 3 08:00am – 12.30pm Enhancing Competitiveness Of The Flower Industry with specific aspects of ;

  1. Impact of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  2. Impact Climate Change
Production MangersAgronomists Camco
Day – 2 Module 42.00pm-4.30pm Loss of competitiveness due to Agrobacterium tumefaciensand other soil borne diseases Production MangersAgronomists Mrs, Gladys maina  Dr Paul NgaruiyaProf. Eunice Mutitu



Fuel Surcharge Increase

Exporters are digging deeper into their pockets following a move by airlines to increase fuel surcharge.  In the past few weeks, Prices for jet fuel have increased resulting to the Fuel Price Index exceeding the next threshold for two consecutive weeks. Fluctuating fuel prices have a direct impact on operating costs for the air express industry worldwide.

Consequently the airlines have increased fuel surcharge as follows:


Airline Fuel Surcharge Effective date
Swiss Air USD 1.10/Kg (charged on actual weight). 17-Sept 2012
Egypt Air of introduced Usd 0.20/kg to the usual rates immediately
Lufthansa Cargo Usd 1.25/kg 17th Sept 2012
Air France-KLM Cargo
Long ICA (Beyond Europe) usd 1.28/kg 11th Sept , 2012
ICA (Europe destinations) usd 1.02/kg
Surcharge in EUR (ICA) eur 0.83/kg
Martinair Cargo usd 1.28/kg
British Airways Usd1.16/kg
Eur 1.06/kg
5th Sept 2012
Emirates Usd 1.00/kg  10th Sept, 2012.




New flight schedule for Korean Air



The flight days for Korean Air in and out of Nairobi will change effective 28th October 2012 as below.




Old (D)

New (D)

Flight No



Aircraft Type

ICN/NBO TUE / THU / SAT MON / WED / FRI KE959 2045 0505 +1 A332 L – A332 Q
NBO/ICN WED / FRI / SUN TUE / THU / SAT KE960 1030 0440 +1 A332 L – A332 Q


Naivasha Touch Rugby tournament 2012


The Naivasha Touch Rugby tournament 2012 will take places on 13th -14th October 2012. According to the organizers the 2011 tournament was a success where the showcasing of the Naivasha Horticulture was evident. Some of the companies who participated include, Scheurs, Oserian, Dudutech, Florensis, Crop Nutrients Laboratory services, Lake Naivasha Growers Group (LNGG), Leleshwa, among others.



Did you know………………….

Carbon tax

Synonyms: carbon dioxide tax, carbon charge, CO2 tax, energy tax, emission tax

A carbon tax is a levy on the carbon content of fossil fuels. Because virtually all of the carbon in fossil fuels is ultimately emitted as carbon dioxide, a carbon tax is equivalent to an emission tax on each unit of CO2- equivalent emissions. An energy tax – a levy on the energy content of fuels – reduces demand for energy and so reduces carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use. An eco-tax is designed to influence human behaviour (specifically economic behaviour) to follow an ecologically benign path. An international carbon/emission/energy tax is a tax imposed on specified sources in participating countries by an international agreement. A harmonized tax commits participating countries to impose a tax at a common rate on the same sources. A tax credit is a reduction of tax in order to stimulate purchasing of or investment in a certain product, like GHG emission reducing technologies. A carbon charge is the same as a carbon tax. (IPPC).



The Netherlands: export flowers and plants +5%

The export of flowers and plants in the Netherlands in August was slightly less than in this month last year. As a result the increase of the cumulative export until August went down from 6% to 5% growth. The export value until August was €3.8 billion.

The export of cut flower this year went up by 7% to €2.3 billion. The export of ornamental plants increased by 3% to €1.5 billion. Exporters expect to end the year with a growth of their sales. In August the cut flower export went up by 1% to €227 million, while the export of pot and garden plants decreased by 25 to €158 million.

This year, the export to Germany (+6%) and the England (+10%) are going above average. Especially in flowers the export to these countries, is going fine: +9% to Germany and even +14% to England. Germany and England are the most important export destination of flowers and plants from the Netherlands.

Russia has reached the fourth place in the export chart, behind France. Russia overtook Italy though a growth of 38% to €184 million. The export development to the other countries in Eastern Europe is not going well as the export to these countries is going down.

Source: Hortibiz









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