September Issue 4 2012

Kenya to mount a pavilion during the IFTF show in Holland.

Kenya will mount a pavilion during the upcoming international Floricultural Trade Fair (IFTF) scheduled to take place from 31st October to 2nd November 2012 at EXPO Haarlemmermeer, Vijfhuizen, Aalsmeer, Holland.  This is being coordinated by the Horticultural Crop Development Authority, Kenya Flower Council and Sally Share of Tambuzi Ltd.

The pavilion will be designed elegantly hosting growers from different regions in Kenya which are expected to showcase their quality and diversity products during the event. The Pavilion will have about 50 pillars and will be sold to the growers on a first come basis.

HCDA has booked and paid a 90M2 Kenyan Pavilion, in addition to shipping all the flowers that will be displayed in the pavilion. The Kenyan growers will only have to pay for the stand construction at a rate of 350 Euros per pillar (3 x 3 m and 2 m high), painted on all 4 sides with Kenyan flag colours.

Visitors will be served with Kenyan tea and coffee, nuts and macadamia.

Growers are encouraged to book as soon as possible indicating how many pillars they would want to have, and under what region that is, Lake Naivasha Growers Group; Mt Kenya Growers Group; Nairobi-Thika-Athi River Growers Group; and Aberdare Mountains Growers.

For booking kindly contact Sally Share on sally.share@tambuzi.co.ke or kfc@wananchi.com

 

Global competitiveness of the Eastern Africa flower industry workshop

 

The Kenya Flower Council has organized a 2 day workshop and training program 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 and for Naivasha region on 24th and 25th September at Fish Eagle Inn. The workshops have been designed to have 4 modules spread across the two days but targeting different cadres of staff at the flower farm and stakeholder level.

 

Project Background

With assistance from the Centre for the Development of Enterprises     (CDE) and the World Bank Foundation, the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) project will 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 last workshop will be held on 10th and 11th October 2012 at Sportsman Arms Hotel, Nanyuki.  We are therefore requesting growers who would like to attend to confirm their participation, indicating their preferred Module and venue to info@kenyaflowercouncil.org.

 

The program schedule is as follows:  

  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

 

The 2nd Annual Effluent & Waste Water Management Conference

The 2nd Annual Effluent & Waste Water Management Conference – EWWMC 2012 will be held in Nairobi Kenya on the 13-14 November 2012 under the support of National Environment Management Authority. EWWMC 2012 aims to bring together water companies, contractors, consultants, industry and manufacturers and is the perfect place to showcase the latest services and technologies.
Against a backdrop of increasing pressure on the environment and the natural resources, leading institutions are adopting more sophisticated methods that will enhance the sustainability of the water resources. The importance of effluent quality management has long been recognized in many parts of the world and Africa’s industrial and municipal developments along with changing lifestyles and increasing population has resulted in many environmental pollution problems that require workable and affordable solutions.

Effluent raw blood

The Effluent and Waste Water Management Conference aims to assess the status of effluent quality management and to evaluate recent developments and approaches to waste management in the region. Held under a timely theme, the conference will cover key management challenges facing the effluent and waste water sector including waste water reuse, environmental impacts including those of marine discharges, industrial waste treatment processes, and environmental management. These proceedings will be of great value to scientists, engineers and managers from the municipal and industrial sectors, academic institutions, regulatory bodies and research centers and all those interested in the developing issues of effluent and waste water quality management.
The forum attracts buyers, specifiers and decision-makers from across the water and effluent industry who come to see the very latest advances in water technologies and innovative solutions to sustainable water practices. It will be a great platform to hear what they are doing to towards enhancing effluent management.

For more information on EWWMC 2012 go to: } http://aidembs.com/effluent_conference/    

 

Green Farming Water Management Demo Project in Kenya opens its doors

The Green Farming Water Management Demo Project initiated at the site of the Van den Berg Roses in Naivasha was officially launched on Saturday, 15th September 2012. The project aim at saving 40-60% of irrigation water while achieving a 10% increase in yields.

In co-operation with the Kenyan Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Wageningen UR will be monitoring the project and present the results.

This project was developed by a consortium consisting of Dutch suppliers to the horticultural industry.

Bosman is in charge of project implementation from A to Z, Hoogendoorn supplied the automation, Hatenboer-Water provided the water disinfection system, Van der Knaap is the coco substrate supplier, Genap the water tanks, and DLV Plant is responsible for project administration and the final financial reports.

The technology implemented offers potential for gradually achieving water savings and has been adapted to local Kenyan circumstances and needs. Small components of this project can later be used by other Kenyan sites.

The official opening was attended by about 100 companies and officials from Kenya and the Netherlands, amongst them Harm Maters, Chairman of Green Farming; Jane Ngige, Chief Executive Officer  of the Kenya Flower Council; Hans Wolff, Agricultural Counsellor at the Dutch Embassy in Nairobi, plus delegates from the Fresh Produce and Exporters Association Kenya and the Horticultural Crop Development Authority.

According to Arie van den Berg, of Van Den Burg roses the project will allow them to save 40-60% of irrigation water, and thus fertilizers with it.

“We expect this to achieve a 10% increase in yields, too – and who wouldn’t like that! ” said Arie

The project is set to run for 2 years.

Did you know??????

Carbon credits

 

Synonyms: emissions credits

Reegle definition:

Carbon credits provide a way to reduce greenhouse effect emissions on an industrial scale by capping total annual emissions and letting the market assign a monetary value to any shortfall through trading.

Wikipedia definition:

A carbon credit is a generic term for any tradable certificate or permit representing the right to emit one tonne of carbon dioxide or the mass of another greenhouse gas with a carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) equivalent to one tonne of carbon dioxide. Carbon credits and carbon markets are a component of national and international attempts to mitigate the growth in concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs). One carbon credit is equal to one metric tonne of carbon dioxide, or in some markets, carbon dioxide equivalent gases.

Carbon trading is an application of an emissions trading approach. Greenhouse gas emissions are capped and then markets are used to allocate the emissions among the group of regulated sources. The goal is to allow market mechanisms to drive industrial and commercial processes in the direction of low emissions or less carbon intensive approaches than those used when there is no cost to emitting carbon dioxide and other GHGs into the atmosphere.

Since GHG mitigation projects generate credits, this approach can be used to finance carbon reduction schemes between trading partners and around the world. There are also many companies that sell carbon credits to commercial and individual customers who are interested in lowering their carbon footprint on a voluntary basis. These carbon off setters purchase the credits from an investment fund or a carbon development company that has aggregated the credits from individual projects.

Buyers and sellers can also use an exchange platform to trade, such as the Carbon Trade Exchange, which is like a stock exchange for carbon credits. The quality of the credits is based in part on the validation process and sophistication of the fund or development company that acted as the sponsor to the carbon project. This is reflected in their price; voluntary units typically have less value than the units sold through the rigorously validated Clean Development Mechanism.

Source:  http://www.reegle.info/glossary/229/carbon-credits.htm      

 

 

 

 

 

 

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