A National workshop on ‘Enhancing the Global Competitiveness of the Eastern Africa Flower Industry’
The Kenya Flower Council (KFC) has organized a one day conference on ‘Enhancing the Global Competitiveness of the Eastern Africa Flower Industry’ scheduled to take place on November 13, 2012 at 8.30 am at the Nairobi Serena Hotel.
The conference has been organized to bring together stakeholders in the flower industry to discuss ways of enhancing the global competitiveness of the flower industry. In particular, the conference will focus on Taxes & Levies, Agro-bacterium & other soil borne diseases, climate change & the role of Strategic Environment Assessment on the competitiveness of the flower industry. During the conference, participants will also get a brief on the findings of studies conducted on each of the areas of focus.
As the industry continues to grow, it is cognizant of an increasingly sophisticated market, riddled with unprecedented challenges as posed by global climatic, economic and social dynamics. With the assistance from Centre for the Development of Enterprises (CDE) and World Bank Foundation, the KFC came up with a project to conduct a series of studies and activities, to determine the global competitiveness of the Eastern Africa Flower business. The World Bank Specifically 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 project funded by CDE has delved deeper into implementation of some of the interventions identified, mainly in training, pilot project(s) and design.
To confirm attendance kindly write to KFC via firstname.lastname@example.org
Small scale farmers attend training
The Kenya flower council with the assistance from Center for the Development of Enterprises (CDE) conducted a one day training for small scale farmers around Kinangop area. The training took place on 1st November 2012 at the Ndunyu NJeru in Kinangop-City Council Hall. The objective of the training was to sensitize small-scale flower growers with tips on good farming practices, basic book keeping and personal financial management, tax compliance and sustainable use of natural resources and alternative energy sources.
The farmers were encouraged to pursue their vision of taking their groups to the next level by incorporating them to companies which would help them to market. This would reduce losses occasioned by excess produce going to waste and help them fetch better prices.
The farmers gave their recommendations on various issues they would like addressed by various stake-holders in the industry.
Status of Business Bills in Parliament
New Bills through a first reading:
- The Human Resource Management Professionals Bill, 2012
- The Technical and Vocational Education and Training Bill, 2012
- The Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Authority Bill, 2012
ALFA Bill 2012
This Bill by the Minister for Agriculture was published on 28th September, 2012. Its main object is to streamline the legislative framework governing the agriculture sector in Kenya by consolidating the law on the regulation and promotion of agriculture and agricultural land use in order to boost agricultural production and thereby ensure food security for the people of Kenya.
It further proposes to consolidate the institutional framework for the governance of production, processing, and marketing in the agricultural sector in Kenya. This, it does by seeking to establish the Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Authority and to make provision for the respective roles of the national and county governments in agriculture in furtherance of the relevant provisions of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution.
The Bill was referred to the Departmental Committee on Agriculture for scrutiny before it goes back to the House for 2nd reading. Members are advised to get a copy and review the same as it has serious implications on the agriculture sector.
- The Kenya Agricultural Research Bill, 2012
This Bill, published by the Minister for Agriculture on 28th September, 2012 seeks to streamline agricultural research in Kenya. It further seeks to establish the Kenya Agricultural Research Organization, to provide for organs of the organization and to provide for the co-ordination of agricultural research activities in Kenya. This will act as a focal point through which institutions in various agricultural sectors are able to engage in agricultural research in a more structured manner devoid of duplication.
The Bill went through the first reading on 11th October, 2012 and was then referred to the Departmental Committee on Agriculture for scrutiny. Members in the agricultural sector are advised to get a copy of the Bill and scrutinize the same to understand its implications.
The Crops Bill, 2012
This Bill, published by the Minister for Agriculture on 28th September, 2012 seeks to consolidate and repeal various statutes relating to crops and to provide for the growth and development of agricultural crops.
The Bill also seeks to accelerate the growth and development of agriculture in general, enhance productivity and incomes of farmers and the rural population, improve investment climate and efficiency of agribusiness and develop agricultural crops as export crops that will augment the foreign exchange earnings of the country.
The Bill went through the first reading on 11th October, 2012 and was then referred to the Departmental Committee on Agriculture for scrutiny. Members in the agricultural sector are advised to get a copy of the Bill and scrutinize the same as it has implications on business.
Pending Bills that have a direct or indirect impact on businesses:
a) The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service Bill, 2012 (Minister for Agriculture) – The Bill went through the 2nd reading stage on 10th October, 2012 – Bill is before the Departmental Committee on Agriculture.
b) The Universities Bill, 2012 – (Minister for Higher Education) – Bill is awaiting second reading – Bill is before the Departmental Committee on Education.
c) The Science, Technology and Innovation Bill, 2012 – (Minister for Higher Education) – Bill is before the Departmental Committee on Education.
d) The Micro and Small Enterprises Bill, 2011 – (Hon. F.T. Nyammo, MP) – Bill is awaiting the 2nd reading and is before the Departmental Committee on Finance, Planning and Trade.
Koppert relaunches effective predatory mite
Koppert will be relaunching the soil-dwelling predatory mite Hypoaspis aculeifer onto the market at the end of this year. The reintroduction of this predatory mite allows Koppert to offer the market a full range of subterranean natural enemies of pests including thrips, sciarid flies and the bulb mite.
Hypoaspis aculeifer (brand name Entomite-A) combats thrips and sciarid flies and is also very effective in dealing with bulb mites. The production of this soil-dwelling predatory mite is a complex process. Following extensive research, Koppert has succeeded in improving the production method to such an extent that efficient production and reliable supply are now possible.
The packaging has also been improved. Koppert supplies the product in a newly-developed cardboard cylinder packaging (containing 50,000 predatory mites) using only vermiculite as a carrier material. The company has switched to this packaging material because it guarantees the quality of the mites better and for longer, and the population remains at optimum levels. Hypoaspis aculeifer also searches for its prey in the deeper layers of the soil.
In addition to Hypoaspis aculeifer, for the purposes of the subterranean combating of pests Koppert also has the soil-dwelling predatory mites Hypoaspis miles and Macrocheles robustulus available.
Hypoaspis miles (brand name Entomite-M) is a powerful natural enemy of sciarid flies and has a strong side effect on Duponchelia fovealis. Springtails, thrips pupae, and nematodes are also on its menu. Hypoaspis miles is now also supplied in a new cardboard cylinder containing 50,000 beneficials, and in a bottle containing 10,000 beneficials with a mixture of vermiculite and peat as a carrier material.
Compared with Hypoaspis aculeifer, Hypoaspis miles remains closer to the soil surface.
Of all the subterranean beneficials, Macrocheles robustulus (Macro-Mite) has the broadest effects, tackling thrips pupae, the eggs, larvae, and pupae of the sciarid fly, and white worms (important in Phalaenopsis). It also preys on the eggs of Duponchelia fovealis, the eggs of the cabbage fly, and other insects and nematodes. Koppert supplies Macro-Mite in a cardboard cylinder (containing 50,000 mites), with vermiculite as a carrier material. Like Hypoaspis aculeifer, Macrocheles robustulus can be found in the deeper layers of the soil. Its population responds very quickly to pests in the soil.
With Hypoaspis aculeifer, Hypoaspis miles and Macrocheles robustulus, Koppert now offers a full range of natural enemies of soil infestations with even better quality thanks to the cardboard cylinder packaging.
Because of new taxonomic insights, the Latin names of the two Entomite products will be changed in the near future. Hypoaspis aculeifer (Entomite-A) will be renamed to Geolaelaps aculeifer and Hypoaspis miles (Entomite-M) to Stratiolaelaps scimitus. It is a name change only, the mites themselves are unchanged.
LET’S CELEBRATE LIFE WITH FLOWERS
2012 is the year of the dragon. To the Chinese, the dragon is symbol of good fortune and sign of intense power. In Eastern philosophy, the Dragon is said to be a deliverer of good fortune and a master of authority.
With each year there is a struggle to get that special gift for that special person on their special day or do something that will leave you in good stead with them and this year is no different. How do you plan to commemorate your loved one or dear one’s birthday this year? Are you planning on doing the usual lunch date, night out partying, a surprise birthday party, a beautiful birthday card with an equally beautiful message in it? Well whatever you plan I am sure it will be fun and well appreciated. We here at KFC want to help you spruce up your celebrations, or rather add a little KFC touch to this year’s birthday celebrations. This year (and the others to come) to add to your special way of celebrating birthdays, add the birthday girl’s or boy’s birth month flower in the mix or better yet decorate the party room with these flowers. Now if some of the flowers we mention sound alien to you or you do not know where to get them, feel free to contact us and we will be more than ready to point you in the right direction
January babies start us off, they are well known for being Stable, Trustworthy, Persistent, Ambitious and Patient among other things but they can also tend to be a little reserved and some sort of critics and I do not think there is any flower that would suit them to perfection as the carnation whose general meaning is love, fascination, and distinction for their love of others or their homely attitude makes them trustworthy and their fancy in something (or someone) makes them rather persistent, whereas their ambition sets them apart from the crowd. It is for the simple reasons stated that the carnation is the January birth flower.
The February baby is Honest and loyal, quiet, shy and humble, creative and progressive. He or she is both Intelligent and clever and Superstitious and ludicrous and to some extent a spendthrift, but let us not let this few shortcomings sidetrack us and it is with the good and not so attractive qualities that makes the Violet (pictured above) this baby’s birth flower, for the Violet symbolizes faithfulness, humility and chastity.
The March Birth Flower is the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus. The meaning of the March Birth Flower, the Jonquil (aka Daffodil or Narcissus) is friendship and domestic happiness. The March babies not only have attractive personalities but are also known being affectionate, naturally honest, generous and sympathetic but they too have their flaws which makes them secretive, moody and wait for it…vengeful (the line between friendship and fiend is thin after all, and you do not want to cross that) but no other flower fits as their birth flower as the Jonquil.
April babies are brave and fearless, patriotic and are well known for being active and dynamic that is why their birth flower is the Sweet pea. The meaning of the April Birth Flower, the Sweet pea can be either Good-bye or Blissful Pleasure (pick whichever meaning appeals to you) but they do tend to be a little aggressive and hasty but not even their short comings would make us think any less of them for they, just like the name of their birth flower denotes are sweet people.
The May Birth Flower is the Lily of the Valley. The May baby Loves to dream, is usually understanding and usually has deep feelings .He or she may at times be restless and easily angered among other things but that only serves to compliment a member of his birth flowers family (the wild lily) and anyway they know that they are all beautiful the way they are because God makes no mistakes, and so they keep on dreaming their way to a happy tomorrow .The meaning of the May Birth Flower, the Lily of the Valley is Sweetness and Humility
June babies tend to be easily influenced by kindness, they are Polite and soft-spoken, Inquisitive, Clever, Adaptable, Lively and Communicative among other things. They can however be easily bored fussy and stubborn and that is why their birth flower is the Rose. The meaning of the June Birth Flower is passion, love and beauty. However in their stubborn streak they can tend to be a thorn in your side so watch out.
Be sure to catch up with us next week as we conclude our analysis of the remaining month’s babies and as we reveal what their birth flowers are. But for now do not hide yourself in regret just love yourself and you are set because come rain or come sunshine, you were born that way.