January Issue 2 2013



Kenya National Bureau of Statistics released Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation for December 2012. The numbers were generated using data collected during the second and third weeks of the month under review. The prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones located in 13 urban centers.

The CPI increased by 0.69 per cent from 133.33 in November 2012 to 134.25 in December 2012. The overall inflation rate stood at 3.20 per cent in December 2012.

Between November 2012 and December 2012, Food and Non Alcoholic drinks’ index increased by 0.77 per cent. Price decreases were recorded in respect of some food products while at the same time; increases were also recorded in respect of others. Further, a combination of significant rises and drops in the average prices of several food items were noted compared to their respective December 2011 prices.

Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other fuels’ index went up by 0.06 per cent between November and December 2012. This small increase was mainly attributed to slightly higher costs of some house rents, kerosene and other cooking fuels which outweighed the observed lower costs of Electricity and Cooking gas. Due to lower forex and fuel cost adjustment charges, the cost of consuming 50 Kwh of electricity decreased from KSh 584.50 in November to KSh 577.00 in December 2012.

Despite lower costs of petrol and diesel, the Transport index went up by 1.55 per cent over thesame period, mainly due to higher costs of taxi, bus and matatu fares associated with Christmas festivities.


3% higher turnover at FloraHolland

The turnover of the Dutch flower auction FloraHolland reached € 4.28 billion in 2012, which is an increase of 3% compared to 2011. This growth shows that despite the economic problems, European consumers keep on buying flowers and plants.

In 2012 a total of 12.5 billion flowers and plants have been traded at FloraHolland, which is the biggest trade organization of these products in the world. On the average growers received a 4% higher price for their products, compared to 2011.

The turnover of the biggest product group – cut flowers – grew by 2.9% to € 2.4 billion. The average price went up while the volume decreased by 1.4%. The turnover of indoor plants went up by 2% to € 1.5 billion, while the volume decreased by 0.7%. The results of the garden plants were the best: the turnover was 8% and the volume 2.1% higher than in 2011.

The turnover of the auction clocks went down by 1.5%, while the direct trade via FloraHolland Connect was 8.9% higher.

Source: Hortibiz


Income recovery in horticulture

For many farmers and horticulturalists in the Netherlands, income in 2012 was significantly better than in 2011. According to LEI Wageningen, this was primarily as a result of the rise in product prices in most agrarian sectors.

The average total income in agriculture and horticulture in 2012 is estimated at 78,000 euros per holding, an increase of 16,000 euros compared to 2011. Every year there are large differences in income across agriculture and horticulture, both within and between different types of holding. This is revealed in the annual figures of LEI Wageningen UR, published in a report ‘Actuele ontwikkeling van resultaten en inkomens in de land- en tuinbouw in 2012’ (Recent developments in results and incomes in the agricultural and horticultural sectors, 2012.

Incomes from greenhouse horticulture rose due to increased product prices. For greenhouse horticulture holdings, this recovery follows a very disappointing 2011, when the sector was hit by the EHEC crisis.

The income from cut flower growers rose to a good level thanks to better prices as a result of a more limited supply and increased demand. Pot plants and bedding plants were the most profitable in glasshouse horticulture sector in recent years and growers saw their incomes rise slightly again in 2012.

Source: LEI






Event Date City/Location Products to be Exhibited
IPM Essen Germany 22nd – 25th January 2013 Essen , Germany Cut Flower & Potted Plants
World Floral Expo 13th -15th March 2013 Jacob K.Javits Center, New York City, New York, USA. Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Hortiflora Ethiopia 20th  – 22nd  March 2013 Millenium Hall,  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Cut Flowers & Ornamentals
Flowers & Hortech Ukraine 2013 9th – 11th April 2013 Kiev, UKRAINE Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Floraholland Spring Fair 10th – 11th April 2013 Aalsmeer, Netherlands Cut Flower & Potted Plants
  Hortiflorexpo China


17th -20th April, 2013 Beijing Exhibition Center, China Cut Flower & Potted Plants
The Harrogate  Spring  Flower  Show 25th  – 28th  April  2013 Great Yorkshire Showground
Harrogate North Yorkshire
 Cut flowers and ornamental
Internationa Floriculture Expo June 18 -21, 2013 Miami, US Cut flowers and ornamental
Soko la Maua June 2013 Nairobi Flower for local consumption & florists / small scale growers’  training workshops
KFC AGM  June 2013 Nairobi, Kenya Strategic Plan review and elections
Naivasha Hortifair Fair 13 – 14 September 2013 Naivasha,  Kenya Horticultural products  inputs + industry information meeting
Expo Flora Russia 10th – 12th September 2013 Gotiny Dvor, Exhibition Hall Moscow, Russia Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Flower Expo 9th – 11th September 2013 International Exhibition Complex (MVC) “Crocus-Expo”

Moscow, Russia

Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Florplant Exhibition September 2013 Antalya Cam Piramit Expo Center
during, Antalya Turkey.
Ornamental Plants and Landscaping
International Flower  Expo Tokyo (IFEX) 9th – 11th October 2013 Makuhari Messe, Japan Cut Flower & Potted Plants
IPM Dubai 17th – 19th November 2013 Dubai world Trade Centre, Dubai Cut flowers
International Hortifair 5th – 8th November 2013 Amsterdam Rai , The Netherlands Cut Flower & Potted Plants
IFTF Expo 6th – 8th November 2013 Haarlemmermeer, Vijfhuizen, Holland. Cut Flower & Potted Plants
Floraholland Trade Fair  6th – 8th November 2013 Netherlands Cut flowers

NB: The calendar is subject to change as actual dates for some events are not confirmed



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