July 2010 Issue 4

Floriculture Industry Executive Forum

The Kenya Flower Council in conjunction with PKF Kenya has organized a Floriculture Industry Executive Forum to inform the floriculture industry stakeholders on the emerging issues in Tax, Banking & Finance, Instruments of trade, Export Trade Insurance, Venture Capital and the impact of climate change. A panel of guest expert speakers has been lined up to give presentations and guide discussions on the various emerging issues affecting the floriculture industry. The forum will be held on the 12th of August 2010 at the Southern Sun Mayfair Inn-Parklands (Formerly Holiday Inn) starting from 8.00am to 4.00pm.

Registration to the event

Registration to the event will cost Kshs 5,800 per person and it covers lunch and presentation of seminar materials. To register kindly contact Saum on pkfpr@ke.pkfea.com or telephone 020 444 6616-9 or Evans on finance@kenyaflowercouncil.org or telephone 020 204 3077/83 or 0733 639 523. Additional information and registration form can be downloaded from our website; www.kenyaflowercouncil.org.

Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2010 – 10th and 11th September 2010

The Naivasha Horticultural Fair 2010 will be held on Friday 10th & Saturday 11th September 2010 at the Naivasha Sports Club.  The Kenya flower Council will be participating in the event. The Horticultural Fair started in 2002 to bring together exhibitors and visitors in a spacious and pleasant environment at affordable prices.  Naivasha is not only striking and central but it is home to one of the largest horticultural communities in East Africa.
The event will be sponsored by Kenya Commercial Bank KCB. All the money collected goes to local and national charities with a focus on, but not limited to, caring for woman and children.  Children homes, community clinics, HIV/AIDS projects, schools and hospitals all benefit, as well as small desperate case by case donations that make an enormous difference to people’s lives.

Changes in KEPHIS charges.

With effect from July 2010 the following charges apply;

  1. Inspection fees                                                                                 : 20cts per kilo
  2. Conformity certificate                                                                      : Ksh1,000/- per certificate
  3. Phytosanitary certificate                                                           : Ksh200/- per certificate
  4. Phytosanitary certificate for Plant Propagation material          : Ksh1,000/- per certificate

It’s back. Returning to the World Fruit & Vegetable Show is the Innovation Award.

Sponsored by

The search is now on, for outstanding innovations from within the international fresh produce industry, at The World Fruit & Vegetable Show 2010. ASDA, one of the largest supermarket chains in the UK, have teamed up with The World Fruit & Vegetable Show, to present the Innovation Award, at the event held on 27th-28th October.

Restricted exclusively to exhibitors taking part in the UKs only international trade fair, for fruit vegetables and flowers, the ASDA Innovation Award will be presented by Dominic Edwards, Head of Fresh Produce for ASDA, at a special event for exhibitors, guests and the press, following the opening ceremony for the show.

Presented for innovations from the fruit, vegetable and flower trade and related service sectors, the award recognizes new products or services, which truly break new ground in the fresh produce sector. It is expected that this will become an important industry award and will attracted widespread interest among trade specialists and the media.

Applications will be accepted until 24th September 2010. Each company will be limited to one product nomination and all products will be on display in the innovation display area at the exhibition, for the duration of the two day event.

Details of competition entry and rules are available on www.wfvexpo.com

KFC organized trainings

Kenya flower council organized two trainings for its members are still on.

The trainings will be as follows:

OSH Management Systems (OHSMS) & QMS internal audit training

The training targeting all farm Internal Auditors will be based on ISO 9001, SA 8000 as management and other systems policy initiatives promoting the sustainability. This will enhance production and adoption of a management system (MS) in line with local and international Standards suitable for management and decision making.

The training will be carried out in two regions:

Nairobi – 23rd to 27th august 2010 at Methodist Guest House

Naivasha –  30th August to 3rd September 2010 at Fish Eagle

The cost of attendance is Kshs. 27,500 exclusive of 16% VAT per person. It includes costs of venue, meals and trainers fee.  Participants will cater for their own accommodation.

Productivity training

The training targeting Genera/Farm Managers, Human Resource Managers, Production Managers and Pack House Managers will be on tested and tried productivity improved tools, including introduction to lifecycle assessment (for carbon footprint.)

Venue Changes

The training will not take place in Nanyuki and Nairobi as scheduled. It will take place in one venue Naivasha on 10th and 11th August 2010

The cost of attendance is kshs. 33,000 exclusive of 16% VAT per person. It includes costs of the venue, meals and trainers fee. Participants will cater for their own accommodation.

For more information on the trainings kindly contact Kenya Flower Council on kfc@wananchi.com or info@kenyaflowercouncil.org

KEPHIS meeting with growers

KEPHIS will hold a meeting with the growers on 25th August, 2010 on the Implementation of CLIENT Kenya project. The Objective of Project on implementation of Client Tool in Kenya’s horticulture export certification process is to introduce an electronic certification process that is more convenient and cost effective than the current paper certification process.

FFP growers meetings

Fair Flowers Fair Plants will have their FFP Board Meeting scheduled for August 2010 in Kenya. The Meetings will start from 23rd to 25th August, 2010. The chairman of Kenya flower Council Hon. Erastus Mureithi and Chief Executive Officer Jane Ngige will represent Kenya Flower Council. During the same, there will be stakeholder’s joint meeting. FFP will hold a meeting with the Kenyan growers on 25th August 2010. The venue will be communicated in due coarse.

WTO’s Rules Group Gets a New Chair

Dennis Francis, WTO Ambassador from Trinidad and Tobago, is the new chair of the Doha Round’s Negotiating Group on Rules. He follows Uruguayan Ambassador Guillermo Valles Galmés, who left the position earlier this year. Valles stepped down as chair earlier this year leaving a legacy of progressive action on fisheries subsidies.

Francis was elected during an informal committee meeting in Geneva on 13 July. Speaking to the group, Francis expressed his commitment to doing everything to move work forward, while recognizing that the issues still not agreed will probably be difficult to resolve.

Francis has served as his country’s ambassador to the WTO since 2006; during that time, he acted as chair of the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) from late 2008 until mid-2009. He is also Trinidad and Tobago’s ambassador to the United Nations, along with several other Geneva-based international organizations.

Francis has been a career diplomat for the past 30 years, serving in a variety of posts. He has worked in several divisions of his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago to Jamaica from 1999 until his move to Geneva in 2006.

The rules group focuses on negotiating disciplines on several topics, including fisheries subsidies, anti-dumping, subsidies and countervailing measures, and WTO provisions applying to regional trade agreements (RTAs).

Ewald van Vliet is new chairman international Horti Fair

Ewald van Vliet, the mayor of the horticultural municipality of Lansingerland, is Marius Varekamp’s successor as chairman of the International Horti Fair. Another five new board members took office at the same time as Van Vliet and three board members are continuing their activities. “The new board provides the required combination of entrepreneurship and organizational experience. In addition, the reorientation of the Horti Fair made it clear that the bond with horticulture has to be made stronger in administrative terms as well. Both these goals have now been achieved,” states outgoing chairman Varekamp.

The Horti Fair horticultural trade show combines the aim of commercial success for participants and visitors with the higher goal of positioning and raising the profile of the economic and social significance of (inter)national horticulture for the Netherlands. During the coming edition of the exhibition in the Amsterdam RAI from 12 to 15 October inclusive, the plans will be announced for the Holland HortiWeek (working title), which they will be organizing jointly with the FloraHolland Trade Fair for the first time in November 2011. “The Horti Fair is in favour of bundling the range available at trade fairs and against fragmentation,” assert Varekamp and his successor Van Vliet.

photo: Ewald van Vliet (rechts) en Marius Varekamp

International  SAWSANA  Agricultural Exhibition VI 2011

The Technical Consultancy Center organizes the International SAWSANA Agricultural Exhibition annually, which considers the first agricultural exhibition in Jordan, and its start was in 2003, and achieved wide resonated with all related and workers in this sector. The exhibition will be held for the sixth time in during the period from 26-28/4/2011

Media- Marketing & promotion:

An intensive, professional and comprehensive media campaign is taking place for marketing the 6th International SAWSANA  Exhibition     2011 by developed methods inside Jordan, the Middle East and the neighboring regions in addition to Europe and worldwide.

Specialties Participating:

The company gets:

  1. Free Ads in the official exhibition guide
  2. Free page containing information of your company in both Arabic and English in the exhibition official guide.
  3. Free participation in the activities accompanying the exhibition.

Visit www.tc-center.com for more information.

TUBERCULOSIS AT WORKPLACE

By: Geoffrey Mukabane, KAPTLD

TB, as is commonly known is a serious disease that tends to strike mostly at individuals between ages of 15 and 54, i.e. those in their reproductive prime. It affects both sexes but males are more affected.

TB is a global epidemic and therefore a global concern with prevalence of 300 cases per 100,000 people in some parts of Africa. In countries with high HIV burden like Kenya, TB is particularly high since TB spread is fueled by HIV as well.

TB poses many costs on businesses. The disease affects mostly people in working age. In addition to the suffering and loss of worker’s income, it disrupts the workflow, reduces productivity, and increases both direct costs, related to care and treatment, and indirect costs, such as the replacement and retaining workers. Without effective treatment, employees with TB will often spend months off work. Given effective treatment, however, many employees can safely return to work within 2-4 weeks.

It is therefore imperative that diagnosis of TB is made promptly to avoid longer periods of suffering, off duty, and unproductivity. TB can also be transmitted from one worker to another, especially where workers have to work close to each other or where ventilation is not adequate. There is need to develop strategies to ensure early suspicion and detection of TB among workers.

A worker on TB treatment will be required to go to hospital to collect drugs every once a week in the first two months and once a fortnight for the next four months. This amounts to significant loss of working hours. One way of avoiding this is to start TB drugs collection point in or near the workplaces so that only minimal work time is wasted.

KAPTLD (Kenya Association for Prevention of TB and Lung Disease) together with Ministry of Public Health’s Division of Leprosy, TB and Lung Disease, DLTLD would intends to work with companies and corporate sector to help address above challenges.

KAPTLD together with DLTLD intends to invite Personnel Managers to deliberate on above issues.

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