August 2010 Issue 3

KEPHIS/FFP/ growers meetings

KEPHIS in-conjunction with the Kenya Flower Council with the help of the Royal Netherlands embassy has organized a forum to discuss electronic certification of Horticultural produce and its implementation in Kenya to be held on 25th August, 2010 at Norfolk Hotel opposite Nairobi University and Next to Central Police Station starting at 9am. We had indicated earlier that the meeting will be at Serena Hotel but due to unavoidable circumstances we have changed the Venue.

NB: Kindly note that all growers even those who are not FFP members are invited.

Thereafter growers will have a short forum with Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP). 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.

Change of date for Nairobi OSH Management Systems (OHSMS) & QMS internal audit training

OSH Management Systems (OHSMS) & QMS internal audit training scheduled for 23rd to 27th August 2010 at Methodist Guest House, Nairobi has been rescheduled to 6th to 10th September 2010. The venue remains the same. This is as a result of date Friday 27th August been declared a public holiday as it the day the new constitution will be promulgated.

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:

v  Nairobi -  6th to 10th September 2010 at Methodist Guest House

v  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.

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

GlobalGap consultation opens

By: Freshinfo News

The draft version 4 GlobalGap General Regulations (GR) are now available for public consultation for a four-week period from 9 August to 3 September. The GR document has been restructured and streamlined to clarify the rules for different markets. Any clauses that not applicable to a certain standard will be explained in a standard-specific introduction.

There are three parts to the consultation the third of which becomes available for comments on 18 August.

All documents are available on www.globalgap.org/publiccomments

Horti Fair 2010 – 12 to 15 October Amsterdam RAI

The theme of this year’s Horti Fair, which is being held in Amsterdam RAI from 12 to 15 October, is ‘earning sustainably’. The Horti Fair is a completely unique platform, for both participants and visitors, for introducing new products and services, for acquiring and reinforcing contacts and for striking effective business deals

FloraHolland and the Horti Fair recently announced that as from 2011 they will be working together to organize the international Holland HortiWeek in the first week of November. The FloraHolland Trade Fair in Aalsmeer, the Horti Fair in Amsterdam and other activities, such as open days at nurseries and trading companies, will then be taking place under a single umbrella in the same week.

In 2010 the FloraHolland Trade Fair in Aalsmeer will be organized in November, while the Horti Fair will still be taking place in October.

The International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTF) is organizing a trade fair for breeders and international growers in November 2010 in Vijfhuizen. Because this event coincides with the FloraHolland Trade Fair, FloraHolland and the IFTF have agreed to operate joint bus services in order to make life easier for the (international) visitor to both events.

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