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Flower show to display other fresh produce

A campaign to attract national and international buyers of fresh produce from the region will be launched during the first edition of the Fresh Produce Africa (FPA) exhibition set to be held in Nairobi next month

The event’s organizers, HPP International Exhibitions Group, says the trade expo will be held alongside International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTEX) from June 6 to June 8, at the Visa Oshwal Exhibition Centre in Westlands, Nairobi. It is designed to serve the specific needs in the Kenyan fresh produce industry.

“Kenya, being one of the most important fruit and vegetable producing countries in Africa, is in urgent need for its own platform where growers, suppliers and buyers of the vegetable and fruit sector can meet,” said Dick Van Raamsdonk, Director General, HPP Exhibitions Group.

Speaking on the sidelines of a series of planning meetings for the expo, Raamsdonk said they will provide an opportunity for growers to present their fresh produce ready for exports to buyers.  “Suppliers will also have a chance to showcase to both growers and buyers of fresh produce their latest technology solutions and innovations as well as value added processing and packaging methods  for  improved efficiency in fresh produce operations,” he said.

To encourage farmers, registration fees will be waived while floor space charges for the first 12sqm and stand construction costs  will also be free of charge.  “The aim is to increase the volume of fresh produce exported from Kenya,” he said.

Raamsdonk said they are inviting buyers from abroad instead of taking growers and their products to foreign exhibitions. “We will bring together marketers and merchandiser of fresh produce from all over the globe,” he added.

The campaign, which has already 50 fresh produce exhibitors confirmed, will run for three weeks before the official launch of the expo on May 22.

Source: MediaMax





Horticulture Fair set for June

The annual International Floriculture Trade Fair (IFTEX), will this year feature Fresh Produce Africa (FPA) exhibition, a new fair designed to focus exclusively on the specific needs of the Kenyan fresh produce sector.

The exhibition which will run from June 6 to 8 at the Oshwal Centre in Nairobi, will showcase the country's potential in fresh produce production and hence attract more growers to the sector, according to Dick van Raamsdonk, the general director of HPP International Exhibitions Group, the events' organisers.

"The FPA exhibition basically targets to bring the global consumers of fresh produce to the products' producers (growers), and in effect give them the insight into how these crops are produced," said Mr van Raamsdonk.

According to him, the flower industry has even more competition compared to fresh produce sector, in the Kenyan context, the more reason why growers should venture more into the business of growing fresh produce. "For a long time, the flower industry has overshadowed fresh produce in many aspects. This exhibition will thus strive to uplift the status of other fresh produces such as vegetables, herbs, fruits such as avocados and even tubers," he said.

Source: Daily Nation, -Brian Okinda





Kenya's horticultural exports up 12.8%

Kenya’s earnings from horticulture exports rose 12.8 per cent for the second year to register a Sh13 billion more earnings value to Sh115.32 billion from fruits, cut flowers and vegetables. The sector earned a record Sh101.51 billion in 2016, another 12 per cent rise from 2015. According to latest government data, cut flowers made a 16 per cent increase in value last year to Sh82.24 billion from Sh70.82 billion in 2016. The sector contributed 1.44 per cent of the country’s GDP.

At the same time, quantity of cut flowers went up from 133.65 metric tonnes exported in 2016 to 159.96 metric tonnes last year, according to the data.

Fruit exports made a 23 per cent growth in value from Sh7.31 billion in 2016 to Sh9 billion last year, shipping 59.94 metric tonnes compared to 48.65 tonnes the year before.

Vegetables registered the smallest marginal increase of two per cent in value of exports to Sh24 billion, up from Sh23.3 billion in 2016.

Horticulture is a major foreign exchange earner alongside tea, remittances from Kenyans living abroad and tourism. Areas around Lake Naivasha and Bahati in Nakuru County, Limuru and Thika in Kiambu County are known for large scale farming of flowers, vegetables and fruits for export, mainly to the EU markets.
Since 2012, the industry has faced challenges in the EU market as pesticide residues, and quarantined pests have cost billions in losses.

In 2014 the EU gave Kenya an ultimatum to ensure all produce meant for the market should not contain more than 2 per cent of chemicals or herbicide sprayed on the crop or lose the Sh100 billion market.

Last year, industry stakeholders launched the KS1758 Part Two standard for fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices to enable the horticulture sector articulate specific sector concerns jointly.

The two standards bring all exporters and handlers under a standard practice and will be the basis on which export permits are issued in the coming years. This will eliminate the possibility of any rogue practice and lack of proper documentation that has in the past led to expensive interceptions at the market entry in the EU.

Source: The Star, Kenya





Date change for Fresh Produce Africa (FPA)

The dates of the first edition of the international trade exhibition for the fresh vegetables and fruits industry “Fresh Produce Africa” (FPA) will be moved from April 17-19 to Wednesday June 6 - Friday June 8, 2018. Furthermore as a result the fair will remain at the Oshwal Center, but will move to another location inside and will now take place downstairs in Hall G.

Following the decision that was taken during the last exhibitor meeting on FPA, which was held in the Southern Mayfair hotel, it was agreed to reschedule the dates in order to attract more international buyers to attend the fair.

Afterwards the organizers came to the conclusion that it might be a good and logical idea to make a connection with the yearly held IFTEX trade fair by organizing FPA simultaneously with IFTEX. This idea was implemented and as a result the new dates for FPA have become the me as the ones for IFTEX, i.e. Wednesday June 6 to Friday June 8, 2018.

We do hope and trust that you all will agree and understand the change of the dates as well as the connection that has been made with IFTEX and we look forward to your participation in FPA this year in June.





Beware of Possible Hotel Fraud

There are 'unofficial' companies aggressively pursuing attendees/exhibitors to book discounted hotel rooms through their company. Unfortunately, some past attendees/exhibitors have fallen prey to these companies and have either:

  • Been relocated with little or no warning
  • Lost their significant deposits
  • Not had the guest rooms they thought they had booked
  • Not had the hotel they thought they had booked
  • etc.

This has caused great hardship to these companies and individuals. Reservations made through an agency will be at your own risk. We advise you to book directly with hotels and not through a third party.

Such companies should be avoided, as there are no agencies affiliated to HPP Exhibitions, other than those mentioned on our website!





 Wednesday June 6, 2018
 11:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.

 Thursday June 7, 2018
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.

 Friday June 8, 2018
 10:00 a.m. - 06:00 p.m.
 Show hours.

 Oshwal Center
 Nairobi (Parklands)

 HPP Exhibitions
 Saxen Weimarlaan 54hs
 P.O. Box 625
 1000 AP Amsterdam
 The Netherlands

 Phone: +31-20-6622482
 Contact: Mrs. Patricia Peláez
 Email: patricia@hpp.nl