Horticulture

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 9 hours 2 min ago

East-West Seed supports Myanmar government in improving the productivity of vegetable farmers

Registered as a foreign company in Myanmar, East-West Seed is engaged in producing and distributing high quality vegetable seeds, as well as providing training to farmers through its Knowledge Transfer activities.

The Hague, 20 April 2017 -- A high level political delegation from Myanmar, led by second vice president of Myanmar, H.E. Henry Van Thio visited the Netherlands from 19-23 April. East-West Seed, represented by Ard Groot (vice chairman of the Supervisory Board), took part in a dinner reception for the Myanmar delegation along with other private Dutch companies who are operating in Myanmar.

Other members of the high level delegation are the minister of Transport and Communications, H.E. U Thant Sin Maung, the chief minister of Yangon, H.E. U Phyo Min Thein, and the chief minister of Ayeyarwady, H.E. Mahn Johnny.

“We are honored to have this opportunity to share with the leaders of Myan

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Tanzania Agri-Infra event

Event posted by in Horticulture in Tanzania
  31 May 2017, All Day Event
  Netherlands

TANZANIA AGRI-INFRA EVENT

On May 31st, there will be a Tanzania Agri- Infra Event, organized by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), the ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and NABC. The event will take place at RVO, and will focus on the following sectors: Agrologistics, Infrastructure, Fruit & Vegetable Sourcing and Potatoes. Registration will open soon.



Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 1 week 6 days ago

Uganda Horticulture MSP Meeting outcomes

The Horticulture Multi stakeholder platform Met and discussed important issues affecting the horticulture sector in Uganda. The following is what was agreed upon;

  I. Registration and Launch of the Horticulture MSP

Members proposed to have the platform registered as a network association so it can be recognised as a legal entity; to enable the platform mobilize financial resources through partnerships with member organisations. The launch of the MSP will proceed after the completion of the registration process.

   II. Increase Visibility of the Platform.

Members proposed that there is need to mobilise more stakeholders to join the platform using the diamond approach of Government, private sector, research and Knowledge institutions to be interested to join the platform. The working committee was entrusted to identify potential stakeholders.

  III. Capacity Building

Following the Europ

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Empower East Africa 

Introduction

Empower East Africa was founded in 2010 with the aim of providing the markets with safe and quality food through effective training of outgrowers and using the best seeds, fertilizers, chemicals, tools and equipment. The Company is a limited company registered in Uganda and licensed to export fresh fruits and vegetables.

The fruits and vegetables export

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables is one of the fastest growing sectors in Uganda and it is listed as a strategic export in the Uganda Strategic Exports Program. Uganda has unmatched comparative advantage for growing fruits and vegetables due to its warm, less humid climate, plentiful rainfall and vast opportunities for irrigation. Soils of PH 5 to 6.5 are most ideal for most fruits and vegetables and vast areas of Uganda have this PH. The sector employs a large number of people and horticulture exports are worth US$35 million per year. Uganda is currently the second largest producer of FFV in sub-S

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 3 weeks 2 days ago

In case you missed it, the Business Drinks event was great

AgriProFocus, in partnership with Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG), organized the second Business Drinks of the year on 30th of March 2017 at Black Rose Lounge, Addis Ababa. The Business Drinks have been organized since 2015 for the purpose of bringing together the agribusiness and agricultural development community for an informal interaction and networking.

On this last Thursday’s event 55 members of AgriProFocus as well as people from partner organizations were present. As always it was interesting to see new faces and to hear pitches about new ideas and innovations. We tried to summarize the pitches in the following manner, so that they could reach those who missed the event.

Belaineh Mekonnen is a researcher and founder of MOMALLOT, which is a private soil fertility research organization in Ethiopia. His organization is “working on the impact of the new way of home gardening through self-wa

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 3 weeks 4 days ago

Looking for opportunities in the fresh produce sector in Kenya? Join the mission!

Are you active in the horticultural sector and interested in the growing Kenyan market? Looking for clients, suppliers or partners to cooperate with? Do you want concrete (financial) support for an interesting lead? Then join the HortIMPACT trade mission to Kenya from 16 to 19 May 2017. HortIMPACT is a programme supported by the Dutch Embassy that invests in the development of the fresh produce sector and is looking for Dutch partners from the private sector to cooperate with.


During the trade mission we offer you:

  • A tailor-made programme for your company

  • Matchmaking with Kenyan and Dutch companies

  • Field visits to companies and initiatives that are relevant to you

  • Personal meetings with companies and organisations from the horticulture sector

  • A focused exploration of activities that you want to start in Kenya with our team of experts


The mission takes place from the 16 until the 18 or 19th of May. You can decide

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 weeks 15 hours ago

Effect of Colored Polyethylene Mulch on Soil Temperature, Growth, Fruit Quality and Yield of Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill.)

Authors: Tewodros Tesfaye, Endalew Tigabu, Yohannes Gedamu, Hayal Lemma
Publisher: World Journal of Agricultural Sciences

The experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of different colored plastic sheets as mulching on the performance of tomato yield, quality parameters and soil temperature. The average fruit diameter varied from 38.57 mm (control) to 43.46 mm (Blue colored plastic mulch). Plastic mulches were superior over and significantly different from control considering the average fruit diameter. However, there is no any significant variation among tested plastic mulches. The variation within plastic was 42.94 to 43.46 mm. Average fruit firmness black and blue plastic mulches have above average fruit firmness as compare to control and clear plastic. Even if there is no significant variation among plastic mulches, black (4.102 kg)

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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Easter GARDEN

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INTAKE 3-YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM-AGROMAX(U)LIMITED

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Uganda
  18 April 2017 to 13 October 2017 - All Day Event
  agromax

Hands-on training program for youth aged 18-35 years in principles and practices of commercialized agriculture, greenhouse management, open field production, irrigation system installation and management, entrepreneurship and business development. 

We offer both 3 months and 6 months training program with residential facilities on site.Our next intake commences on 18th April 2017.


Limited slots available so apply today.

For more information, contact us on 

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

Invitation to participate and spread the word -FAO-e-discussion: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems 

I am delighted to extend this invitation to you to participate in the above mentioned e -discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and

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Posted By in Youth in Agribusiness Uganda
Posted 1 month 1 week ago

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Join hundreds of youth that are benefiting from a residential hands on training program at Agromax(U)Limited in Luteete on Gayaza road.

Here is an opportunity to change your life and those of the people around you by acquiring skills in greenhouse farming and management, irrigation system installation, application and management, nursery management, forestry, business development through investment clubs, marketing and value addition among others.

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Posted By in Horticulture Conference 2015 - Kigali - Rwanda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

FAO-e-discussion (6 to 27 March 2017)

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems

Invitation to participate in this e-discussion forum, which is an extension of the on going discussion on SCPI of Horticulture based systems.

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensificatio

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Innocent Chamisa Thanks for sharing Nicole

1 month 1 week ago

Innocent Chamisa Further to this -continuation Save & Grow Series - You can participate in the on going Global e-Forum  here :                                                                                                                                     https://dgroups.org/fao/scpi-hortcrops. 

Welcome to the online discussion forum on sustainable crop production intensification (SCPI) of horticulture based systems (mainly fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers.)

How can we produce more with less?

With this discussion forum, FAO aims to bring together experts of all levels from scientists who study the potential of sustainable crop production, to the practitioners who apply sustainable horticultural practices - to exchange their experiences, new findings and challenges faced. FAO recently launched three “Save and Grow” guidebooks accessible at http://www.fao.org/ag/save-and-grow/ that explain principles of an ecosystem-based approach to sustainable crop production intensification.

Future generations will rely more and more on resilient food supply systems because of known challenges such as a growing world population, urbanization, land degradation, and climate change. We need to find ways to produce more from the same area of land while conserving natural resources, reducing negative impacts on the environment and enhancing natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services.

You can participate by sending your contributions to the proposed discussion questions to:

SCPI-Hortcrops@dgroups.org.
Alternatively, you can share your contributions directly on the discussion board.The message will reach all members and will be automatically stored on the platform.




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Fortunatus MLYANDENA Superb

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Innocent Chamisa Fortunatus , looking forward to your contributions, in case any  difficulties..., please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Rwanda - ''Dutch investors explore horticulture sector potential''

Source: The New Times

Seven visiting Dutch companies have expressed interest to invest in Rwanda’s horticulture sector.

The investors were in the country for a two-day visit to explore investment opportunities in the horticulture sector including the flower industry.

They are seeking strong partnerships and collaboration to help boost the industry, according to Marjolijn Sonnema, Netherland’s Vice Minister in charge of Agriculture and Economic Affairs.

The delegation paid a courtesy visit to the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) to further understand the sector’s potential in terms of trade and investment.

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08

e-discussion Forum ICTs-4-SCPI-Hortcrops

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Zambia
  08 March 2017 to 27 March 2017 - All Day Event
  Italy

This forum on ICTs in Sustainable Crop Production Intensification (SCPI) of horticulture crop based systems (mainly on fruits, vegetables, roots and tubers) is part of a broader discussion that aims to present the on-going evolution in agriculture and horticulture as a continuous trend towards the goal to “produce more with less”. The ICTs and emerging technologies in agriculture promise to be a good arsenal in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The role of ICTs in SCPI is likely to gain more and more importance in horticulture as well.

This online forum seeks to encourage and gather success stories in the application and use of ICTs in sustainable intensification of horticulture crop production systems. These technologies include, but are not limited to, mobile phone technology, geographic information systems, remote sensing, precision and other innovative smart farming technologies.

In this discussion participants are encouraged to share the motivations for adopting innov

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 1 month 3 weeks ago

AgriProFocus Zambia collaboration with Hivos Women@Work Campaign


AgriProFocus Zambia conducted a two day workshop for Hivos during their  Annual Partners' Planning and Training Session held in Lusaka from February 27th to March 4th for Eastern and Southern Africa partners. This workshop was to help the Hivos partners and staff to have a better understanding of the Horticulture Value Chain in the East and Southern African region. The partners included women lawyers associations, labor and trade unions, and farmer organisations. Hivos and each partners see an opportunity to promote decent work for women who earn their living in global production chains, specifically in the flower, fruits and vegetable industries. 

We  introduced the partners to our Toolkits on Gender in Value Chains and It Takes Two to Trade that they can use in practice to identify the constraints women and men face in the horticulture sector. Presentations were given by network members and partners: Dutc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

DryDEV REPORT: Highlights of 6 Farmer Exposure Days 

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AgriProFocus Kenya in 2016 organized 6 farmer exposure events in the lower Eastern counties – Machakos, Makueni and Kitui. The structure of the farmer exposure events provided a platform for farmers to learn and also share experiences with other stakeholders. The value chains of focus as per the DryDEV program included; pulses, indigenous poultry, goat, honey and mangoes. However other complimentary aspects for instance water management were also addressed in some of the field days. A lead farmer in each area was identified to host the farmer exposure visit. This provided an opportunity for peer learning.


The objectives of the exposure events are:

1. To provide a platform for farmers to link and learn about market requirement on quality, quantity and logistics

2. To expose and link farmers to value chain financing opportunities

3. Provide opportunity for farmers to learn about products, services and technolo

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Posted 2 months 6 days ago

Posted by Dorina Prech in AgriProFocus Kenya 8 months 2 weeks ago

UPDATED POST: Successful 12 Farmer Field Days!

DOWNLOAD 2016 REPORT HERE

Dear Friends,

As you have probably seen from the updates from our field consultants, this past few months have been a beehive of activity for the HortImpact project. We supported the HortIMPACT team to organise and facilitate 12 very successful field days in 9 Counties: Kiambu, Nakuru, Laikipia, Nyeri, Nyandarua, Narok, Nyandarua, Uasin Gishu and Meru.  A number of input suppliers were present, including: Koppert Biologicals, Syngenta, Real IPM among others; seed companies like Kenya Highland Seed, financial institutions and insurance companies like Equity Bank, Family Bank, UAP Insurance, SACCOs among others.  

In this report, you will find an analysis of what made the field days successful. One of the key components is farmers and exhibitors mobilisation - what strategies were used, what made the strategies effective and what lessons can be learned. It also highlights what techniques and technologies wer

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 2 months 6 days ago

Call for Proposals | SNV | Horti-LIFE

Submission Deadline: March 14, 2017, 6:00PM 

Netherland Development Organisation (SNV)
Grant Opportunities
In
Smallholder Chain Integration Projects in Fruit and Vegetable Sector


Background

SNV Netherlands Development Organisation is a not-for-profit international organisation founded in the Netherlands SNV Ethiopia works in 310 woredas of Amhara, Oromia, SNNP and Tigray regions. Aligning with the priorities of the Government of Ethiopia in agriculture, energy and water, sanitation and hygiene, we implement innovative solutions to increase people's income and employment opportunities.

Currently, SNV Ethiopia implements a 3 year horticulture project called Horti-LIFE in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources (MoANR) funded by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN). The overall goal of the project is to increase export and the food and nutritional securit

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Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi, i am  interested in this fund of horticulture. The vegetables we develop are carrots and tomatoes. We want to enlarge our land. 

1 month 1 week ago

Mukamusoni Marie Louise Hi Didier, we appreciate for training about online platform. we want to accumulate more knowledge.

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in Publications
Posted 2 months 1 week ago

Une solution efficace pour conserver la tomate pendant plusieurs mois

Une nouvelle technique  de conservation de la tomate  a vu le jour au Burundi. Il s'agit de la conservation de la tomate par la cendre, une méthode pas chère pour de petits exploitants agricoles!!!!

Pour en savoir plus "http://wire.farmradio.fm/fr/farmer-stories/2016/11/burundi-des-agriculteurs-decouvrent-une-nouvelle-technique-de-conservation-des-tomates-15455"

Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 2 months 2 weeks ago

East-West Seed launch agricultural scholarship program to celebrate 35th anniversary


To celebrate its 35th anniversary, vegetable seed company East-West Seed is launching a scholarship program that will enable 35 children of farmers to pursue undergraduate courses in agriculture.

The Simon Groot Scholarship will support farmers children that study agriculture related subjects. Named the "Simon Groot Scholarship Program for Agriculture", the program will provide an opportunity for 35 students - sons and daughters of farmers - to pursue an agriculture degree in public agriculture colleges and universities.

"Agricultural education is one of the most powerful investments we can make for the future,” says Simon Groot, founder of East-West Seed. "We must encourage farmers' children to carry on the their parents' legacy by equipping them with scientific and practical knowledge to turn farming into a thriving business and a sustainable source of livelihood for their communities."

The scholarship

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

What can Ethiopia learn from Kenya in Horticulture Sector Development?

AgriProFocus Kenya recently facilitated a horticulture study tour by SNV Ethiopia and Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. These two partners are implementing a programme called Horticultural Livelihoods, Innovation and Food safety in Ethiopia (Horti-LIFE), while SNV Kenya is implementing  a programme called Kenya Market led Horticulture Programme (HortIMPACT) in Kenya.  The tour consisted of programme presentations, select stakeholder meetings and field visits to beneficiaries. 

Objectives of the tour:

     · To understand the Kenya national experience in horticulture development.

     · To learn from SNV Kenya experience in agricultural development in horticulture sector.

The Ethiopian delegation, led by the State Minister for Agriculture and Natural Resources, comprised of high level officials from the national directorates and region

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