Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 March 2017 at 01:21

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 wh

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Myanmar
Posted 13 March 2017 at 09:25

Fruits of labour; Following Myanmar's produce trail

TAKE AN early morning walk down almost any street in the commercial capital and it’s likely you’ll stumble upon a group of street vendors laying out their wares for the day ahead. These stalls sell the fruits and vegetables that Yangonites – both native and adopted – consume on a daily basis.

But where did their produce come from and how did it get here? Frontier travelled to the bustling Thiri Mingalar Market in Hlaing Township, one of the largest wholesale bazaars in the city, to find out.

Orange – lainmaw thee

At this time of year, fruits such as apples, grapes, pears and small oranges that are sold in Yangon mostly come from China. The larger, better quality oranges are grown in Hsipaw in northern Shan State, said fruit vendor Ma Moe Moe.

The small oranges from China, known as pya lainmaw in Myanmar language, are cheap and considered less nutritious. The Shan State oranges are thought to be healthier but are more expensive, she

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Posted By in Horticulture Uganda Page
Posted 9 August 2016 at 05:11

Fighting Fruit Flies

A new series of 6 farmer training videos on fruit fly management is freely downloadable, also in 3gp format for mobile phone viewing, from  Access Agriculture

Learn how fruit flies live, how to tell if they are present, and how to control them follow link: Integrated approach against fruit flies

One of the best practices to control fruit flies is to destroy all fallen fruit in your orchard: collecting fallen fruit against fruit flies

Male fruit flies are attracted by the smell of female fruit flies. This odour is called a pheromone:Mass trapping of fruit flies

There are different types of fruit flies, but all are attracted to food baits that are rich in proteins and sugar

killing fruits flies with food baits

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 3 February 2016 at 01:05


Hello good people!

I am looking for farmers who are growing ekitaferi (soursop fruit). Small scale or large scale are all sort. Please get in touch on +256 772 612621.

Thank you and Happy New year!

SSEKYEWA HENRY you can try me on 0773722300.

1 year 5 months ago

Kuteesa M just made my nursery bed 0706263281

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 February 2016 at 03:49

Report "Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture"

Outcomes of the conference, business innovation competition and exhibition, 25-27 November 2015

With great pleasure we herewith share the final report of the regional event ‘Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture’ organised in November 2015 as a joint initiative by the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), the National Agricultural Export Board of Rwanda (NAEB) and the AgriProFocus network, in collaboration with a group of national and international partners and sponsors.

The event provided a space to meet, exchange about innovations and do business in horticulture, for about 300 conference participants, 96 exhibiting companies, and 600 exhibition visitors. The conference and exhibition were considered as highly relevant by the participants: interviewed farmers said they developed useful contacts with suppliers of seeds, fertilizers, etc. Many participants to the event said they would use the insights right away to improve th

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Geoffrey Lugalia Thank you Nicole for all that you have shared. I've managed to go through all and I must say its quite impressive.

1 year 5 months ago

Jan Willem Eggink Great conference deserves a great report. And we got it. Thank you Nicole!

1 year 5 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus International
Posted 26 October 2015 at 12:40

Export fresh fruit to Europe

Do you want to export fresh fruit to Europe? Make sure you know all about the requirements your product has to comply with, before trying to contact European buyers. For example requirements related to plant health, contaminants and labelling. Read more on the website of the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries!

samya abdul hi ,have also try and its not working if you don't mind would you please re post it as may be there is a slightly defference

1 year 8 months ago

Martin Hulst Dear Wim Goris and Samya Abdul, Hereby the link in another format: Does it work now? I'll change it in the message as well! Best, Martin

1 year 8 months ago

Joshua Muleya Hi, this is great information. I will definitely have a look and follow through.

1 year 8 months ago

Martin Hulst Hi Joshua, good to hear you can use the information! If you have any questions, feel free to ask!

1 year 8 months ago

benard weru the link is working hear in Kenya .good to learn.thanks

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 2 September 2015 at 07:58

Dear young farmers

The rains are finally here!

We still have KP4 purple Passionfruit seedlings @1,800/=

Our nursery is located in Kayunga, after Gayaza

Contact: 0777900519/0772415156

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 6 July 2015 at 07:56


How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in low- and middle-income countries contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?

Following the initial idea of the Topsector Horticulture and Starting Materials, an explorative study has been conducted by LEI Wageningen UR within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) on the potential of the Fruits & Vegetables Sector for Food and Nutrition Security. Although there are many initiatives and programmes to support the horticultural sector in Africa, among which several key programmes of Netherlands Embassies, this study is among the first endeavours to explore the relationship with food and nutrition security. Please find below the link for the full report and study summary titled, “How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security?”

Download the report How does the Fruit and Vegetable Sector contribute to Food and Nutrition Security? 


This short and explorative study focused on the question of

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Claire van der Kleij @ Charity. As discussed when we met today, I will send you an email about the Horticulture Event in Rwanda.

2 years 2 weeks ago

Roel Snelder Hi Angelica can you highlight this on our gender pages as well

2 years 2 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Thanks for the different reactions so far. Readers could also look at the new thematic page on Fruits and Vegetables on the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. It includes a few other very interesting resources about gender & horticulture (see links in the right-hand side of the thematic page). Click this link:

2 years 2 days ago

Lackson Phiri Claire when are coming to Chipata? Am stuck in some areas i where i need help from you. Any way let me know the key players for me to access money. Am now a member of Zambia national farmer s association and got a recommendation from the ministry of agriculture and having an account with Investrust. Have got quotation from Saro for the solar pump but things are not moving.

1 year 12 months ago

Claire van der Kleij Hi Lackson! I responded to your earlier post on Mr. Sinda by email which as my contact details. Please get in touch with me so we can discuss this further.

1 year 12 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 16 June 2015 at 01:09

Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain

Dear all,

My name is Edd Colbert and I am a researcher working for an NGO in the UK called Feedback ( Today I share with you a recent report (attached) produced by Feedback entitled Food Waste In Kenya: uncovering food waste in the horticultural export supply chain.

Feedback have been investigating food waste in Kenya for the last three years, however the most recent visit occurred in December when we met many exporters and farmers  to better understand the social and economic impacts of food waste in this supply chain. We got a lot of support from AgriProFocus Kenya to interact with the exporters and farmers.

The main results from the research concluded that:

· All of the farmers and exporters interviewed for this report expressed having experienced problems with food being rejected on the grounds of cosmetic specifications.

· All farmers interviewed had experienced financial

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Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Hi Edd, You can share with me some photos and maybe a short write up with quotes then i can include links to the report.

2 years 1 month ago

Jillian Kanaiza Makungu Share with me through

2 years 1 month ago

Nicole Metz Dear Edd, Good to know about your research. Please also check the Food & Business Knowledge Platform's website about the theme Food Wastage (f you hadn't) via this link ( ) and the proceedings of these days conference in the Netherlands No More Food to Waste ( ).

2 years 1 month ago

Baraka Songa Thanks Edd for sharing with us this report,I have found it so useful and informative..!!There is a need for reviewing policies and ABC's of conducting international trade on horticultural produce due to the fact that some restriction are too much for a local farmers to match with i.e cosmetic specification

2 years 1 month ago

Edd Colbert Hi Baraka - please email me on address above as it would be great to speak more! Thanks Nicole, my colleagues were at the conference last week which I hear was a success. I will look at the platform now.

2 years 1 month ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 15 June 2015 at 02:52

A horticulture business-delegation from Rwanda visits the Netherlands 

From June 15-19 a horticulture business-delegation from Rwanda -including the Rwandan Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources Mrs. Gerardine Mukeshimana- will visit the Netherlands. This incoming mission is being organized in close cooperation with SPARK, GreenPort Holland, VDS-Acampo, and EKN Kigali. 

The delegation consists of around 12 companies active in the production, trade and processing of agricultural produce (mostly fruit & vegetables, incl. tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, bananas) and distribution of machinery and input-supplies like seed and fertilizers.

Read more on this trade mission here

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 November 2014 at 08:10

Here we are is our trial setup for strawberries in gutters.

John Ssebaale Hullo am not sure why i cannt view the whole picture, I can only view 1/4 of it. If you can please email the picture through

2 years 8 months ago

John Ssebaale I got to view the whole picture must have been a slow connection on my side. This is a great experiment! There could be three factors frustrating your desired results. 1. The plant may be underfed. Strawberries are great feeders. Given the small size of the gutter, nutrients therein may not be adequate to support the plants. You may consider using a largee trough-like container. 2. The plant may either be under or over watered. Did you provide any holes are the bottom of the gutters. If not, this means when you water the plant gets too much water. Too much water cause plant roots to rot and increase the tendency of diseases. It drowns the plant. Also since the garden is in the open water it rain there is too much water. If the gutters are provided with holes at the bottom, when you water, the water washes down the nutrients from the soil, starving the plant of the much needed nutrients. This will stunt the plant. 3. You mentioned getting the straweberries from a roadside vendor. Though not always, these guys do not pay much attention plant quality and disease management. The seedlings may have been infected due to poor management. We are currently working on a vertical garden model for strawberries that is space efficient and affordable. I will keep you update. I hope you find this information helpful.

2 years 8 months ago

MIHAKI FARM Hello John. Thanks very much for your feedback. Some of the factors you mention have certainly contributed to the challenges we have faced. On the issue of water perhaps when we try this in a greenhouse using drip irrigation we may see better results. The experiment is informed by the intention to have more plants in a greenhouse when we finally install them than just having to use the ground in the greenhouse only. The gutters have holes for sure and I think too much water could certainly be an issue. Our next step is to uproot the strawberries we acquired from the roadside plant garden and only remain with the more healthy variety that we got from a friend. If you have a good source of seedlings let us know.

2 years 8 months ago

John Ssebaale Hullo Mihaki, Glad to know that the information shared was helpful. For sure a greenhouse would be ideal and drip irrigation works best. About healthy seedlings at my farm at Nakassaja. In case you are interested please let me know the quantities you need. Thanks

2 years 8 months ago

MIHAKI FARM Hello John, I will drop you email at your email address ( about our seedling requirements.

2 years 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 November 2014 at 07:35

Use, Nutritional and Medicinal value of strawberries

Use: Strawberries can be eaten fresh, cooked or frozen. Can be made into jam, used i

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MIHAKI FARM Hello John do you know about strawberry varieties that do well in Uganda ? We have been trying out on an experimental basis growing of strawberries in gutters but cannot claim very good success. I suspect that the issue we have is the variety we are experimenting with. We just bought some seedlings at a roadside plant garden. Our intention is to grow the strawberries in greenhouses if we succeed in our experiment.

2 years 8 months ago

John Ssebaale Hullo Mihaki, The Chandler variety has done well for me. It seems to have superior qualities compared to other varieties. Kindly elaborate on the challenges you have been having with the experiments. Is it the fruits size that is small, no fruits, etc, a number of factors could be frustrating your effort. Strawberries should be easy plant to grow. Please advise.

2 years 8 months ago

MIHAKI FARM We have not seen the strawberries fruiting as much as they should. We should visit each other at some point so you can see what we are doing and vice versa. We are keen to succeed so perhaps we can learn from your success and also get some seedlings of Chandler variety that seems to be doing well for you. You can reach us at: or 0775 756 722.

2 years 8 months ago

John Ssebaale We shall definately catch up and site visit each others farms and projects. My contacts are; cell phone 0782880869. Will give you a buz in the week. Thanks

2 years 8 months ago

MIHAKI FARM Thank you John. We will be in touch.

2 years 8 months ago