Africa’s horticulture players get boost during IFTEX 2018

iftex 2The seventh edition of IFTEX, held in Nairobi from 6-8 June 2018, has ended successfully, displaying high-quality and diversified flowers along with creative stand building, according to the visitors

The three-day event started off by the official opening held in the auditorium of the Oshwal Centre in Westlands Nairobi, the place where the exhibition traditionally takes place. The guest of honour was Dr Chris Kiptoo, Kenyan vice-minister of foreign affairs and international trade. He praised all players in the flower industry for their contribution to Kenya’s export economy.

Winners of the Competition in the Best Stand Design in the category Non Perishables were: Bronze for Afrex/Cargolite, Silver for Panalpina, Gold for Elgon Kenya Ltd and Platinum for Royal Flora Holland. In the category Perishables winners were: Bronze for Oserian, Silver for Subati, Gold for Omang & Amor/Decofresh and Platinum for Fontana/Black Tulip.

Winners of the best grower quality competition in the category other cut flowers were: Bronze for gypshophila Cosmic of Tropiflora (Fontana), Silver for hydrangea Magical Trophy of Flora Delight Ltd, Gold for alstroemeria White Pears of Batian Flowers and Platinum for chrysanthemum Anastasia Green of Utee Estate Ltd (Black Tulip). In the category Roses the awards went to: Bronze for the standard rose Beyond Zero of Fontana, Silver for the garden rose Charming Lady of Oserian, Gold for the standard rose Crimson Sky of Fontana and Platinum for the standard rose Tiara of Uhuru Flowers.

IFTEX was held this year along the newly launched FPA, a trade fair in line of the IFTEX mission, but especially set up for the vegetable, fruit and herb industry of Kenya. About 50 growers of fresh produce were exhibiting in Fresh Produce Africa (FPA), located in a separate hall adjacent to the IFTEX halls.

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