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Paul Smits is freelance journalist die werkt in opdracht van onder andere De Boomkwekerij

Betel Flowers wants to differentiate with exotic flowers

Surrounded by rose nurseries in flower country Ecuador, Betel Flowers tries to differentiate with exotic specimens. Protea (sugarbush) isn’t a common sight in this...

Traffic restrictions hinder Ecuadorean flower sector

The Ecuadorean flower trade is hindered by traffic restrictions in Quito. Interest organisation Expoflores has raised the issue together with other branch organisations.The Ecuadorean...

Expoflores: ‘We hebben hulp nodig, geen belemmeringen’

Verkeersbeperkingen treffen de bloemhandel in Ecuador. Belangenorganisatie Expoflores heeft daarom, samen met andere sectororganisaties, aan de bel getrokken bij de overheid.In Ecuador is na...

Structureel minder farms en areaal in Ecuador

Het is een heftig jaar voor de bloemensector in Ecuador. Het begon met onrust in het najaar van 2019. Tientallen kwekerijen werden plat gelegd,...

COVID causing structural damage to Ecuadorean floriculture

Ecuador was hit hard by the coronavirus. They have a high number of infected cases. The images of bodies lying in the streets of...

Alstroemeria in Colombia: big increase has come to a halt

Alstroemeria has been thriving in Colombia. Even if exports have stopped increasing due to oversupply, growers still see opportunities. The producers of premium brand...

Augusto Solano: ‘Double the flower export is an ambition’

Colombia has major plans for the flower industry. The South American country’s president Iván Duque announced he wants to double the exports to 3...

Dead flowers provide relief in Ecuador

The flowers that were lost during the unrest in Ecuador last October, are now going to be used for the Dead Flower Project. The...

Dode Ecuadoraanse bloemen als pleister op de wonde

Bloemen die verloren gegaan zijn tijdens de oktoberonrust in Ecuador worden ingezet in het Dead Flower Project.  In gedroogde vorm worden ze tot half...

‘The number of flowers brought to the market is huge’

Carlos Proaño of Azaya Gardens grows roses at an 11-ha farm in Ecuador. He’s noticed an increase in competition and supply. “That doesn’t help...

Ecuadorean floriculture recovering from nursery attacks

The recent unrest in Ecuador came to an end when a deal was made on Monday 14 October. The protests against the economic measures...

32 nurseries in Ecuador attacked by protesters

In the ongoing turmoil in Ecuador, 32 nurseries near the capital city of Quito were attacked by protesters last Monday. Employees were forced to...

32 kwekerijen in Ecuador aangevallen door demonstranten

Bij de onrust in Ecuador zijn maandag in de buurt van hoofdstad Quito 32 kwekerijen aangevallen door demonstranten. Personeel werd gedwongen te stoppen met...

Unrest in Ecuador affects flower exports

The turmoil in Ecuador, sparked by the abolition of the fuel subsidies among other things, is also affecting the flower sector. Last Thursday, less...

Enorme onrust in het land treft bloemenexport Ecuador

De onrust naar aanleiding van onder meer de afschaffing van subsidie op brandstof in Ecuador treft ook de bloemensector. Die kon donderdag minder dan...

Tessa operates on the basis of their own strengths

Ecuadorean Tessa Corp grows roses of high quality at high altitude, as they like to say. Tessa is a big player and their numbers...

’Bij nieuwe pachtwet is meetbaarheid bodemgebruik lastig’

De pachtwetgeving wordt gemoderniseerd. Hierbij wordt onder andere meer belang gehecht aan goede bodemkwaliteit. De meetbaarheid hiervan wordt lastig, verwachten deskundigen.In de toekomstige nieuwe...

How do South-American growers ensure the bills are paid?

Ensuring the bills are paid. A company might be getting great orders, but if it turns out you’re dealing with defaulters or fraudsters, it...

Flower export Colombia goes up to $1,500 million

In 2018 Colombia was the second largest flower exporter in the world. The export value of Colombian flowers was $1,500 million. In 2017, Colombia...