NAIVASHA, Kenya, September 27, 2012: Green Farming is proud to announce a Programme Book in order to further strengthen and intensify the connections between the horticultural networks of The Netherlands, Kenya and Ethiopia.
By Mid September the Green Farming book was officially presented to sector representatives in the presence of growers, grower associations, horticultural suppliers, knowledge institutes and government representatives.
The book highlights the horticultural sectors of the three countries, the Green Farming members and participants in Green Farming activities. It is intended to further outline the Green Farming programme, its purpose and the 5 profiles within the program through descriptions of the sectors, their links and related Green Farming projects. The book contains presentations of the Dutch member companies and a selection of interviews with Kenyan and Ethiopian growers that focus on their outlooks for the future.
Jane Ngige, CEO of the Kenya Flower Council, was presented ded over the book by Green Farming Chairman Harm Maters, presented Jane Ngige of the Kenya Flower Council with the first copy on September 15. The book launch party was thrown on the occasion of the opening ceremony of the Green Farming Water Management Demo Project at Van den Berg Roses. Commenting on the newly launched book Mrs Ngige said that it provides an very interesting overview calling it a must read for Kenyan growers and other stakeholders in the horticulture sector. “It will give them more insight in what opportunities can be created for the Kenyan sector through the programme,”Ngige said. In Ethiopia, Green Farming Chairman Harm Maters presented the book to Zalelem Messele, Chairman of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association. The official presentation of the book was held in conjunction with the starting seminar for development of a Post Harvest Protocol for the Ethiopian flower sector on September 18. Mr Messele thanked Green Farming for their activities in Ethiopia and challenged the programme and its members to set up practical trials and demo projects at Ethiopian farms to see which technologies fit the Ethiopian context best.