Grenzeloos ondernemen met Oekraïne

Ja, het land leeft nog op gespannen voet met Rusland. Maar het overgrote deel van het land is veilig, aldus Paul Vlaanderen van de Europese Bank voor Wederopbouw en Ontwikkeling (EBRD). Richtte Oekraïne zich traditioneel op handel met Rusland, nu kijkt het land steeds meer naar het Westen. In Oekraïne liggen dan ook op de langere termijn kansen voor Nederlandse ondernemers. …

Andersom kan Nederland een nieuwe afzetmarkt vormen voor Oekraïense ondernemers, aangezien ook de exportmogelijkheden naar Rusland zijn weggevallen door de sancties.

Allereerst liggen er voor Nederlandse ondernemers kansen in de land- en tuinbouw binnen de EBRD-landen – een sector waar Nederland sterk in is. “Oekraïne bijvoorbeeld hoort tot de belangrijkste landbouwgebieden in de wereld. We kennen allemaal de huidige situatie in Oekraïne. Maar het overgrote deel van het land is veilig, daar kunnen Nederlandse agribedrijven investeren”, aldus Van Vlaanderen.

“Het mooie is ook dat producten via de haven van Odessa geëxporteerd kunnen worden. “Je ziet dat ze nu snel en flexibel zoeken naar andere markten buiten en binnen de EU. Vaak lukt dat ook.” Ook daar kunnen Nederlanders op inspringen.

Voor ondernemers inde tuinbouwsector die zaken willen doen met de Oekraïne bied het European Horticulture Network zeer interessante mogelijkheden. Onze partner in de Oekraïne wil graag de weg voor u banen en u op alle mogelijke manieren ondersteunen.  Ook geïnteresseerd? Neem dan contact met ons op op via info@hortinet.nl,  de kortste weg voor zinvol zaken doen op uw exportmarkt

Bron: ABN AMRO

Boomfeestdag wil dat meer kinderen bomen gaan planten

Stichting Nationale Boomfeestdag wil dat de klimaattop een verdrag ondertekend om kinderen meer bomen te laten planten. Een eigen boom planten zou volgens hen bijdragen aan het natuurbesef van kinderen. Op die manier kunnen kinderen ook meer bij de klimaat-problematiek betrokken worden.

Nationale Boomfeestdag zet zich in voor de natuureducatie aan kinderen. Sinds de oprichting van de stichting zestig jaar geleden, zijn er door Nederlandse schoolkinderen ruim elf miljoen bomen geplant. Ieder jaar organiseert de stichting een dag waarop kinderen gezamenlijk bomen gaan planten, de Boomfeestdag. In 2016 zal onder het thema ‘Bomen en bossen’ de landelijke manifestatie plaatsvinden in Den Bosch.

Bron: Stichting Nationale Boomfeestdag


Boomfeestdag wants more children to plant trees

The Dutch foundation Boomfeestdag wants the Climate summit in Paris to sign a treaty to stimulate to children plant more trees. According to the foundation, planting an own tree would add to the nature-consciousness of children. This way children could be more involved with the climate problems.

The foundation Nationale Boomfeestdag is committed to the education for children about nature. Since the start 60 years ago, Dutch school children planted already more than 11 million trees. Each year the foundation organizes one day ‘De Boomfeestdag’ on which children all over the country plant together a number of trees. In 2016 the national manifestation will be organized in Den Bosch. The theme is ‘Trees and Forests’.

Source: Bron: Stichting Nationale Boomfeestdag

Warmtebehandeling tegen kastanjebloedingsziekte voor Nederlandse markt beschikbaar

Onderzoekers van Wageningen UR ontdekten dat de bacterie die de gevreesde kastanjebloedingsziekte in paardenkastanjebomen veroorzaakt, gevoelig is voor hogere temperaturen en ontwikkelden een warmtebehandelingsmethode. Prop Boomtechniek nam een licentie op de behandeling en ontwikkelde deze door tot een in de praktijk toepasbare behandelingsmethode. De warmtebehandeling is op dit moment de enige beschikbare methode die kastanjebloedingsziekte kan stoppen.

Kastanjebloedingsziekte is de meest bedreigende ziekte van paardenkastanjebomen (Aesculus-soorten). De ziekte is besmettelijk en wordt veroorzaakt door een bacterie die zich nestelt in de bastcellen van de boom, die voor het transport van voeding zorgen. De cellen gaan daardoor dood waardoor een uitwendige bloeding ontstaat van boomsappen. Door het afsterven van de bast vermindert de sapstroom van de takken naar de wortels waardoor een boom kan afsterven. Aangezien kastanjebomen vaak monumentale en gezichtsbepalende elementen zijn in stad en landschap hecht de maatschappij veel waarde aan het behoud van de bomen.

Ziekte beheersen

Sinds de grote uitbraak van kastanjebloedingsziekte in 2005 zijn diverse methoden en middelen uitgeprobeerd om de ziekte te beheersen. Tot voor kort zonder bevredigend resultaat. In 2011 ontdekten onderzoekers van Wageningen UR dat de bacterie die kastanjebloedingsziekte veroorzaakt – Pseudomonas syringae pv aesculi – in laboratorium- en kasproeven gevoelig was voor hogere temperaturen. Wanneer jonge kastanjebomen gedurende een paar dagen in een verwarmde kas van rond de 39oC werden gehouden, bleek de bacterie, maar niet de boom, het loodje te leggen. De resultaten waren dusdanig bemoedigend, dat de stap werd gezet naar grote bomen in de buitenlucht.

Proeven in de praktijk

Sinds 2013 zijn praktijkproeven uitgevoerd bij diverse gemeenten verdeeld over Nederland. Rond de stam van volwassen paardenkastanjes wordt een ’warmtedeken’ aangebracht die tijdens een aantal dagen de temperatuur op een hoge waarde kan vasthouden. Uit de praktijkproeven bleek dat ook volwassen bomen gecontroleerd kunnen worden opgewarmd.

Licentie

Wageningen UR is dit jaar een licentiecontract aangegaan met Prop Boomtechniek, een afdeling binnen de het bedrijf A. Prop Beplantingswerken. Dit innovatieve boomtechnisch bedrijf heeft de techniek verder ontwikkeld tot een voor de markt geschikte methode. Samen met twee andere toekomstige licentiehouders zal de methode worden toegepast tegen kastanjebloedingsziekte. Deze partijen zullen de methode ter beschikking stellen aan onderaannemers/sublicentienemers in Nederland.

Monitoren van behandelde bomen

De komende jaren zullen alle behandelde bomen in een monitoringsprogramma gevolgd worden in hun ontwikkeling. Wageningen UR blijft betrokken bij het beheer van dit monitoringsprogramma en zal regelmatig de resultaten analyseren. Het doel is de stam van de boom met de warmtebehandeling zo goed mogelijk vrij te maken van de ziekteverwekkende bacterie. Hierdoor krijgt de boom de gelegenheid om de aantasting te overgroeien en dus te herstellen. De warmtebehandeling geeft de boom dus een stevige duw in de goede richting. Op dit moment is nog niet bekend hoe lang de behandeling stand houdt. De bacterie is immers nog aanwezig in de omgeving, bijvoorbeeld in of op de niet-behandelde delen van de boom. Het monitoringsprogramma zal daar antwoord op gaan geven.

Landelijk loket kastanjebloedingsziekte

Prop Boomtechniek heeft een landelijk loket Kastanjebloedingsziekte opgezet met een voor heel Nederland geldend telefoonnummer: 0900-40 40 600. Via dit nummer is nadere informatie te verkrijgen, kunnen geconstateerde zieke bomen gemeld worden of een afspraak gemaakt voor diagnose en behandeling. Via dit loket is het ook mogelijk in contact te komen met partijen die advies kunnen uitbrengen en die de zieke bomen op een professionele manier kunnen behandelen.

Meer informatie over de warmtebehandeling van paardenkastanjebomen is ook te vinden in:

Great results for anniversary edition GrootGroenPlus2015

From 30 September until 2 October, the 25th edition of trade fair GrootGroenPlus was held. Both visitors and participants were very positive about the trade fair, according to the preliminary survey results. For this anniversary edition, a special program was created, with for example a special anniversary night. Special attention was also paid to a number of participants who have participated since the start of the trade fair. Many people visited the trade fair.

Visitors and participants are positive
Like previous year, participants and visitors received questionnaires about their experience at the trade fair. This showed that visitors rated the trade fair with an 8. They thought that visiting the trade fair was interesting, educational, and useful. Participants also rated the trade fair very well, with a (preliminary) 7. A majority of the participants has also registered for the edition of 2016. The involvement with the trade fair is huge; GrootGroenPlus is regarded as a trade fair that is created by trade professionals, for trade professionals. Participants also like to participate in the continued development of the trade fair.

The quality of the visitors on Wednesday and Thursday was rated higher than in 2014. A new question was related to the hospitality at the trade fair. This aspect was rated with an 8. Participants feel that GrootGroenPlus is a relation trade fair at the start of the trading season and consider the atmosphere to be very warm. This year, the questionnaire also addressed the theme, the cooperation with other trade fairs, and the extent to which GrootGroenPlus inspires visitors and participants. These aspects also scored a 7.

19 Countries
Most of the visitors were growers/producers. This was the same as last year. The percentage of green organisations and suppliers increased a little bit. Even though the majority came from the Netherlands, there was a noticeable increase in international visitors. They came for example from Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland, France, Poland, Spain, Nigeria, Sweden, Montenegro, the United States, Slovakia, Portugal, Turkey, Norway, Romania, Czech Republic, and Austria. In general, the trade visitors – and with that, the international trade visitors – seems to increase. This shows that the market is also getting better.

Novelties
The novelty inspection has turned into a regular item at GrootGroenPlus. The judges rated a total of 23 submitted plants and selected the Chamaecyperis pisifera ‘Blue Moon’, submitted by Sierteeltkwekerij Kools, as the best novelty. The judges called it ‘a healthy, uniform blue dwarf conifer with a high level of cuddliness’. There were also two other gold medal winners, the Skimmia japonica ‘Moerings1’ (WHITE DWARF), and the Skimmia japonica ‘Moerings 2’ (RED DWARF), both submitted to Van Vliet New Plants. In total, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals were also awarded. The judges were satisfied with the quality of the novelties.

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Stand inspections
Tree nursery Verpaalen-Herijgers had the best green stand and won the Jac Lodders award. According to the jury, the company succeeded in representing the theme ‘Growing Strong! Celebrating 25 years!’, which was beautifully illustrated by them. They had done this by creating a combination of plants and shrubs, but also by using a company film, and with many images of 25 years of trade fair. Stichting Beurshal won the Jan van Dongen award for the best supplier stand. The Zunderts Groen Imago Prijs was won by Roelands Boomkwekerijen BV. They succeeded best in promoting the region of Zundert, both in their publications and in their products.

Anniversary night
During the anniversary night, trend watcher Donata van der Rassel had a chance to give a speech. She expects that growers and retailers will play a completely different role in the future. In the next few years, we will be dealing with an even more critical consumer, who knows how to use the Internet. It is a consumer with an unconscious desire for green, who is also looking increasingly more at quality. Sustainability will play an important role in making decisions, and the need for good information will increase. The grower of the future will have to make clear choice, he needs a strategy. Choosing is winning! In short, Donata van der Rassel offered her audience a lot to think about. More information and images can be found at www.grootgroenplus.nl.

Note to the editor:
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The European NurseryStock Association (ENA) held its summer General Assembly meeting in Helsingborg, Sweden

The Swedish organization LRF Horticulture (LRF Trädgård) hosted the meeting that was attended by delegates from 15 different countries (Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom).

The meeting had a great focus on Plant Health with discussions driven by Mr Marc Van Hulle, chairman of the ENA EU Legislation Working Group. The General Assembly widely deliberated about Xylella fastidiosa. Delegates at ENA expressed their concerns about this disease and also stated their confidence that the European nurseries are acting properly, in accordance with the regulations and at the highest level of plant health. The General Assembly confirmed ENA is strongly in favor of the robust measures adopted by the European Commission to prevent the spread of this disease in Europe but, at the same time, is against any additional measures implemented by EU Member States preventing the free circulation of goods within the EU. It was also agreed to ask the European Commission for significant high funding that will allow 1) rapid reaction against the first detections, including compensation for owners if eradication measures must be taken and 2) start or enhance R&D projects to prevent and fight against Xylella and other quarantine pests and diseases.

The General Assembly debated about the effects of the EU Regulation on the Invasive Alien Species on plants produced and marketed by European nurseries. It was stated that the Regulation does not provide for any exceptions for varieties obtained with the purpose of creating sterile and non-invasive forms. The Regulation refers without exception to species as lower rank taxa, while there are many non-invasive varieties and cultivation forms on the market; for example, sterile varieties not producing seeds. It was agreed to offer the ENA specialists support to the European Commission’s committees on Invasive Alien Species.

Leon Smet, chairman of the ENA International Plant Names List Working Group, updated the delegates about changing names and adding new species and varieties to the list. It was decided to finish the names compilation work by the end of summer to have time during autumn to review it, with the aim of publishing the new International Plant Names List in early 2016 (www.internationalplantnames.com).

All ENA delegates shared information about the trends on plant production and internal and export markets of nurseries in each country, summarized in a table that ENA President Mr Tim Edwards proposed to update twice a year.

The summer meeting finished visiting Splendor Plant (www.spelndorplant.se), one of Sweden’s largest nurseries, and Tönnersjö Nursery (www.tonnersjo.se), one of Sweden’s largest tree producers, guided by Patrick Svensson, the Swedish nurseryman and Vice-President of ENA.

 

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ruby Tuesday’ (MAGICAL RUBY TUESDAY) wins best new plant award at Plantarium 2015

Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Ruby Tuesday’ (MAGICAL RUBY TUESDAY) by De Jong Plant BV from Boskoop has won the title of Best New Plant at Plantarium 2015. MAGICAL RUBY TUESDAY is a striking, compact and above all robust plant with sturdy flowers in a distinctive and highly appealing colour, according to the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society jury.

Eight gold medals
As well as the best new plant, seven other plants were also awarded gold medals by the jury. The jury felt that Ceanothus impressus ‘Cool Blue’ by Huisman Boomkwekerij from Boskoop was unique in the range and had a fresh image. The silver variegated leaves appear quite stable and the plant offers outstanding presentation. With regard to Coreopsis ‘KA-POW Golden Yellow’ by Moerheim New Plant/Meilland Nederland from Leimuiderbrug, the jury had the following to say: “Outstandingly well-presented plants; striking large flowers in a fresh, attractive colour”. The jury felt that Geranium pratense ‘Midnightlyona’ (MIDNIGHT GHOST) by Compass Plants BV from Hillegom was innovative as a result of the combination of dark leaves and almost white flowers, sturdy stems and good cultivation performance which allows the plants to be displayed in bloom in August. With regard to Hydrangea macrophylla ‘Dancing Snow’ (DOPPIO BIANCO) by Kwekerij Lendert de Vos BV from Reeuwijk, the jury said the following: a highly innovative combination of flower colour and shape. The jury felt that Hydrangea paniculata ‘PIIHPI’ (BABY LACE) by Boomkwekerij Alex Schoemaker/Plantipp BV from Boskoop/IJsselstein consists of attractive, robust and compact plants which are innovative in combination with the flower shape. In the opinion of the jury, Nandina domestica ‘Twilight’ by About Plants Zundert BV/Plantipp BV from Zundert/IJsselstein consists of highly uniform and well-presented plants, with the variegated leaves forming an innovation in the Nandina range. The jury felt that Photinia serratifolia ‘Oploo5’ (PINK CRISPY) by Van Oploo Tuinplanten/Plantipp BV from Bavel/IJsselstein stands out as a result of the attractive combination of leaf colours (young and fully grown) and stem colour.

The jury also awarded 15 silver medals and 11 bronze medals.

106 plants judged
The new plants were judged by an expert judging committee from the Royal Boskoop Horticultural Society. In the 33rd edition of Plantarium, 127 plants were entered for the new plant awards. In the end, a total of 106 were judged. Unfortunately, various entrants were forced to withdraw their plants before the awards took place due to unforeseen circumstances.
Plantarium runs from 26 to 29 August 2015 in the Plantarium building at the International Trade Centre Boskoop-Hazerswoude. For further information, please visit www.plantarium.nl.

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FLORA Trade Show in Rimini interessante marktplaats

De Flora Trade Show, de nieuwe Italiaanse vakbeurs voorde sierteelt, die van 23 t/m 25 september in Rimini wordt georganiseerd, kijkt nadrukkelijk naar het buitenland. Zij wil zorgen dat er een optimaal contact ontstaat tussen de Italiaanse kwekers/exporteurs van sierteeltproducten en hun potentiële buitenlandse afnemers.

Dit heeft geleid tot de Rimini Fiera online marktplaats, die de zowel deelnemers als bezoekers de mogelijkheid biedt hun afspraken op de beurs al voor de openingsdag te plannen en te regelen. Er worden bezoekers uit heel Europa verwacht.

Het is de bedoeling van het plannen van deze één op één ontmoetingen dat beide partijen te voren al kunnen checken hoe interessant ze eventueel voor elkaar zijn. De ontmoetingen en onderhandelingen vinden plaats op de beurs zelf. Gedurende de vakbeurs ontmoeten de partijen elkaar op de afgesproken tijd op de stand van de deelnemer. Eventueel is ook een vertaler beschikbaar.

Voor echt geïnteresseerde inkopers is een zeer interessante aanbieding gerealiseerd. Neem daarvoor snel contact op met Frank van Suchtelen van All-Round Communications en coördinator van European Horticulture Network. Email: fvsuchtelen@all-round.nl of telefoon +31 172 236262.


 

AN INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE FOR “FLORA TRADE SHOW RIMINI”
an online platform for organizing strategic appointments with foreign buyers.

Rimini June 2015 – Flora Trade is looking abroad and to facilitate to the utmost contacts between floriculture/nursery enterprises with foreign buyers.

This has led to the launch of the Rimini Fiera online Marketplace, to offer exhibitors the possibility of preparing in advance their business meeting agenda, scheduling their appointments before Flora Trade’s inauguration day, on 23rd September at Rimini Fiera, and thus arriving prepared at the three expo days.

The buyers will arrive from all over Europe, thanks to Rimini Fiera’s established network of agents, with a focus in particular on Germany, the top continental market, and in the Balkan countries, from Slovenia to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina to Serbia, Montenegro to Macedonia, as well as Kosovo and Albania. More buyers will arrive from Turkey, Belgium and Holland.

The agenda of one-to-one appointments is useful for both exhibiting companies and buyers, to enable both parties to check out real business opportunities. Meetings and negotiations will then be held at the expo. During the expo, exhibitors will be able to meet all the buyers booked via the platform on their stands and will be assisted during this by Rimini Fiera’s interpreters and foreign marketing office. The initiative is free and has no additional costs for the exhibiting companies.

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Fourth edition TCO EXPO shows trees and technique at a unique location

The trade fair for growers of standard trees, TCO EXPO, will organise its fourth edition this year, on 24 and 25 June. This time, a unique location has been selected. The trade fair will be held in the buildings and on the terrain of three growers near each other on the Tielsestraat in Opheusden. Over 60 participants, among them well-known growers and suppliers, show their products and innovations in the field of growing and technique. The theme is Together in Nature.

TCO EXPO is very interesting for the entire chain of growers, wholesale, importers and exporters, landscapers, landscape architects, and also those in government positions responsible for (the purchase of) plants and maintenance. Besides the shown products and services, the trade fair also offers demonstrations and symposia, which provide additional added value.

Tree tour
A visit to the trade fair also offers a great opportunity to visit the companies in the area. A number of the companies in the area have indicated that they want to open their doors to national and international visitors. It is possible to visit these companies on one’s own, but it is also possible to ask the organisation of the tree fair about the Tree Tour.

Opening
On 24 June, TCO EXPO will be officially opened by Henk Westerhof, chairman of the trade organisation Anthos, and during the program, the winning novelties of the ‘green’ participants and in the Technique category (this winner will receive the Rabobank award) will also be put in the spotlight.

Demonstrations and symposia
During both days, regular demonstrations will be offered, which are directly related to the standard tree. Both days will also include interesting symposia. On 24 June, the subject is native material. One of the questions that might be answered is how as a company, you can play into these new laws in Germany. Is it a threat because it closes off markets, or does it offer an opportunity? And what is the impact on the organisation of the company? On 25 June, the subject ‘Together in Nature’, which is the theme of the trade fair, plays a central role. This symposium is all about ‘Trees on their own roots’. How will this type of cultivation develop itself in the future?

Leading area on standard trees
The area Opheusden is an extensive area with standard trees, with a lot of growers and a broad assortment when it comes to this type of growth. The multiple grower associations in this area have joined forces in one new association, Tree Centre Opheusden (TCO). Indeed, that is why ‘Together in Nature’ is this year’s theme. TCO Expo will now also be sponsored by this association. For and by growers is still the starting point, and this guarantees a close connection with the trade. The new association does not only aim at guarding the interests of the members, but also the area as a whole, and to promote it both nationally and internationally as a leading area when it comes to standard trees.

For more information about TCO or TCO Expo have a look at www.treecentreopheusden.nl

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Sponsored business visit to Flora Trade Show in Rimini

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This visit is dedicated to business visitors – buyers (importers and distributors of plants) coming from Europe.

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