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Kenya trade show draws buyers from 27 countries, growers from across Africa

Buyers from 27 countries, including the United States, attended the International Flower Trade Expo in Nairobi, Kenya, June 5-7. The organizers of this second annual show in Kenya, HPP Exhibitions, stated in a news release that in addition to the largest and most important buyers from Russia and Ukraine, buyers were also present from such far-flung nations as Australia, Germany and Holland.

The show positioned itself as not only a regional event, but a continental one, said Dick van Raamsdonk, head of HPP Exhibitions, with African growers from Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda exhibiting along with those from Kenya. Along with abundant displays of roses, many other types of flowers were shown, such as gypsophila, callas, alstroemeria, statice, Agapanthus and hypericum.

Exhibit space was nearly doubled this year, and the show was pushed back two months to accommodate the Kenyan general elections in March. A preshow event staged by three rose breeders was held June 4 and a post-show event, a conference on sustainability and productivity was sponsored June 6 by the Kenya Flower Council, Union Fleurs and the Flower Sustainability Initiative.

IFTEX will take place again next year in the Shree Visa Oshwal Community Center June 4-6, show officials have announced.