Kenya to host 5th International Flower Trade Exhibition

Kenya is set to host the 5th edition of the International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX) to be held at the Oshwal Center in Nairobi from June 8 to June 10, 2016.

IFTEX was set up five years ago to assist flower growers to find markets around the globe.

So far, the exhibition has reached the number one position of being the largest cut flower trade fair in Africa.

According to Dick Van Raamsdonk the General Director HPP Exhibitions, more than 200 companies are scheduled to attend the exhibition. More than 4,000 national and international trade visitors are also expected to attend.

“This year we are experiencing a 15 per cent increase which brings the number of participating countries to at least 50,” said Van Raamsdonk in a statement.

Exhibiting companies will include growers, exporters, brokers, breeders, propagators, and other suppliers of the flower industry. Visitors will include buyers that will fly in from all over the world.

“The exhibition itself has grown another 10 per cent in size and will for this reason accommodate about 10 per cent more exhibitors,” added Van Raamsdonk.

Kenya is still one of the few countries in the world where the floriculture industry is growing, due in part to a strong, healthy, stable sector and the ability to source buyers with high quality flowers all year round.

Exhibitors this year will focus on finding new customers in order to increase exports. Many first time buyers are expected to attend the event, especially from China, Russia, USA, Japan, the Middle East and South East Asia.

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