The European Union has tasked Dutch authorities to inspect horticultural products which enter Europe, to assess potential pests and diseases. This has major implications for the South African fynbos industry, in particular the wild fynbos harvesters.
Flower Valley features in the current edition of Veld & Flora magazine. The feature highlights six-year research undertaken by the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI), which sought to look at the impacts of harvesting on different fynbos species. The research for example found that re-sprouters such as Silver Brunia have a high mortality when the whole plant is harvested.
Siza News – January 2014
Siza Capacity Building Programme Roll Out
Agreement with Wieta
Flower Valley Conservation Trust has moved into new offices in Bredasdorp. This office is the home of the Trust’s administrative activities. However, the Trust’s official home remains Flower Valley Farm, based just outside Gansbaai, in the Overstrand Municipality.
The new address of the Trust is 44 Villiers Street in Bredasdorp. We look forward to welcoming all our partners and friends to the new premises.
Flower Valley Conservation Trust features in a new book detailing the activities of the Table Mountain Fund (TMF) over the last 20 years. The TMF has been a supporter and donor of the Trust and the Agulhas Biodiversity Initiative (ABI) in the past.
The book celebrates the TMF’s history and conservation projects across the Cape Floristic Region. The TMF, which officially launched in 1993, has supported over 150 conservation-related projects, to the value of some R100-milllion.
Projects supported range from scientific research to conservation initiatives that help local people derive a sustainable living from the biodiversity, such as fynbos (as is the case with Flower Valley). The book was written by well-known conservation journalist John Yeld.
Flower Valley is proud to be a part of the book, having played (and continuing to play) a key role in fynbos conservation and social upliftment.
September 2013 is now available.
The breakdown of membership is as follows:
Pack houses: 36
Retailers / Industry associations: 6
If you are a member of SIZA you can remain visible to your customers on SEDEX if this is a marketing requirement. FSA is now registered as an AB member on SEDEX, and you can authorise SEDEX to transfer your account and historical data to the FSA AB account where you will remain registered as an ‘employment site’. You do not have to pay the SEDEX registration fee for this facility. FSA will pay the costs of each account that is transferred. Since the costs are high for individual transfers of accounts, FSA has arranged to do transfers of accounts in BULK on specific dates. Continue reading.
Wild fynbos harvester survey assesses extent of broadcast sowing.
A survey assessing to what extent wild fynbos harvesters are making use of broadcast sowing has been released. The survey was undertaken by the Protea Producers of South Africa, with the purpose of determining the extent of broadcast sowing in the fynbos harvesting districts between Riversdale and Gansbaai, and up to Villiersdorp.
Cape Floral Kingdom Expo showcases local fynbos
An exhibition to showcase the region’s fynbos will take place at the end of August. The Cape Floral Kingdom Expo will be held in Bredasdorp from 29 August to 1 September.
SANBI se nuwe Rooi Lys nou beskikbaar
Die ‘South African National Biodiversity Institute’, bekend as SANBI, het weereens veranderinge aangebring aan die Rooi Lys van Suid–‐Afrikaanse Plante. SANBI hersienongeveer elke ses maande die lys.
Die einde van ‘n era
‘n Fynbos pakstoor in Stanford het vroeër vanjaar sy deure gesluit. Fynsa het die einde van Mei handel gestaak. Die besluit om die maatskappy toe te maak is geneem deur Fynsa se direkteure, wat in die Verenigde Koningryk gebaseer is.
Trade Fairs/Exhibitions/National Pavilions – 2013 & 2014
The SAFEC Board identified potential participation in a number of trade fairs, exhibitions and national pavilions over the next 12 to 18 months. The list of events includes:
– Russia – September 2013
– OSM to India and Malaysia 19-20 August 2013
– OSM to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta – 22-23 August 2013
– OSM to China – Shanghai and Beijing – November 2013
– IFTF, The Netherlands – November 2013
– IPM Essen, Germany – January 2014
– Int. Floriculture Trade Fair-Nairobi – June 2014
– Soccer World Cup, Brazil – June/July 2014
Vanweë onvoorsiene omstandighede kon ons nog nie vanjaar ‘n PPSA inligtings- en velddag reël nie. Die beloofde terugvoer (Januarie 2013 nuusbrief) van navorsingsresultate staan dus nou oor tot verdere kennisgewing. Die program vir ons AJV op Donderdag, 29 Augustus 2013 by die Cape Floral Kingdom Expo in Bredasdorp is ook reeds te vol hiervoor. Die Expo duur vanaf 29 Augustus tot 1 September 2013. Verdere inligting hieromtrent volg binnekort.
We are now in the planning phase of projects aimed at Minor Use registration of certain selected chemicals, Determining causes of Plant Losses in commercial plantations, Witch’s Broom, and miscellaneous Post Harvest handling protocols. Continue Reading.
Boosting fynbos profitability through a joint forum
The impact of lower prices for fynbos products experienced last year could have been minimised, had a joint marketing forum been available. That’s according to delegates at the first Fynbos Joint Marketing Forum (JMF), held in Paarl earlier this year. Now the industry hopes to collectively take the necessary pro-active decisions to ensure a successful 2013.
According to newly-elected JMF Committee member, Willem Verhoogt, a number of potential problems for fynbos harvesters must be dealt with through the forum. Short stem lengths were highlighted as undermining price levels. Sea freight and shipping challenges were also emphasised.
It is hoped the JMF will help increase industry profitability by addressing these challenges. Information will be compiled to make more informed marketing decisions, through market research and industry research. Markets that have already been highlighted as potential fynbos outlets include Russia, the Middle East, India and Thailand. Western Africa and South Africa will be researched during a second phase. Continue Reading.