Uganda: Kalanchoë propagation
|Project location:||Kampala, Uganda|
|Consortium:||KP Holland Selectie B.V., Xclusive Cuttings Uganda Ltd, StrijbisVerbeek Plants B.V., Kwekerij van Eijzeren B.V.|
|Project Budget:||Euro 805,000|
|External financing:||60% grant funding by PSOM|
|Project period:||July 2008 – June 2010|
KP Holland and StrijbisVerbeek breed, propagate and produce Kalanchoë pot plants in the Netherlands. As the labour-intensive propagation can no longer be competitively undertaken in the Netherlands, the two companies have joined forces to establish the propagation of Kalanchoë abroad. They have engaged an experienced Dutch grower, Kwekekerij van Eijzeren, to identify a suitable location and partner in Africa and, once established, oversee the overseas propagation operations. Although the humid climate and logistics create particular challenges, the availability of a reliable local partner and the prospect of a rapid start-up were important reasons for the Dutch consortium to choose for Uganda, where they selected Xclusive Cuttings Uganda Limited as their future partner.
The project partners will be planting and growing Kalanchoë mother plants on substrate and a small section will be planted with new varieties to test their performance under local conditions before reproducing them on a commercial scale. Trials will be conducted to root cuttings in trays with plugs and ship rooted cuttings to the Netherlands, which would permit automated planting and save growers 2-3 weeks in precious growing time and greenhouse space. If successful, this is a genuine innovation in Kalanchoë growing.
A social-medical centre will be set up comprising a day care, clinic, training centre, library, computer room, and area for leisure activities. In total 35 staff will be recruited and trained by the Joint Venture. As soon as the company has achieved MPS-GAP and MPS-SQ, the Joint Venture will be registered as participant in the Fair Flowers Fair Plants. The project partners aim to achieve MPS-Florimark certification to evidence the Joint Venture’s commitment to high standards of environmental and social responsibility. The end of the project will be marked by the issuance of this MPS-Florimark certificate, which will take at least one full year of consecutive registration and four audits for by an independent certifier. It should be noted that till date no company in Africa has obtained MPS-Florimark certification.
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