Production horticulture cooperation expands international reach

More countries' horticulture sectors are working together, to discuss trade and issues such as Xylella fastidiosa.

The European Nurserystock Association (ENA) general assembly meeting at IPM Essen last week, chaired by vice-president Jan-Dieter Bruns, approved the application from Ukraine (Ukraine Plant Industry Association) to become a full member of ENA - the 20th member of the association.

AIPH secretary general Josep Pages said a large delegation of five members and their executive secretary, Stanislav Dontsov, attended the meeting and made a presentation of the nursery industry in Ukraine.

  • Around 100 nurseries in Ukraine
  • Production area 3,000ha
  • Employees around 10,000
  • Market size 70m euros 

At ENA, members discussed the consequences of a possible Xylella fastidiosa outbreak in a production area of nursery stock, and all countries said that the EU measures were applied. or in future outbreaks were intended to be applied, very strictly.

Pages said that there are so many issues related to Xf (practical inspections in nurseries, intervention programmes, funds to compensate for eradicated plants, research, prevention, etc.) that was almost impossible to discuss about everything in such a large group; therefore it was agreed on debating them in a small working group. " 

ENA has recently become a European Food Safety Agency stakeholder and PONTE research project stakeholder,.

Meanwhile, the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) has welcomed three new full members over the last year.

  • Irish Hardy Nursery Stock Association (IHNA), Ireland
  • Association of Colombian Flower Exporters (Asocolflores), Colombia
  • Ministry of Municipality & Environment, State of Qatar

New affiliate members over the last year:

  • GlobalGap, Germany
  • Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • Lehei GmbH, Germany
  • Greentech, The Netherlands
  • Gardensa, Turkey
  • HPP Exhibitions, The Netherlands
  • Dummen Orange, The Netherlands
  • Alessandro Rosso Marketing & Expo, Italy
  • Big Dome, Chinese Taipei

AIPH secretary general Tim Briercliffe said: "It is great to see industry associations and related businesses and organisations recognising the benefits that come from membership of AIPH. As globalisation takes hold it becomes more and more important for countries to collaborate together to grow this industry and champion the power of plants."

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