April 8th and 9th saw the Naivasha based De Ruiter East Africa rose breeding facility hosting rose growers from across Kenya and the wider East African region for open days where the rose growers had a chance to sample new introductions, impressive codes as well as well known De Ruiter rose varieties.
De Ruiter East Africa MD Matthijs Plas (right) and farm manager Fred Okinda (3rd Left) are joined by representatives from Nini Roses L-R, Regina, Moses, Angela, Elizabeth and Nini Ltd's Farm Manager Philip Kuria
The De Ruiter East Africa team led by Managing Director Matthijs Plas, had a busy and productive time attending to the numerous inquiries from rose growers who were present to find what varieties would best suit their production strategies. All the growers who spoke to Flowerweb were enthusaistic about the De Ruiter assortment and unanimously noted that the open days were very worthwhile.
Some of the moments on day 2 of the De Ruiter open days
George Buuri (Production Manager at Suera Flowers Ltd) with Edward Manning (Sales Manager De Ruiter East Africa)
De Ruiter's Elizabeth Kariuki welcoming representatives from Sian Roses Andrew Tobei (left) and Mark Amake (right) to the open day
Matthijs Plas (MD De Ruiter East Africa) in deep discussion with Phillip Kuria (Farm Manager Nini Ltd)
Lucy Yinda (MD Baraka Roses) with colleague Eric Mahihu.
Inside the Budwood house
De Ruiter's Fred Okinda with VegPro Group's Chandrakant Bachche
Roses in vase make a beautiful display at the emtrance
De Ruiter East Africa has been named twice among Kenya's top 100 Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.
Code MC 11 0006 in the showhouse
Some of the codes in the budwood house
The beautiful MC 11 0006 on display at the front office
Almanza® looking as fresh as ever
De Ruiter E.A team: Ephantus Kirika (Finance and Administration Manager) and Edward Manning (Sales Manager)
A little rest after a long walk around the showhouse... Joining Matthijs are L-R, Simon, George, George and another George and Athanus.