Similar to previous years, growers and breeders at the IFTEX show this year also had an opportunity to participate in a quality competition to showcase presentations that bring out the floral beauty of their various cut-flower varieties. In determining the winners, the jury used various criterion including uniformity in color, uniformity in shape, leaf and stem quality, uniformity in length, cleanliness of the presentation among other factors.
The awards for the participants in the different quality competitions this year went to the following companies:
The Best Flowers Quality Award for Breeders in the category “Cut flowers, excluding roses”: Gold was there for Danziger with Gypsophila “My Pink”.
The Best Flowers Quality Awards for Breeders in the category “Roses”: Bronze was there for Olij Breeding Ltd with the Standard Rose “Long Island”. Silver was there for Select Breeding B.V. with the standard rose ”Mon Amour”. Gold was for Preesman HBV Kenya LTD with the standard rose “New Orleans” and finally Platinum was awarded to De Ruiter East Africa Ltd with the standard rose “Rhodos”.
The Best Flowers Quality Awards for Growers in the category ”Cut Flowers, excluding roses”: Bronze was there for Elpis Farms with Hypericum “Green Power”. Silver was there for Multgrow Investments with Eryngium “Magical Anita”. Gold was for Oserian Development Company with Phlox “White Cap”. Finally Platinum was given to Utee State with an Eastern Hybrid Lilium “Double Surprise”.
The Best Flowers Quality Awards in the category “Roses”: Bronze was there for Uhuru Flowers Ltd with the standard rose “Tiara”. Silver was there for Subati Flowers Limited with the spray rose “Shivani”. Gold was for Amor/Omang with the standard rose “Wild Look”. Finally Platinum was given to Ayana with the standard rose “Tycoon”.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta presents the PLATINUM Award for The Best Flowers Quality Award for Breeders in the category “Roses” to De Ruiter East Africa Sales Manager Edward Manning. The breeder clinched the with the standard rose “Rhodos”.
The fifth edition of IFTEX will be held next year from June 8 to June 10. It will be a special edition of IFTEX, as several celebrations and important meetings will coincide with the fair. Besides the 5th anniversary of IFTEX, the Kenya Flower Council will be marking its 20th anniversary and Union Fleurs will hold its General Meeting during the same week.