National code of conduct“All exporters of flowers should demonstrate compliance to international standards," so as to meet the requirements of the flower importing nations, Kenya Flower Council CEO Jane Ngige states succinctly.
The code of conduct is an industry initiative that aims to help improve labor practices and conservation efforts. All Kenyan growers will have to engage in internal quality control audits under the new code (regardless of whether they are members of the KFC or not). The government of The Netherlands has contributed 400,000 US dollars to the development of the program.
A move from electricity to solar power has been noted among Kenyan floriculturists as well. The flower industry is also shifting to the use of bio-controls to eliminate pests, according to Ngige, ensuring that, "flower products comply with the maximum residue levels".
Sustainability toolkitA toolkit to help Kenyan growers transition to low-carbon and other sustainable business practices has also been developed by the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), in collaboration with Camco Advisory Services and the country’s Horticultural Crops Development Authority.
This CaRROT (Carbon Reduction, Resources and Opportunities Toolkit) project will officially launch on September 11. It is focused on developing a sector-wide response to climate change, through practical management solutions for greenhouse gas emissions reductions, energy efficiency and improved water usage.
National Single Window SystemAdditionally, the ‘Kenya National Single Window System’ is set for implementation starting 31 Oct. This electronic platform will serve as the single entry point for parties involved in international trade, helping to reduce the transit time of cargo at the Kenyan ports as well as improve the ease of doing business in the country.
Fulfilling cargo clearance requirements will be made easier through the standardized electronic system. Paying the appropriate fees and duties will also be simplified, further contributing to a decrease in delays, bureaucratic inefficiency and corruption.
Sources: Florint.org, Kenya Flower Council, ChinaDaily