CAA names Rosebud best exporter
We are one fo the larges sweetheart roses growers in the world. We plan to expand to 200 hectares
KAMPALA, UGANDA- The Civil Aviation Authority last year celebrated 25 years of serving Ugandans. The celebration climaxed at an awards dinner that was held at Kampala Serena Hotel on 8th December, 2016. At the awards, Rosebud Limited, a flower growing and exporting company was named among the key stakeholders who have contributed to the growth of the aviation industry over the last 25 years.
Civil Aviation Authority awarded Rosebud Limited the best exporter award making them the leading export company of perishable goods like flowers. Rosebud is the country’s largest exporter of rose flowers, commanding a stake of around 40% of Uganda’s flower market. In an interview, Rosebud’s Ravi Kumar said the firm, despite the successes, is being pushed to the edge due to the import cost of farm input and fright costs for exports. “We have to depend on imports to get all the input materials we need and Uganda being a land lock country, the cost of the inputs is too high. The cost of the freight for the exports is higher when compared to other competitor countries,” Kumar said in the interview. “Such costs are detrimental to their development and keeping up the momentum.” Kumar said that there is need for constant supply of electricity. Kumar added that the government should support the floriculture sector and encourage more players to join the business. He explains that when more people are in this business ‘the (flower) grower’s negotiation power will increase and reduce the input cost and other benefits.” At the moment, Rosebud Limited, which is owned by the Ruparelia Group, commands about 40 percent of the floriculture industry in Uganda. Kumar said they export about 15 million flower stems every month and about 150 million stems of flower annually. Rosebud Ltd specializes in production of quality cut roses for export onto the world market. He declined to say how much is earned. Rosebud produces a wide variety of rose flowers which include Red Calypso (bright red), Viva (bright yellow), Valentino (dark red), Chelsea (orange), Akito (white), Marie Claire (orange flame), Blushing Akito (pink), Poeme (pink), Meera (champagne), Lambada (orange) and Samoa (deep orange). These are grown and prepared at their greenhouses in Entebbe covering a total of 42 hectares. The greenhouses are supplied by a modern, automated water-pumping unit, which feeds the fully computerized hydroponics systems. Industry players say Rosebud is a consistent export growing company that adds value and volume to exports from Uganda. Kumar described local consumption of flowers as negligible. “We are one of the largest sweetheart roses growers in the world. We plan to expand up to 200 hectares in near future. We are also going to continue adding value and improving our product in international market,” said Kumar. He explained that Rosebud adheres to the strict, high standards of Good Agricultural Produce (GAP) by reduced use of agrochemicals, preserving local habitats and greater efficiency of natural resources, making them an exemplary flower grower in the Ugandan floriculture industry.
SWEETHEART ROSE: Rosebud is one of the largest growers of this kind of rose in the world.