CAA names Rose­bud best ex­porter

East African Business Week - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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