Kenya: Oserian Only African Grower Nominated for AIPH Awards

The Oserian Development Company has cemented its place on the continent by winning a coveted prize at this year's International Grower of the Year (IGOTY) Awards held in Germany.

As one of Kenya's largest grower and exporter of cut flowers, Oserian was the only African grower nominated for recognition at this year's awards ceremony.

Dubbed the Oscars for plants, The International Grower of the Year Awards (AIPH) is an annual fete organized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers.

Now in its tenth year, AIPH seeks to celebrate excellence and best practices in flower production.

Oserian has made huge investment in varieties that have increasingly received the thumbs up from customers around the world.

In what is an increasingly dynamic market with an insatiable appetite for new niche varieties, Oserian lifting the highest accolade in the cut flower category is an endorsement of this investment.

To meet this demand, Oserian has developed a diverse portfolio across the 200 hectares it dedicates to cut flower production.

With over 100 hectares, rose production is still dominant but the numerous supporting crops such as Statice, Spray Carnations, Gypsophila, Sunflowers, Eucalyptus and a wide range of green fillers enable Oserian to create a vast assortment of bouquets.

Key to their strategy is identifying roses that benefit from their vast 50 hectares of geothermally heated greenhouses.

Inside these impressive structures is home to their various Collections - their wide range of Garden type roses, their Lady Collection, the Park Collection and one of type roses such as the striking Cappuccino.

To maintain the highest standards in production, the Company has adopted a 'champions by nature' approach to flower growing.

The Company utilizes the integrated pest management (IPM) system, hydroponics to reduce water and fertilizer consumption and has the world's largest geothermal heating project for maintaining temperature in its greenhouses and for injecting vast amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2) needed to stimulate healthy, strong plant growth.

"We are proud that our investment in innovation and responsible flower growing mechanisms continue to be recognized on the global stage.

In an increasingly competitive and dynamic market our cut flowers have excited markets and positioned us as frontrunners in sustainable flower production" said Mary Kinyua the Director of HR & Administration at Oserian.

This year's competition which drew participants from across the world saw Oserian take pride of place alongside producers in other categories from China, Belgium and Poland.

"The 2019 IGOTY Awards provide an opportunity to put a spotlight on the best in our industry, showing the world the quality businesses that exist," Bernard Oosterom, President of AIPH said.

Kinyua says the win gives the Company fresh impetus to respond to diverse market needs while growing its portfolio.

"As demand for cut flowers burgeons and customer preferences change, we continue to position our business to respond to these dynamics while remaining true to our philosophy of having sustainable flowers that are ethically grown."

Last year Oserian won three awards in the Federation of Kenya Employers Awards for innovation and productivity, responsible business conduct and inclusivity and diversity.

The Company has made a commitment to people and the planet through sustainable flower growing practices, investment in staff welfare and ethical production of world class flowers.

Last year, the Company unveiled a new block of eight classrooms funded with premiums from FairTrade, at a cost of Kshs 14 million at the Oserian Primary School.

This was part of the firm's business diversification strategy on expanding key facilities in readiness for an envisaged increase in population as its industrial park takes shape.

Also, read how hunger won't keep Oserian children out of school.

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