Visit of Karel De Gucht to Kenya: visit of the flower farm Red Lands Roses
On 15 July 2013, Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, travelled in Ruiru where he visited Red Lands Roses, a Flower Farm in Kenya.
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||Arrival of Karel De Gucht, Member of the EC in charge of Trade, and Isabelle Spindler, Managing Director of Red Lands Roses, at the flower farm
||Karel De Gucht and Isabelle Spindler visiting the flower farm Red Lands Roses – Views of growing substrate, greenhouse, predators that kill pests, various shots of flowers (17 shots)
||Soundbite by Karel De Gucht (in ENGLISH): Kenya is exporting up to 340 million Euros of cut flowers to the European market. So it is interesting to understand how this works and I must say it is quite impressive. They are utilizing the most modernised techniques, trying to be more and more sustainable, with less pesticide for example. We are presently negotiating with the East African Community of which Kenya is the senior member, a new trade agreement, the so called "Economic Partnership Agreement" and we hope to finalise that by 1st October next year and that will be quite important for especially Kenya, because it will make sure that they can continue exporting it to Europe duty free and quota free, everything they are producing (2 shots)
||Karel De Gucht and Isabelle Spindler at the flowers packaging room (5 shots)
||Soundbite by Isabelle Spindler (in ENGLISH): It is very important for us that the partnership agreement between East Africa, Kenya and EU is quickly renewed so that we can think about developing our business instead of thinking of maybe the problems we shall have if that agreement is not signed quickly.
||Cutaways of flowers being packed (2 shots)