DE KWAKEL, Netherlands: Dümmen Orange, world’s largest breeder and propagator, and ProRoot, breeder of rose rootstocks, announce further collaboration in Kenya to strengthen the market position of revolutionary varieties and rose rootstock.
The agreement was signed by Reinoud Hagen (MD Cut Flowers EMEA at Dümmen Orange), Koen Stigter (Product Manager Rose at Dümmen Orange) and Peter van de Pol Jr. (MD and Partner at PRO). The agreement grants Dümmen Orange full licensing for the propagation of ProRoot rootstocks on its existing genetics as well as on the genetics of breeders currently represented by Dümmen Orange in Kenya. The collaboration creates a win-win situation for both companies and allows growers to choose from a broad range of high-quality cut rose-material in Kenya.
Commenting on the agreement Koen Stigter says, “Dummen Orange and especially our team in Naivasha, Kenya is very excited about this opportunity to propagate ProRoot rootstocks in Kenya. Over the years we have gathered information on the ProRoot rootstock varieties and monitored their performance in our assortment as well as the assortments of other breeders that we represent. Working with different rootstocks give new insights into plant characteristics and thus new opportunities.”
Peter van de Pol Jr. adds, “Dümmen Orange and ProRoot have a long history of close cooperation. This new development will allow Dümmen Orange customers to grow using ProRoot rootstocks and obtain the effect of CO2 at a fraction of the investment costs.”
Reinoud Hagen concludes, “We are very pleased that from now on we can deliver ProRoot rose rootstocks in Kenya as well as in Ethiopia.”
Pictured left to right are Peter van de Pol Jr. (MD and Partner at PRO), Koen Stigter (Product Manager Rose at Dümmen Orange), Reinoud Hagen (MD Cut Flowers EMEA at Dümmen Orange).