AIPH Spring Meeting debates global ornamental plant trade and environmental challenges

Representatives from organisations representing growers of ornamental horticultural crops met in London, UK on 2nd April to share information and ideas that will strengthen the position of the sector in the future.  During the Spring Meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) most countries reported difficult trading conditions throughout 2013 but there is optimism for improvement for 2014.  Poor weather throughout Europe last year hit producers but better weather and an improvement in the economic conditions for many countries is responsible for a better outlook.Productivity improvements are a focus of attention in Asian countries with the need to make efficiencies and improve systems to drive up profit margins.  Price pressure seems to be less of an issue for the landscape supply industry in Japan where there is a shortage of many plants as the country replants after the earthquake and prepares for the Olympics.

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Rachel Wakefield

Communications Executive and Associate Editor
United Kingdom