, Naivasha, Kenya, Jan 25 – Oserian Development Company has been recognized as the top producer of cut flowers at the International Grower of the Year awards held in Germany.
This year’s competition, which drew participants from across the world, saw Oserian win 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.
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, an annual fete organized by the International Association of Horticultural Producers seeks to celebrate excellence and best practices in flower production.
“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.
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.
Kinyua said 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.”
She said key to their strategy is identifying roses that benefit from their vast 50 hectares of geothermally heated greenhouses. Inside the 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.
Last year Oserian won three awards in the Federation of Kenya Employers Awards for innovation and productivity, responsible business conduct and inclusivity and diversity in what points to the Company’s commitment to people and planet through sustainable flower growing practices, investment in staff welfare and ethical production of world class flowers.