Jungle Talks to Vietnam                                                                                                                   
6 May and 13 May 2021 (16.00 – 17.00 CET)

In the past year radio program “Jungle Talks to the World” has been putting the spotlight on horticultural developments around the world. This year, from May 6 onwards, it will continue with brand new episodes in English, discussing what’s going on in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) in 15 different countries. Vietnam is up first, an up and coming ‘Asian Tiger’ and a country that, also in horticulture, is putting itself on the map.

Agricultural Counsellor Willem Schoustra, along with Gerrit Bulk (general manager BeJo Vietnam), Hoshi Lin and Robert Wang (general manager en marketing manager at Royal Base / Apollo Farms) and Rene van Rensen (R&D Director Fresh Studio) will take the audience on an inspiring horticultural journey to a fascinating country.

Certain regions in Vietnam, especially Dalat, possess a great natural climate for the production of fresh produce. Labor costs are also attractive and labor quality is excellent. These factors among others, have stimulated the expansion of CEA in the past couple of years.  

On May 6, 16.00 hrs CET Ed Smit will introduce the four guests and the companies/organizations they represent. One week later, again from 16.00 hrs CET onwards, they’ll discuss four relevant themes that will give you important insights in Vietnam’s current situation and future outlook.

If you are interested in Vietnam, being a (technical) supplier, investor, consultant, trader, teacher or student, don’t miss these programs on May 6 and May 13 to get value insider insights in this fast developing country.

‘Jungle Talks to Vietnam’ is powered by Paprika Tasty Radio and Jungle Talks and supported by Netherlands Enterprise Agency. Following previous shows in Dutch, the program now continues in English and will also be made available as podcast. In addition, the shows will be offered to foreign radio stations as syndicate radio.

Tune in on Thursday May 6 and May 13 via at 16.00 hrs CET.   

Webinar to address horticultural industry peat use and developing Sustainable Growing Media - May 18

FloraCulture International (FCI) magazine, supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), invites all those in the ornamental horticulture supply chain to discuss the path towards sustainable growing media.

The use of peat in horticulture is increasingly challenged by governments and NGOs around the world as part of the battle against climate change. The horticulture industry requires good quality, consistent growing media that is available at a good price. For many years peat has ticked these boxes while at the same time growing media producers and researchers have been investigating alternatives.

Find out what the global industry thinks and join in the conversation on 18 May in the ‘Sustainable Growing Media’ webinar from 3pm to 4.30pm CEST.
Register, free-of-charge today

The webinar will begin with a presentation from Mr Marko Pomerants, President of International Peatland Society (IPS), who will provide the current global perspective on the use of peat in horticulture and what IPS is doing to support and address sustainability concerns.

This will be followed by a presentation from Ms Cecilia Luetgebrune of Growing Media Europe who will discuss how growing media suppliers are tackling the issue of sustainability. She will explain more about the barriers to change and how these are being overcome in different countries.

Ms Catherine Dawson of Melcourt Industries Ltd, UK, will discuss the establishment of the Sustainable Growing Media Sourcing scheme in the UK and how the supply chain is achieving sustainability against the backdrop of strong environmental lobbies.

There will also be a panel session with Mr Moritz Bőcking of Klassmann Deilmann, Mr Hein Boon of RHP and Mr Jan de Smet, director of Forteco, part of the Van der Knaap Group. Webinar participants will be able to pose their questions and join the debate.

Facilitated by experienced webinar organiser Jungle Talks, the webinar is supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH).

The 1st International Horti Quiz is a fact! 

Jungle Talks  is teaming up with Quiz Brothers and presents a new, entertaining event for anyone interested in horticulture; the International Horti Quiz.

On 24 March 2021, from 20.00 – 22.00 CET, the first International Horti Quiz will take place. Meiny Prins, CEO of Priva and the driving force behind the Sustainable Urban Delta, will do the official kick off.

This first quiz is about the fundament of sustainable production; Soil, Substrates and Seeds. These themes will be hosted by Koppert Biological Systems, Grodan and Seed Valley respectively. The quiz will also contain two rounds with general questions.

After the quiz, participants can join one of the three breakout rooms to learn more about the aforementioned themes to get in touch with specialists working at the sponsor companies.

Each team will have one team captain who can invite 4 more (groups of) people to join his team. The invitation that will be sent to the captain, can be shared by him / her on 4 more devices. Young and old, specialists and generalists, beginners and professionals, everybody is welcome. Prizes can be won but, the winners will be selected randomly.

Ed Smit, and Renee Snijders of Jungle Talks: “We invite anyone with an interest in horticulture. The International Horti Quiz will provide insights and knowledge yet in a fun and entertaining way. Participation to this quiz is and will remain to be free of charge. A voluntary contribution to a good cause, to be announced during the quiz, will however be appreciated’’.

Teams can register for the International Horti Quiz via the site.

Understanding and developing ornamental horticulture in China

Join a free webinar on Tuesday 23 February 2021 at 2pm (CET) to take the pulse of what is happening within China’s ornamental horticulture industry. FloraCulture International (FCI) magazine, supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), invites ornamental growers and traders worldwide to learn about the Chinese flowers industry. You can register for this session here:

There will be five presenters for the ‘Understanding and developing ornamental horticulture in China’ webinar who are all key stakeholders ready to illuminate in abundance the opportunities and challenges in this country’s market.

China’s development in recent decades has been truly remarkable. The future continues to look bright, although last year’s signs of growth are briefly moderating due to the severe impact of Covid-19 in the industry. However, production levels in China are near to standard levels. Currently, China and other Asia Pacific regions are showing hopeful signs of recovery. The economic upturn is coming, and the best proof is skyrocketing shipping costs with people willing to pay exorbitant prices for products sent from China to Europe.


•            Introduction

•            A comprehensive overview of ornamental horticulture in China

•            Round table discussion

•            Q&A session

•            Conclusion and closure


Mr Wouter Verhey, the Agricultural Counsellor at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. He will discuss the state of China’s ornamentals sector while reflecting on the impact from, and responses to, the coronavirus pandemic.

Ms Julienne Zhu will represent the Nursery Stock section of the China Flower Association (CFA), the industry’s most potent voice. She will highlight the challenges and opportunities of nursery stock products in the People’s Republic of China and the change and progress this fast-growing sector experienced over the past few decades.

Ms Katherine Fan Young is the sales manager at Dutch-based Holex, which is arguably among the big players in exporting flowers from the Netherlands to China. Katherine will detail how Holex’s wholly-owned Shanghai office today serves as an important logistics hub where flowers sourced worldwide come together to sell to Chinese shoppers who are always looking for new and niche products.    

Mr Just Roos will speak on behalf of horticultural engineering company Codema Cultivation Systems from the Netherlands. This company leads the way in supporting ornamentals and fresh produce growers with the right technology. Codema opened its Beijing branch in November 2019 to be closer to their Chinese customers. One of them is AiBiDa for which Codema fits a mega rose farm in Lanzhou with state-of-the-art greenhouse technology.

Finally, Mr Arnoud Touw. He is ICL Specialty Fertilisers’ Business Lead in Asia for Turf and Ornamental. He will explain why its iconic fertiliser brands Osmocote and Peter Professional are gaining momentum with Chinese growers working with containerised nursery stock and potted plants.


Exploring the world below our feet with John Kempf and Jill Clapperton

Today the engaging presentations of John Kempf and Jill Clapperton led to a flood of questions and lively discussion on soil health and the future of food production, both for field crops and vegetables grown in protected environments. 
If you missed the live session, please watch the recording here:

Upcoming session in series on plant health puts the spotlight on the soil 
To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems initiated the webinar series ‘Plants for Life, Plants to survive’ in December that highlights the importance of plant health and how it connects to human health.

After the kickoff session, ‘A healthy plant feeds healthy people’, that took place on December 22, the upcoming 2nd session will focus on soil health.
When we walk on the ground, we are really walking on the roof top of another world. The amount of living organisms below ground is considered to be far greater than that above ground. Together with climate, these organisms are responsible for the decay of organic matter and cycling of both macro- and micro-nutrients back into forms that plants can use. Healthy soil means healthy food and in the end healthy animals and people. Two internationally renowned experts will dive into the world below our feet and share their knowledge and experience with the audience.

Jill Clapperton is the Principal Scientist, founder and owner of Rhizoterra Inc. and a well-known international lecturer and advocate for practices that promote soil health. She has been focused on the connection between healthy soils, healthy food and healthy people for the last 25 years.

John Kempf is a grower, an entrepreneur, speaker, podcast host and teacher. He founded Advancing Eco Agriculture, Crop Health Labs, Ozadia, and the Regenerative Agriculture Academy and is passionate about the potential of well managed agriculture ecosystems to reverse ecological degradation.

If you want to join this session on February, please register via this link:
Did you miss the kickoff session on December 22? Watch the recording here:

New webinar series had a successful kickoff
The new webinar series 'Plants to survive, plants for life', dedicated to plant health, kicked off successfully on December 22. Mark van der Werf, senior consultant with Koppert Biological Systems and Stijn Baan, marketing director at Koppert Cress inspired the audience with their presentations and by connecting plant health to human health. If you missed the 'live' session, you can register to watch the recording via this link.  The series continues in 2021, keep an eye on our agenda to stay informed! 

International webinar to mark Year of Plant Health

Koppert Biological Systems and CABI present a new webinar series on plant health

To mark the Year of Plant Health, Koppert Biological Systems, in cooperation with CABI, has organized a webinar series that highlights the importance of plant health and how it connects to human health. Inspiring keynote speakers will shine their light on various aspects of plant health and human health and discuss their viewpoints with an online audience of young professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, chefs and government reps; in short anyone with a passion for plants and people.

The kickoff session, ‘A healthy plant feeds healthy people’, will take place on Tuesday, December 22, at 16.00 hrs CET. It will feature Stijn Baan - Marketing Director at Koppert Cress and agricultural entrepreneur of the year 2020 in the Netherlands - and Mark van der Werf, senior consultant plant health at Koppert Biological Systems.

International webinar speakers

Koppert Cress is an award-winning horticultural producer and family-owned company in the Netherlands. The company produces freshly-sprouted cresses from 100% natural aromatic plants. In addition to cultivating high quality cresses in a sustainable way, the company’s vision transcends the horticulture sector.
‘Good nutrition is crucial for a healthy life; the production and consumption of fresh, healthy vegetables are inextricably linked to a healthy life and thus healthy humans,’ says Stijn Baan. The company’s Marketing Director is passionate about changing the way people look at food. He represents the next generation as well as a new vision on how that story should be communicated and shared with the rest of the world.

Koppert Biological Systems is an international biocontrol company. Senior Consultant, Mark van der Werf, will elaborate on curative vs. preventative measures and inform the audience about what pest and disease control will look like in the (near) future.                                                                    

‘The way in which we grow crops at the moment makes the plants an ideal food source for a broad range of pests and diseases. Large-scale monocropping continues season after season and makes it even easier for pathogens to build up. The use of pesticides developed to cope with these problems has been restricted and many pests and diseases have become resistant to chemical agents.

We need to change the way we perceive crops and give the plant the tools to fight its own battle through passive and active immunity by working together with microbes in the soil. Once you understand how a plant really works, it’s remarkable what it is capable of,’ says Mark van der Werf.

This webinar series is facilitated by experienced webinar organizer Jungle Talks.

If you want to join the kickoff session on December 22, please register via this link:
More information on this new webinar series can be found on

Introducing a webinar in association with FCI, AIPH and FLOWERSEXPO Moscow 

Understanding and developing the Russian flowers market 

Join a free webinar on Tuesday 8 September that will take the pulse of what is happening within the Russian Flowers Industry. FloraCulture International (FCI), the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) and Russia’s premier horticultural trade show FlowersExpo Moscow invite ornamentals growers and traders from around the world to take a look at the Russian flowers industry.

There will be six presenters for the ‘Understanding and developing the Russian flowers market’ webinar who are all key stakeholders ready to illuminate in abundance the opportunities and challenges in this country’s market.

Russia’s development in recent decades has been truly remarkable. The future continues to look bright, although the signs of growth are briefly moderating due to the severe impact of Covid-19 in the industry. In agriculture, there is a growing effort to meet the self-sufficiency challenge, which is having ripple effects on the ornamentals sector.

Qhat will you learn during this webinar?

  • In 60 minutes from your desk, discover how to export in Russia.
  • Size and characteristics of the Russian flowers market
  • Consumer behaviour for premium ornamentals and a rising middle class
  • Distribution channels
  • Challenges and opportunities for imported flowers
  • Competition and collaboration
  • Remarks on the export process, phytosanitary procedures and import substitution.


  • Introduction
  • A comprehensive overview of the Russian flowers market
  • Round table discussion
  • Q&A session with the audience
  • Conclusions and closure

To attend this free webinar, register your place here. 




Successful webinar 'Supporting growers coming out of the COVID-19 crisis' icw FCI and AIPH

On June 30, Jungle Talks facilitated and presented a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on the global floricultural sector. Dr. Charlie Hall of Texas A&M University, Toine Overgaag of Westerlay Orchids and Arie van den Berg of Berg Roses shared their experiences. The session attracted a professional audience from more than 50 countries. If you're interested to watch the recording, you can do so via this link:

Supporting growers coming out of the COVID-19 crisis

FloraCulture International (FCI) is pleased to invite ornamentals growers from around the world to join a free webinar that will help you learn from the experience of others and define the right path for your own business as you recover from the business effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 1.5-hour webinar will take place at 4pm, Central European Summer Time (CEST).

Facilitated by experienced webinar organiser, Jungle Talks, and supported by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), participants can listen to other growers. 
Dr Charlie Hall will open the webinar. He is a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Ellison Chair in International Floriculture, at Texas A&M University, in the USA. He will outline the approach that growers need to take in reviewing their businesses and determining next steps.
Two floricultural growers will follow Charlie; Toine Overgaag from Westerlay Orchids, California, the USA and Arie van den Berg of Berg RoseS with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Kenya and China. They will share their experiences in handling the crisis and their plans for the future. After the presentations, there is a chance for webinar participants to ask questions and discuss strategies.
If you are interested to register for this session, please do so via this link:


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