The story behind the Naivasha Horticultural Fair

19-08-2019    01:45   |    HortiBiz

Bosman Van Zaal has been participating in the Naivasha Horticultural Fair in Kenya for years. The Naivasha Horticultural Fair is one of the largest horticultural fairs in Africa and takes place annually in September in Naivasha, Kenya. What is the story behind this?


The NH Fair was founded by a few friends who, while enjoying a beer, decided that the professional side of the agricultural sector should be put in the spotlight positively. The costs of participation are kept low, so that small farmers and horticulturists from Kenya can exhibit their product and knowledge. In addition, everyone is welcome at the fair. Because of this and the fact that the fair takes place outside, with a large dining area and live music in the middle, the fair has a pleasant character. Many families and schools even go to the fair as a day out.

All proceeds go to NHTrust, the fund of the fair, which supports local charities, mainly aimed at children. For example, the fund supports the Naivasha Children's Shelter and the Rotary Safe House of Rotary Naivasha.


As one of the largest trade fairs in Africa, located in the horticultural area of Kenya, Bosman Van Zaal cannot be absent. During the fair, "Richard McGonnel is the big man behind this event, he is also the one who manages the charities. He does a good job with children who don't have parents or are exiled, in cooperation with Rotary Naivasha", Bosman Van Zaal General Manager Chris Alphenaar says. "NH Fair is a real like-knows-like fair. And the growers who come along are from the area. Usually, they come out with the whole family for a day out. That makes it a very pleasant fair. The nice thing about this fair is that the Dutch Embassy is represented and always organises something in the evening hours."

Partners Hoogendoorn and Svensson are also represented in Bosman Van Zaal’s stand. Philip Immerzeel of Svensson is always present and provides the necessary entertainment in the booth while enjoying fresh coffee. Hoogendoorn will also be present at all times. Martin Helmich is always ready to talk to the media.


Bosman Kenya was founded on 13 November 2009. So the company is almost celebrating its 10th anniversary. Bosman Kenya is located in the flower region of the country, in Naivasha. To be precise, in Flower Business Park. There the company has an office with a small team, as it usually uses labour present on the farms. Bosman Kenya builds sustainable crop production in the country. For example, by realising turnkey greenhouses based on smart water systems and solar collectors. In addition, Bosman Kenya has a shop with the necessary spare parts, which its clients gratefully use.

The next HortiFair Naivasha will take place from 20 to 21 September. 

Click here to read the original article at Bosman Van Zaal.

Photo credit: Bosman Van Zaal

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