The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) says it has strengthened its importance globally with the addition of two new members representing two of the largest production countries. AmericanHort (U.S.A.) and Ibraflor (Brazil) have both been accepted as full members of the AIPH.
AmericanHort (www.americanhort.org) represents the US ornamental horticulture industry which is worth around $163 billion and supports over 1 million jobs. The association was formed in 2014 by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and OFA—The Association of Horticultural Professionals. Ibraflor is the Brazilian Institute of Floriculture (www.ibraflor.com), representing 489 ornamentals growers across the country including major co-operatives supplying the significant Brazilian market. Brazilian ornamental plant production is worth €1.7 billion and Ibraflor members are responsible for much of this.
In welcoming the new members AIPH President Vic Krahn said “I am delighted to welcome AmericanHort and Ibraflor into the membership of AIPH. The ornamentals industry now consists of a truly international supply chain and as the world gets smaller so the importance of co-operating internationally increases. AIPH provides that forum and network. These new members strengthen our representation in the Americas giving even greater value to them and our existing membership.”