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Kenya, Lake Naivasha, Rift Valley. January 2011. Rose harvest in Block 6 of Karuturi farm. The world's largest greenhouse, [of more than eight acres (8 hektar) The workers earn on average 2 Ä per day] ..|| Most workers are migrants from poorer parts of Kenya or the neighbouring countries The truth is that here they make money which they could not make otherwise. But many live in the slums around the lake like the one of Karagita next to the flower farms. That is where they rent tiny shags with cardboard walls and roofs made of .plastic bags for a third or more of their monthly salary. No electricity, no water, no toilet..the Karuturi farm is owned by Sai Rama Krishna Karuturi, 43 (2011), a mechanical engineer from Bangalore, India, the king of roses. He also owns Lands in Ethiopia, computer companies in India, a canning fac-tory. Four years ago he bought this rose farm on Lake Naivasha in Kenya. it is the largest in the world producing 650 million roses a year. Karuturi supplies mainly to Europe. In Germany, Aldi and Edeka two discounter chains are among its largest customers..The flower industry facing accusations by the environmental groups and workers unions from unsafe working conditions to low wages to reckless environmental practices, as contributing massively to the depletion of the Lake Naivasha eco-system through their cultivation methods; horticulture still continues to be one of the fastest growing sub sectors in Kenya's export sector, growing at over 7% annually. The Kenya Flower Council, KFC, says the accusations are not un-warranted since a number of renegade-investors had declined to adhere to standardised protocols that was leading to the degradation of the lakes eco-system.. A struggle to protect wildlife, water and a rapidly expanding human population, who are desperate to feed their families, has increased tension in the area... (KEYSTONE/LAIF/Hans-Juergen Burkard)
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