Kenya plans to boost horticultural exports to China
A florist goes to her job at the City Market in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, November 2, 2020 (Photo: Xinhua)
This photo, taken on February 4, 2021, shows avocados hanging from a tree branch in Muranga County, Kenya. (Photo: Xinhua)
Kenya is seeking to increase its horticultural exports to China in order to increase its income, the industry said on Monday.
Ojepat Okisegere, CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya, told reporters in Nairobi that China, which has a huge consumer market, can generate better income than traditional markets in Europe.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya generated around 148 billion shillings (about 1.36 billion US dollars) from horticultural exports in 2020.
Okisegere said Kenya is currently exporting frozen avocados and flowers to China.
The industry is looking to expand into new markets such as China to reduce over-reliance on a single region, Okisegere added.
The industry official added that the country wanted to take advantage of the well-developed air and sea freight links between Kenya and China to boost horticultural exports.
He said he can quickly increase horticultural production due to the availability of large tracts of land suitable for growing flowers, fruits and vegetables.