by Ben Ochieng
NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya’s mango
farmers will soon be able to export their produce to China to
prevent a price slump amid abundant harvest, a chamber of
commerce official said Saturday.
Chairman of Kenya
Chinese Chamber of Commerce Zhuo Wu said during the Chinese
Mango Festival held in Nairobi that they will soon start
exporting Kenyan-grown mangoes to China in order to boost local
"We will work together with Kenyan mango growers to assist
them to source for market for their products in order to absorb
their bumper harvest," Zhuo said.
Zhuo said the Kenyan farmers from Machakos County, one of
Kenya’s drought-stricken areas, approached the trade federation
to help find market for their produce to prevent the perishable
fruits from going bad and hence incurring losses.
"We responded to their appeal and were able to purchase 15
tonnes of mangoes and in the process putting money in their
pockets," Zhuo said.
East African Legislative Assembly Member Of Parliament Peter
Mathuki said the event created awareness and visibility for the
products and expanded the farmers’ pool of potential buyers.
"The Chinese have shown true friendship especially by buying
the mangoes at almost three times the market price in order to
assist their Kenyan brothers so that their farm products do not
go bad," the lawmaker said.
He welcomed Chinese investors to build factories in the area
to take advantage of the abundant mangoes grown in the county.
The region is more densely populated with mango trees than
anywhere in the country.
However, farmers have found it difficult to profit from the
local mangoes, which fruit at the same time of the year,
resulting in lower prices and wastage, with so many unsold
mangoes left to rot.