NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
European firms that source flowers from Kenya have
lauded the current political stability, noting it has improved their
Marcel Zandvliet of the Dutch Flower Group, one
of the largest buyers, said unfavorable political environment
affects business since products are delayed or don’t reach them at
"We are happy with the current business environment.
"Bad political situations affect logistics making it hard for
flowers to reach us," he said on Wednesday.
He added that unfavorable news from Kenya further affects
perception of consumers who shun products.
"When people hear of the negative news, they buy from elsewhere
which slows down business," he observed. The company mainly buys
roses from Kenya, which they blend with others.
"Kenya is our main source of flowers. We also buy from Ethiopia
but Kenya is the major," he said.
The firm sources flowers from growers in Naivasha, Mt Kenya,
Kitale, Nakuru, Kiambu and Nakuru.
The current business environment has improved following political
pact between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival in last year’s
polls Raila Odinga on March 9.
Kenya in 2017 exported flowers worth 1 billion U.S. dollars up
from less than a billion dollars, according to statistics from the
Flower Council of Kenya.
Kenya’s horticulture sector
eyes Chinese market to boost revenues
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s horticulture sector is seeking to increase
sales in the Chinese market in order to boost revenues, the industry
said on Tuesday.
Hosea Machuki, the CEO of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association
of Kenya, told a media briefing in Nairobi that currently less than
two percent of horticultural exports are sold in China.
"We are therefore going to intensify marketing efforts in China
in order to expand the horticultural sector revenues," Machuki said
during a media briefing on the upcoming Kenya Trade Week that will
take place from July 29 to Aug. 1.
The second edition of the Kenya Trade Week will showcase what
Kenya has in stock for both the domestic and export market.
Government data indicates that the bulk of horticultural exports
end up in the European Union and the rest goes to the Middle East,
United States and Australia.
Machuki said Kenya will also take advantage of the high frequency
of flights between Kenya and China to promote exports. He noted that
Kenyan flowers and avocados could get a ready market in China.