Kenya earns more from flower exports
August 15, 2017 at 7:35 pm #16612
Kenya’s flower exports grew 20 per cent in the first five months of 2017, shrugging off challenges such as last year’s move by Britain to leave the European Union (Brexit) and the subsequent weakening of the Sterling Pound that were expected to slow down demand.
Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows cut flowers earned the country Sh42 billion (USD 404 million) between January and May compared to Sh35 billion (USD 337 million) earned over a similar period in 2016.
Flowers, together with fresh produce such as fruits and vegetables, are a key foreign exchange earner and last year brought the country Sh101.5 billion (USD 978 million).
The major horticulture products that Kenya exports include roses, French beans and mangoes. UK and the Netherlands are among the leading export destinations for Kenyan horticultural products.
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