In 2020, Kenya's vegetable exports have dropped to 24 billion shillings (about US$220 million) as compared to US$248 million the year before. CEO of the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya, Okisegere Ojepat, issued a statement saying that Kenya shipped approximately 60,000 tons of vegetables compared to 73,000 tons in 2019. He forecast that the continued spread of COVID-19 in the key markets for Kenyan vegetables will also affect the performance of the sector this year.
According to the industry lobby, the key vegetable exports include French beans and snow peas, which are mostly sold to the European Union and Britain.
Ojepat said that emerging markets for vegetables include the Middle East and Asian nations. He observed that Kenya earned 167 million dollars from exports of fruits in 2020 compared to 120 million dollars in 2019.
The east African nation sold over 104,000 tons of fruits overseas last year with avocado and mangoes as key products. "We are looking to expand our markets for fruit by exploring the United States, north and West African nations which look promising," Ojepat told xinhuanet.com.