Kenya eyes UAE to boost horticulture exports

Kenya is targeting to boost its overall horticulture exports through increased exports to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the industry said on Thursday.

Ojepat Okisegere, CEO of Fresh Produce Consortium Kenya told journalists in Nairobi that the bulk of the country’s fresh produce is absorbed by the European Union and Britain. “One strategy to increase our exports by 25 percent annually is through tapping additional markets such as the United Arab Emirates.”

Government data indicates that Kenya exported goods worth 308 million dollars in 2020 to the UAE against imports of 832 million dollars. Okisegere noted Kenya is prioritizing additional sales of flowers, avocados, bananas, tomatoes, and beans to the Middle East nation.

The UAE seems to be an ideal market for the country’s fresh produce because it is less than five hours by air and less than two weeks by sea freight. 

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