Dubai firm eyes more vegetables from Kenya

Dubai-based agro-commodities firm and distributor Armela Farms plans to double the number of vegetables and fruits it imports from Kenya by inking new supply deals with local producers.

The firm, which was founded by the family of Kenyan entrepreneur Kanti Shah, said it would raise its weekly imports quantity of baby spinach, avocados, strawberries, and herbs from the current 2.5 tonnes to five tonnes.

They previously owned Nakuru-based Menengai Oil Refineries, which were sold to the Rai Group in 2011. The firm, which also produces hydroponic-grown lettuce in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), partnered with Naivasha-based VegPro to boost its product range.

Armela Farms director Rachan Shah told the Business Daily that the Kenyan products will be supplied to local retail chains and restaurants in Dubai. “We are planning to add more products from Kenya. We are working with a grower there to add baby spinach, avocados, strawberries, berries, among others, to our product range,” said Ms. Shah.

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