Horticulture earnings in Kenya grew by 6.4 percent in this year. This fact is attributed to the higher demand for Kenyan produce in the world market.
Directorate of Horticulture head Benjamin Tito says Kenya earned Sh145.4 billion between January and November, compared to Sh136.7 billion last year.
In his view, the higher demand for Kenyan fruits, vegetables, and flowers pushed up the volumes by 30 percent in the period, which helped to boost the earnings despite lower average export prices compared to those seen in 2020.
“The total volume of exports increased by 85 million kilos, representing a 30 percent rise that was attributed to increased demand, especially regarding flowers and vegetables,” said Mr. Tito.
The volume of flowers exports increased from 287.8 million kilos in 2020 to 373.78 million kilos in 2021, a 3.3 percent raise, while value increased from Sh99 billion previously to Sh101 in the review period.
Vegetable volumes rose to 65.13 million kilos from 34.38 million kilos in 2020. The value also increased from Sh13.9 billion in 2020 to Sh23.78 billion in the period.
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