KENYA SEES 20 PCT RISE IN DEMAND FOR FLOWERS FROM EU

NAIROBI, Demand for Kenyan cut flowers from the European Union market has risen by 20 per cent since December 2016, says Van Den Berg Flower Farm human resource manager George Onyango.

The Valentine’s Day season brought good tidings for the sector which had been faced with uncertainty following Brexit.

The slow growth in the flower sector has been attributed to the Brexit vote which saw Britain choosing to disengage itself from the European Union and in effect weakening the Sterling Pound.

The flower farm is exporting 500,000 cut flowers daily, helping to stem the challenges the sector has been facing in the recent past, including the ambiguity surrounding the signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement between Kenya with the EU.

Of essence is the sunny condition which is a downside to other sectors that are dependent on rain-fed agriculture but which is an advantage to flower farmers.

Flower farmers are optimistic that the stalemate regarding the Economic Partnership Agreement will be solved so as to protect flower exports from duties which would make them less competitive in the European market.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK