KENYAN FARMERS URGED TO TARGET EXPORT MARKETS

Kenya has a huge export market for its various agricultural produce which local farmers should exploit by raising output to assure a stead supply of various agricultural commodities, says the Principal Secretary (Assistant Minister) of Trade, Dr. Chris Kiptoo.

Dr. Kiptoo during a visit to Meru County in central Kenya, some 220 kilometres north of here last week, noted that Washington’s African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) enabled the country to export its agricultural produce to the United States market.

“We also have market openings in the European markets, Japan and India among other countries. The major challenge is our lack of enough products to satisfy market demand,” said Kiptoo, who added that Kenya’s export earnings last year totalled 600 billion shillings (about 6.0 billion US dollars), which included tea from Meru County.

“Our export base is still narrow because 56 per cent of the exports last year constituted five products. We are working with county governments through co-operatives to make sure there are sufficient quantities to trade,” he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.