Kenya’s earnings from horticulture exports hit KSh148 billion in 2020, defying the harsh economic times brought about by the global COVID-19 pandemic that threatened to bring the industry to its knees.
The earnings increased from KSh143 billion in 2019, despite a 15% decrease in flower volumes alongside a 13% decrease in vegetable exports in 2020.
The Directorate of Horticulture says that the earnings were boosted by the high demand for fruits as Europe—Kenya’s primary market for fresh produce—reopened following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
Meanwhile, the national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has recently partnered with local horticulture exporters to enhance fresh produce’s capacity carried on its flights by lifting Kenya’s fresh produce to the overseas market from which KQ will seek to grow its share of cargo revenue. Horticulture exporters are seeking better freight terms under the new collaboration.