Proceeds from mint exports to the Netherlands and the United Kingdom are set to rise as a result of the peak season which started in August and will continue until March 2020.
Mint farmers are projected to export approximately 30 tonnes per month during this peak season, as opposed to roughly 15 tonnes per month during off peak seasons.
Off peak seasons normally run from March to July, during which the demand drops from 100% to 50%.
August to March is considered a peak season because of the cold season in Kenya, making it favorable as compared to other mint exporting countries such as Netherlands and Israel.
Since the average price for a kilogram of mint is Kshs 694.92 during the peak season, farmers who time their produce for harvesting during this peak season maximize on their profits.
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