Horticulture earns Kenya US$3.04bn as export markets become lucrative

KENYA - Kenya earned US$3.04 billion on account of good prices in the export market for the 2017 year, a 41% increase from the previous year, according to the market data from the Horticulture Department. This covers flowers, fruits and vegetables whose overall sales rose from US$2.15 billion in 2016 to US$3.04 billion last year…

Midlands Horticultural Processing Factory in finds fresh life in vegetables

KENYA - A business partnership between a United States based export company and a US$11.8 million horticultural processing factory in Nyandarua has re-energized farmers in the area. Officially opened in 2004, Midlands Horticultural Processing Factory nearly collapsed due to years of mismanagement. Farmers lost confidence in the facility, opting to sell their potato to brokers.…

Horticulture sector players tipped on quality

RWANDA- Horticulture sector stakeholders should embrace international standards and ensure quality along the value chain to boost exports into European markets, experts have said. The Dutch and UK experts added that Rwanda can only be able to increase its exports to Europe if farmers and exporters ensure quality along value chain and also add value…

Kenya lifts temporary ban on avocado exports

KENYA - Kenya's Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has lifted a temporary ban on export of all Kenyan Fuerte and Hass avocado varieties over maturity issues - a move welcome by fresh produce exporter Selina Wamucii (Kenya) Ltd. According to CEO John Oroko, the lifting of the temporary suspension on the avocado exporters would bring…

Total Produce buys 45% in US fresh produce company Dole Foods

USA - Global fruit and vegetable distributor Total Produce has agreed to buy a 45pc stake in US-based Dole Food for $300m (€242m). Dole is one of the world's largest fresh produce companies, and a producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables. In the twelve months to October 2017 it generated revenue of $4.5bn…