KENYA – Kenya’s food industry,  meat, tea, and coffee sectors in particular, are expected to reap big from the higher volumes of trade expected from the renewed trade cooperation with Islamic Republic of Iran.

According to the Kenyan president, Dr William Ruto, through the renewal of our cooperation with Iran, Kenya is looking into using Iran as a gateway to access 12 other countries in Central Asia, tapping into Iran’s technology experience.

“Trade between Kenya and Iran has been on a steady increase with tea export to Tehran improving 8-fold in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period last year. Value of tea to Iran hit Sh4 billion in the first quarter of 2023,” he noted.

Ruto added that the trade volumes between the two countries are still low but with potential to grow noting that Kenya and Iran will strike a formula that will facilitate higher exports of tea, coffee and meat.

He also argued that Kenya and Iran have signed more than 22 MoUs and agreements which will be key to the cooperation in development, education, scholarships, infrastructure, health, water, fisheries and agriculture.

President Ruto appreciated the fact that Kenya will also use the West Asian country’s wealth in technology and innovation for its development.

He pointed out that the setting up of the Iran House of Innovation and Technology in Nairobi will offer the right platform for Iranian and Kenyan businesses.

Earlier this year, Kenya signed a deal to export 40-50 tonnes of sheep and meat to Iran with an estimated export value of 773.9 million (USD 6 million) per month.

In addition, the agreement indicated that Kenya would also export 10000 tonnes of onions and tea to Iran.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Alfred Mutua, added that the deal is expected to significantly boost the economy and create more opportunities for farmers and also for traders.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, about two-thirds of the red meat is produced in the arid and semi-arid regions where the pastoralists keep approximately 70% of the country’s livestock, about 9.7 million beef cattle, 9.6 million goats, 8.3 million sheep and 800,000 camels.

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