Horticulture has been a big export earner for Kenya. Over the years, the horticultural sub-sector has grown to emerge as the most important sub-sector in the agricultural sector with market data from the Horticulture Department indicating that overall sales rose from Sh216 billion in 2016 to Sh305 billion in 2017.
A look into the flower export sector, according to the Kenya Flower Council shows sales hitting the Kshs 100 billion mark thanks to rising international demands from the Kenyan flower as new markets continue to emerge.
This week, Nairobi is set to host the multi-billion dollar global flower industry fraternity for a three-day International Flower Trade & Exhibition that opens on Wednesday June 6, 2018, at Oshwal Centre, Parklands opposite Nakumatt Ukay at 10 am.
For the first time in the Kenyan flower history, buyers from the US will be in attendance, encouraged by the introduction of direct flights between Kenya and US and growing interest in Kenya flowers by Americans.
Flowers and horticultural produce from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Rwanda will be on display to international buyers from 60 countries from all continents with American Flower Buyers Among the 6,000 Delegates who will make their way to the International Flower Trade Expo and Fresh Produce Africa Show.
This year also marks the introduction of the Fresh Produce Exhibition, which will bring together local growers of fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices and international buyers.
This new development is meant to position Kenya as an agriculture hub in Africa, and position Kenya is the Continent’s host of one the world’s largest horticultural trade shows.