May 16, 2022

Avocado, pineapple and mangoes push Horticulture exports up 6.4pc in Kenya

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High demand for avocado, pineapple and mangoes pushed the horticulture earnings by 6.4 per cent to Sh8.7 billion in the 11 months to November compared to the corresponding period last year.
The head of the Directorate of Horticulture Benjamin Tito said that the country earned Sh145.4 billion between January-November, up from Sh136.7 billion last year.
“The total value of horticultural produce exported in 2021 from January to November rose from Sh136.7 billion in 2020 to Sh145.4 billion in 2021 representing a six per cent increase. The total volume of exports increased by 85 million kilos, representing a 30 per cent rise that was attributed to increased demand especially flowers and vegetables,” said Tito.
Tito said that the highly demanded items were fruits, vegetables and flowers, which pushed up the volumes by 30 per cent in the period. The main fruit exports were avocado, pineapple and mangoes, which are exported mainly to The Netherlands, France, The United Kingdom, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
“This boosted the earnings despite lower average export prices compared to those seen in 2020. The volume of flowers exports increased from 287.8 million kilograms in 2020 to 373.78 million kilos in 2021. This was a 3.3 per cent rise while value increased from Sh99 billion to Sh101 in the period under review,” Tito said.
“The vegetable volumes rose to 65.13 million kilos from 34.38 million kilos in 2020 while its value increased from Sh13.9 billion in 2020 to Sh23.78 billion. The volume of fruits increased by 11 per cent, from 99.5 million kilos in 2020 to 110.5 million kilos in 2021 but its value dropped marginally from Sh17.75 billion to Sh17.57 billion.”

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