The high demand for vegetables and fruits has enabled the horticulture sector in Kenya to grow. The sector has realized ksh72 billion in the first five months of the year despite the COVID-19 pandemic that created a large disruption in the global market where Kenya sells most of her produce.
There was an 11% increase in growth compared to the same period last year.
Between January and May, the earnings rose to Ksh72 billion while in 2019 the earnings were Ksh65 billion.
This is according to data from the Directorate of Horticulture.
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There was an increased demand for avocado.
Fruits recorded an earning of Ksh11 billion, 5 billion more compared to same period in 2019 which realized an earning of ksh6 billion.
Vegetables recorded an earning if Ksh10.5 billion compared to Ksh10.1 billion.
Flowers recorded a 4.2% rise from Ksh49 billion to Ksh51.1 billion.
The head of the Horticulture Directorate Benjamin Tito, said that they have been supplying horticulture to a few countries at a relatively higher price which increased the earnings in the last five months compared to the previous period.
The increased value of the products, defied the restrictions imposed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to Mr.Tito, the high earnings were a result of the high demand and the good prices that Kenya’s produce fetched in the world market.
The earnings increased although there was a 12% drop in the volume of the produce to 136 million Kilogrammes from 156 Kilogrammes the previous year.
The European market has seen a high demand in fruits and vegetables in the wake of COVID-19 for dietary needs in order to boost body immunity.