According to latest statistical releases by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, Kenya earned kshs 56.83 billion (480 million euro) from horticultural exports in the period between January and April. The figures represent a 40.41 per cent increase in sales compared to the same period of last year.
This increase is mainly attributed to good rains and better quality standards.
The total value of flowers exported for the first four months represents more than half the value of the exports in 2017.
In 2017, earnings from exported flowers were Sh82.24 billion up from Sh.70.83 billion in 2016, positioning the sector as second to tea in agricultural earnings to the government.
The horticulture sector has kept an improved performance in the recent years attributed to compliance with the export market requirements by majority exporters especially to the European Union. This has also been promoted by Kenya Horticulture Council launched in 2017 to support the industry in complying with various international market standards and address the existing threats of documentation, tariff barriers and non-tariff barriers.
additional info - the star newspaper Kenya