Kenya's Performance in horticulture
Kenya's horticulture export earnings are expected to grow by 10 percent this year thanks to above-normal rainfall, but the eurozone's financial woes were expected to dampen demand for flowers. The cultivation of fruits, vegetables and flowers, earned 91.6 billion shillings in 2011. Flowers account for half of horticulture earnings. Favourable weather is expected to increase horticulture production by 10 percent up from last year's 380,000 tonnes.  

Bad weather and falling exports in other countries has also boosted demand for Kenyan horticulture. 'Summer prices are better this year than last year partly because Egypt is not exporting as much due to the aftermath of the Arab Spring and weather patterns across the world have not been very favourable.
The debt crisis in Europe, which accounts for 82 percent of Kenya's yearly horticulture shipment, was expected to hurt demand for flowers but Kenya is hoping sales in new emerging markets can offset the loss. 'There are some new markets, Russia is looking good. Our volume of flowers going to ... the Netherlands auction are increasingly finding their way into China and far east Asia.' Their has been a slight increase in demand in Russia due to the drought, mainly in high-end vegetables, such as tenderstem broccoli and extra fine green beans.

Source:Reuters     2012.
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