Poor Weather Slashes Sh10bn In Horticulture

Workers at Equator Flowers farm in Eldoret. FILE PHOTO | NMG

Earnings from horticulture dropped by Sh10 billion last year compared with the previous period marking one of the poorest performances recorded in the sector in recent years.

Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) statistics show the earnings in the review period dropped to Sh144 billion from Sh154 billion in 2018.

Flowers made the bulk of the earnings at Sh104 billion with vegetables emerging second raking in Sh25 billion, followed by fruits at Sh13 billion.

The reduction in volumes is attributed to adverse weather conditions including drought at the beginning of the year and heavy rains that spoiled the produce. There were also some interceptions on Kenyan vegetables due to non-compliance and especially presence of pesticide residues. Read more…

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