Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Flower farmers upbeat ahead of Valentine

11 February 2015, 08:33

Nairobi - Kenyan flower farmers are upbeat ahead of Valentine Day and are projecting a rosy feature for the sector despite the recent losses incurred during the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) impasse.

The farmers said on Tuesday that they want to take advantage of the cold weather condition in Ethiopia to reclaim its lost market share during Valentine.

According to Kenya Flower Council (KFC) chairman Richard Fox, Ethiopia was currently experiencing cold weather conditions which had affected its flower production.

"We want to take advantage of the low flower production in Ethiopia to reclaim our share of the European market during valentine," he said in Naivasha.

Fox noted that this year's flower demand were similar to last year but was optimistic that the market would change with time.

"The Euro is currently weak, meaning less shillings for Kenyan farmers but after solving the EPA impasse we see a bright future for the sector," he said.

Fox said the council was seeking new markets and identified U.S. , Japan and China as some of their targeted destinations.

"We have some few farms selling the flowers to Japan and China, and the only challenge facing the U.S. market is lack of direct flights," he said.

Maridadi Flower farm Managing Director Jack Kneppers projected a drop in the price of flowers during Valentine which will be marked across the world on Saturday.

He noted for years the price of flowers had the tendency of dropping if Valentine was held on a weekend. "There is no change in the demand of flowers this time round, but we project a drop in prices of flowers as Valentine comes in on a weekend."

Oserian Flower Farm Communications Officer Dorcas Ngure said many farmers were optimistic that demand and prices would change after the EPA impasse was resolved, but this had not changed.

"Ahead of Valentine, demand remains the same but we hope that this will change once the new markets of U.S., Japan and China fully opens up," she said.

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page!

- Xinhua


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Leave ODM if you are unhappy, Rai...

Leave ODM if you are not happy, Raila Odinga tells Senator. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Former Assistant Minister joins J...

A former Assistant Minister has quit PNU and joined the Jubilee Party. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
DP Ruto intervenes as Kerio Valle...

DP William Ruto will visit Kerio Valley to try solve never-ending clashes between local residents. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
ODM MP chased down by angry Kibra...

Kibra MP Ken Okoth had a hard time in his constituency after angry youth pelted him with stones. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
Prepare for DP Ruto fight in 2022...

An MP has warned that the Kalenjin Community will not stand back and watch as DP Ruto is duped ahead of the 2022 polls. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Be careful who you deal with, DP ...

Watch out for your political future, DP William Ruto has been warned. Read more...