Kenya's flower production rises to 130,000 tonnes in 2014
21 October 2015, 21:36
Naivasha - Kenya's flower
production increased to 130,000 tonnes in 2014 worth 530 million U.S. dollars
from 120,000 tonnes worth 447 million dollars in 2013, officials said on
Latest statistics from the industry regulator, the Kenya
Flower Council (KFC) the East African nation is ranked third after world
leading producers Columbia and Ecuador.
"The country's flower growth has risen from zero to
seven percent in the global market in around 15 years," Ngige said during
the launch of a new flower chemical Luna Tranquility by Bayer company in
Naivasha, about 90 km northwest of Kenya.
She said the sector had experienced growth in the last
couple of years despite facing various challenges.
Ngige attributed the gradual rise to good farming practices
by farmers, adding that the image of the sector had changed positively in the
last couple of years.
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Despite the rise in flower production, Ngige said the sector
was facing a groom future due to increased challenges with projections of a
drop in production in the coming year.
She said the market excess and the fluctuation in currencies
mainly the U.S. dollar was adversely affecting nearly all the flower farmers.
"Flower farmers procure through the dollar which is not
stable but we get the returns through the Euro which is currently
relaxed," she said.
Ngige identified other challenges as expected El Nino rains
and the high tax regime from the county and national governments. She said that
they expected the coming rains to cause damage to infrastructure and lead to an
increase in flower diseases.
"The coming year will be a difficult one due to the
many challenges facing the sector and if we can hit last year's target then we
shall be comfortable with that," she said.
Bayer Head of Marketing in East Africa John Kanyingi noted
that the new product could contain mild dew disease.
He said the mild disease was responsible for 40 percent of
cost of production, adding that with the new product this could drop to around
"The mild dew disease was developing resistance but the
Luna Tranquility will address that as flower farmers spend 70 percent of their
budget in dealing with diseases," he said.