Kisumu Horticulture UK exports will resume after mid-June


Kisumu Horticulture UK exports will resume after mid-June

Kenya’s Chief Executive Officer Okisege Ojepat Fresh Production Consortium. Photo | Salaton NJAU

Exports of fruits and vegetables from Kisumu to the United Kingdom will continue following a three-month break due to declining production in mid-June.

As the demand for Kenyan cargo increases in Lake Dar es Salaam, it will continue to carry direct cargo flights from the region, carrying three fresh produce per week from its last single trip.

The national carrier will continue its shipment to the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands later this month.

According to horticultural stakeholders, the planned Chilean production is enough to sustain three flights a week from Kisumu to the UK.

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“According to our review, we have enough Chilean flights to three flights a week starting next month. The resumption of direct flights will be an incentive for farmers, ”said Okserege Ojepat Fresh Production Consortium, Kenya.

While Kenya wants to increase its Sh153 billion fruit and vegetable production last year, exports to the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands include avocados, bananas and pineapples.

This comes as the country seeks to expand its international reach by partnering with Kenyan foreign missions and embassies in Europe and Asia to export Kenyan avocados and bananas overseas.

The brand includes a digital infrastructure to increase bidders and buyers to increase exports. Last year, Kenya’s avocado and banana prices were up 14.4 billion shillings and Sh3.6 billion respectively.

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The expansion of the airport from Kisumu to the world market was needed to integrate cargo handling and cold storage into a public-private partnership.

The domestic investor’s cold storage facility is a long way from establishing complete cargo distribution and cold chain logistics.

Farmers are expected to participate in value added and fish processing to participate in existing markets. Other exports from Kisumu include fish, mango, pineapple, peanuts, traditional green vegetables and organic beef.

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