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Flower Trade Expo Exbition Opened In Nairobi-21st March 2012
The Minister for Agriculture Dr.Sally Kosgei has observed that Kenya contributes 30% of the world flower trade and is the leading flower grower and exporter in Africa. In 2011, Kenya exported flowers worth Ksh 45 Billion representing 50% of the total horticulture exports which stood at Ksh 91 Billion. The minister said this when she opened the 2012 international flower trade expo exhibition at Oshawal centre in Nairobi.
The minister added that horticulture currently contributes to about ksh 250 Billion to the Kenyan economy in terms of both export and local consumption. The sub-sector employs about 4.5 Million people and contributes to 11% of the GDP.‘The government will strengthen the Horticultural Crops Development Authority, the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute, the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service, Pest Products Control Board and other relevant institutions to enable them play a greater role in improving standards in the subsector.’ She emphasizedShe assured investors, growers and customers that the Kenya government has put in place policies and legislations that facilitate further growth of the horticulture subsector and by extension the flower industry.
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