Kenya is world’s 4th-largest flower exporter and makes over $500m a year
London, Feb. 16, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Some of the known major exporting commodities and source of foreign exchange in Africa are crude oil, gold, diamond and cocoa. But in Kenya, flower export has become next to gold after the country raked in over $500 million exporting the commodity
According to a July 2018 report by the Worlds Top Exports, cut flowers and plants represent 10.4% of the country’s exports, making it the second most exported product from Kenya. In 2017 alone, the country made
$595.6 million from flowers exported to Europe, the United States and some parts of Africa.
In ranking, Kenya is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of cut flowers behind the Netherlands, Colombia and Ecuador, and makes up 7% of global market share. Despite dropping to 4th place from its original 3rd place since 2015, the country is expected to see a climb when 2018 report is released
Kenya’s top buyer is the Netherlands which then sells close to 35% of the flowers bought from Kenya to the EU. Other direct buyers include Germany,
Russia and the U.S. and some 56 other countries worldwide
Thanks to the great weather that Kenya boasts of almost all year round, flowers from the East African country, specifically roses, carnations and summer flowers are known to last longer than flowers from other parts of the world.
The industry provides a source of income to some 500,000 Kenyans and according to the Kenya Flower Council, it’s looking to expand its global reach setting its eyes on Asia where several Kenyan products have been very well accepted. This could expand the country’s global percentage to 10%.
The next time you are looking to get some beautiful long lasting flowers, you might as well look at ordering from Kenya especially if you love African products or live in the continent.
The country also hosts several flower and garden showcasing events that attract florists and flower enthusiast from all over the world. The Kenyan floral industry officially kicked off in 1996 when the Kenya Flower Council was formed to bring independent florists together and start exporting. (f2f Africa)