Kenya’s flower industry has tapped into the growing Chinese market in order to boost earnings of the sector, as part of the country’s effort to diversify its markets of exporting. The expanding Chinese economy has created demand for high quality flowers, Kenya Flower Council (KFC) CEO Jane Ngige told Xinhua in an interview before and during the two-day Naivasha Horticultural Fair, one of the biggest events of the kind in Africa, which concluded on Saturday…Full Article: China Daily Sept 2017

Key Points

  • The bulk of Kenya’s flower exports to China are generally transshipped via Netherlands-based flower auctions [i.e. Aalsmeer Flower Auction].
  • In 2016, according to the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), Kenya exported 133,000 MTs of flowers. The primary export destination was the European Union.

ChinaAg Comment

  • From 2015 to 2016, Chinese (incl. Hong Kong and Macau) imports of fresh cut flowers increased from 10,739 MTs to 12,021 MTs. The top supplier was Thailand, followed by the Netherlands and Malaysia. Fresh cut orchids were the most popular variety of flowers imported by China. Over the same time period, Chinese imports of fresh cut orchids increased slightly from 7,251 MTs to 7,435 MTs.

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