(Xinhua) -- Fresh produce exporters from Kenya are
looking forward to the upcoming China International Import Expo
(CIIE), which takes place next week, noting that it would help
grow market for their goods.
Hosea Machuki, chief executive officer of the Fresh Produce
Exporters Association of Kenya, said Wednesday that the import
expo by the Chinese government meets the need of local
Machuki told Xinhua ahead of the exhibition which begins in
Shanghai on Nov. 5 that the CIIE may be what Kenya needs to help
lower the trade gap with China. “We need to change this, one way
or the other, that is why we are happy with the expo,” Machuki
According to the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya, Kenya earned
some 1.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 from fresh produce
exports, a rise of 11 percent from 2016.
Of the income, flowers contributed about 820 million dollars, up
from 708 million dollars in 2016, while fruits and vegetables
earned 90 million dollars and 20 million dollars, respectively.
Kenya sells its fresh produce mainly to Europe but industry
players are keen on tapping into the Asian market.
“We expect to start selling herbs like basil, rosemary, chives,
tarragon, mint, parsley, thyme and others that are being grown
in Kenya to the Chinese market,” said Machuki, noting the expo
presents opportunities to sell Kenyan produce.
He noted that Kenya currently exports flowers to China but the
export business is facing technical barriers that have slowed it
President Uhuru Kenyatta will lead the Kenyan delegation that
comprises of exporters, trade experts and exhibitors to the expo