Agriculture is the largest contributor to Kenya’s gross domestic product (GDP) and is one of the Big Four Agenda priorities of Government. Major agricultural products include tea, coffee, and horticultural products. As a destination Kenya has many leading research institutions focused on innovation in crop protection and productivity, towards boosting food security.
The horticultural sector of Flower Exporters in Kenya currently ranks as one of the economy’s fastest growing industries. The Kenyan horticultural sector also ranks as the third largest foreign exchange earner after tourism and tea. This has been reflected in virtually year-on-year expansion in fruit, vegetable and flower exports, a trend that has seen the industry rise in the region of 10% per annum in in recent years. Top on the list of fresh horticultural crops exported annually are cut flowers, French beans, runner beans, snow peas, Asian vegetables, pineapples, mangoes, tomatoes, paw paws and passion fruit.
Kenya is the lead exporter of rose cut flowers to the European Union (EU) with a market share of about 38%. Approximately 65% of exported flowers are sold through the Dutch Auctions, although direct sales are growing. In the United Kingdom, supermarkets are the main retail outlets. Other growing destinations include Japan, Russia and USA.
The regions of North and South Rift Kenya offer organizers of international conferences an array of unique locations to connect with Kenya’s agricultural experts and top researchers, advancing network connections along the way.