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Int'l flower expo in Kenya

CNC
Added On June 10, 2018

The 2018 International Flower Trade Expo has just wrapped up in Kenya's capital, Nairobi.
 
Lifestyles went to find out more.
 
STANDUP (ENGLISH):RUTH BARU,CNC correspondent
"Kenya is well known in the world for it's flower production. Every year the International Flower Trade expo is held here in Nairobi,the Kenyan capital that attracts hundreds of people including exporters flower growers and well, just lovers of flowers. It hasn't been any different this year."
 
The three-day event attracted exhibitors and visitors from around the world.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) KENNETH H KAZIBWE, Uganda's flower exporter
"We are here at the IFTEX in Nairobi, we have come all the way from Uganda to Kenya because Kenya has emerged as a global inventor in this business.It's been a growing business but now Kenya has gotten there."
 
According to the Kenya Flower Council, in the last decade, the flower industry has seen huge growth around the world.
 
And Kenya has continued to strengthen its position in the export market.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) CLEMENT TULEZI , CEO of Kenya Flower Council
"Compared to our competitors in the region, we still remain number one exporter of cut flowers from Africa. 2017 we exported about 160,000 tonnes of flowers from Kenya,and in terms of the revenue that we generated, it was over 82 billion Kenya shillings (823 Million USD).”
 
Kenya is the lead exporter of roses to the European Union, with a market share of about 38%.
 
And its flowers are sold in more than 60 countries.
 
According to an expert in the floral industry, China's demand for Kenya's flowers has increased significantly.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): MATTHEA VAN DER MOLEN, General Manager of Royal Flora Holland in East Africa
"China was for us number one priority in 2017, still in 2018 and we are trying to access the market. We penetrate the Chinese market. We now have three points of entry in China in Guangzhou, in Beijing and in Shanghai and we are very successful in bringing business from Kenya to China."
 
This years marks the 7th edition of the International Flower Trade Expo, which is held annually in Nairobi.