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   China Among Biggest Markets Of Kenya Cut Flowers
by Athena Yenko, Business Times
Posted: Monday, October 15, 2018 at 3:49PM EDT

Kenya has now become the fourth largest supplier of cut flowers worldwide with the sector earning more than $800 million in 2017 alone according to Clement Tulezi, the CEO of Kenya Flower Council.

The Kenyan flower industry has rapidly grown from exporting 10,946 tons of flowers in 1998 to 86,480 tons in 2006. The growth was sustained in the following years with 120,220 tons in 2010, 136,601 tons in 2014, 133,658 tons in 2016, and 159,961 tons in 2017 according to data from the Horticultural Crop Directorate.  The country's flower industry has brought in 1.06 percent to Kenya's Gross Domestic Product. The sector also employed more than 100,000 people directly and an estimated 2 million people indirectly.

China, having a voracious demand for Kenyan flowers, has significantly pushed the nation's flower industry through the years.

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