Africa Connected

Exports of quality flowers showcase Kenya as a serious international trader

Nikiwe couldn't visit Kenya for the Africa Connected campaign with Standard Bank, investigating sectors of opportunity, without picking up on the story of Kenya's success with flowers!

The East African country continues to defend its position as the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world - accounting for around 35% of all sales in the European Union.

Roughly half of the country's 127 flower farms are concentrated around Lake Naivasha, around 90kms northwest of Nairobi. The area has established itself because it has a freshwater lake and is not very far from Nairobi, which makes export easy. So with the area's warm climate and good supply of water, high-quality blossoms can be grown year-round without the need for expensive-to-run greenhouses.

According to CEO of Kenya Flower Council Jane Ngige, who met Nikiwe at the Nairobi City Flower Market, part of the recipe for their success has been their close working relatinship with the flower vendors...

"They are the public image of the flower industry - they are the ones who flower offices, hospitals funeral homes."

Jane Ngige, CEO of Kenya Flower Council

Nikiwe gets a guided tour of the Nairobi City Flower Market

But moves are afoot to improve what is already great. The Flower Council has established a committee to bring younger vendors - fresh thinking - into the industry. This business is significant beyond foreign exchange earnings in that it employs 100 000 people directly, and about 500 000 indirectly.

"You are looking at 125 000 tons per year as of 2015 - worth about 600 000 Euros."

Jane Ngige, CEO of Kenya Flower Council

Click here to access the Africa Connected portal or click below to watch Nikiwe's chat with Jane Ngige below...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Ethiopia get ready... Lee Kasumba will be landing there soon

Ethiopia get ready... Lee Kasumba will be landing there soon

702's Lee Kasumba heads to East Africa to find out about business innovations on #AfricaConnected.

Mauritius is fast becoming Africa’s textile hub

Mauritius is fast becoming Africa’s textile hub

The textile industry has helped transform the Mauritian economy - constantly evolving to meet the world's needs.

The University of the future has African roots

The University of the future has African roots

With a fresh approach to new age tertiary education, the doors of learning are wide open at African Leadership University.

Profiting from Paradise? Here’s why Mauritius comes out tops

Profiting from Paradise? Here’s why Mauritius comes out tops

Mauritius has built a good reputation for moving efficient in terms of innovation and implementation.

Buckle up, young entrepreneurs are doing it for themselves

Buckle up, young entrepreneurs are doing it for themselves

Just a few years ago, Karrim Abbasakoor took the leap and left corporate Mauritius to venture into entrepreneurship.

Mauritius is inviting the world for an authentic Creole (business) lunch

Mauritius is inviting the world for an authentic Creole (business) lunch

Greeted with a warm welcome, Nikiwe sits down with the owner of a local eatery to chat about traditional Creole food.

Popular articles
Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Most common sex-related injuries and how to avoid them!

Experts say vaginal tears, broken penises and the loss of foreign objects in the body are often seen in the ER

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Radio powerhouse joins 702

Richard Nwamba will host a new African music show between 16h00 and 18h00 every Saturday.

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

Celebrity chef Siba Mtongana gets vulnerable, opens up about money

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Mtongana about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

[LISTEN] Father shares how he shot the man who raped his daughter

Johannesburg father, Chris says he had just come back from work when he walked in on an employee raping his 17 year old daughter.

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

Is the lovable Winnie The Pooh a boy or girl?

A trending Twitter debate has left social media users arguing over whether Winnie the Pooh is a girl or boy.

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

UPDATE: Chilling WhatsApp from Marli van Breda's ex-boyfriend read out in court

Marli van Breda's ex took the stand in the trial of triple murder accused Henri van Breda.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?