Another blooming ACP winner
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CTA. 2002. Another blooming ACP winner. Spore 98. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Kenya has taken over the top slot in global flower exports: exports in 2001 were up to 32 million kg of flowers by early October, compared with 38.2 million kg in the whole of 2000.Competitors countries have suffered their setbacks: Latin American...
Kenya has taken over the top slot in global flower exports: exports in 2001 were up to 32 million kg of flowers by early October, compared with 38.2 million kg in the whole of 2000. Competitors countries have suffered their setbacks: Latin American exporters such as Colombia have been hard-hit by economic recession, and Israeli growers, beset by their country s clashes with the Palestinians, are tempted to switch investment to Kenya. After a slight hiccup in growth caused by the El Nino storms of 1997-98, according to reports in The Nation newspaper, there are now about 1,000 hectares under glass. Growers employ between 40,000 to 50,000 people, and a similar number are involved in related businesses such as packaging. The success story of this ACP country s horticulture is relative. With foreign ownership dominant, many observers question the amount of economic gain to the country. And the world flower market is turning more and more into a 'jungle' with new producers jumping on the bandwagon. The Pacific islands state of Fiji, thousands of miles from any sizeable market, is said to be preparing for an onslaught on the east Asian and North America market. [caption to illustration] Thorny issues of wages, ownership and land lie behind the beauty