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Sunday, 26 Feb 2017 16:24 EAT
The Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders have urged farmers in the horticulture sector to increase mango production for export to the huge Chinese market. Kenya Chinese Chamber of Commerce chairman William Zhuo said in Nairobi that the demand for mangoes is high in China and Kenyan farmers will only have themselves to blame if they don't seize the opportunity.
Mr Zhuo described China as a ready market for Kenyan mangoes and all Kenyan farmers needed to do was to grow and export the fruit. He was briefing the press on the sidelines of Kenya-China mango trade stakeholders meeting. Also attending the meeting was Kenya Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance officials and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry members.
During the meeting, Chinese nationals residing in Kenya bought mangoes. "In the last two hours, 15 tons of mangoes have been sold", said Mr Zhuo. But he was quick to take note of the fact that most Kenyan mango-growing farmers did not have the capacity to grow the fruit in large quantities for export. "We are ready to help the farmers through improving capacity, value addition, transfer of technology and opening up of the Chinese market.
A member of the East African Legislative Assembly who hails from a mango-growing Ukambani region, Mr Peter Mathuki, said exporting the
fruit to China will help in the balance of trade between the two countries which is currently favours China.
Mr Mathuki, attending the meeting, told the media that the gathering was seeking ways and means of creating awareness in the Kenya agribusiness circles on the vast market in Kenya.