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Monday, 02 May 2016

Zimbabwe asks Netherlands to save horticulture

President Robert Mugabe requested the intervention of the Netherlands government in 2013 to help rebuild the country's ailing horticulture industry after it slipped into the doldrums as exports tumbled, a diplomat said last week. From an annual revenue of US$143 million in 1999, statistics indicate that the country earned a paltry US$40 million through horticultural exports in 2013. And last week, Zimbabwe's export trade promotion body, ZimTrade, said the value of horticultural exports declined to US$23,5 million in 2015. At its peak, the sector was the second largest foreign currency earner after tobacco, contributing an average four percent to gross domestic product. The country exported about 90 percent of total fresh vegetables to Britain, South Africa, Zambia and Namibia and 80 percent of fruits were consumed by British and South African markets.

Source: freshplaza.com