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Green bean farmers in Kenya continue to lose ground in EU market

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Wednesday, 08 June 2016

Green bean farmers in Kenya continue to lose ground in EU market

Green bean farmers in Kenya have continued to lose ground to their competitors in the EU market due to what Homefresh Horticulture Export Ltd marketing manager Sheila Wachania calls ‘crazy’ sanctions. The Kenyan government has also done little to pacify the situation leaving farmers and exporters to find their place on their own in the cut-throat competition.“Our revenue has gone down by 50% in the last three to four years due to the strict rules that have left us at a disadvantage. Ten per cent of our produce has to be tested at the airport before shipping. Testing is a good thing because we also have to meet what our clients on the other end want, but we feel like orphans, the government has done too little to help us retain our market out there, we are on our own and it’s not easy,” explains Sheila. With Homefresh Horticulture Export Ltd profits margins going done by almost half in the last three years, this year things might even be worse, due to the erratic weather patterns.

Source: freshplaza.com