Vegetables & Fruits conference starts today in Nairobi

Vegetables & Fruits conference starts today

Stakeholders in the fruit and vegetables sub sector are converging today at Kenya School of Monetary Studies this week to discuss existing challenges and opportunities with greater emphasis on promoting competitiveness of the sector .

The Fruits and Vegetables Conference and Exhibition 2017 has been organised by the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK) and Kenya Association of Small & Medium scale Fruits and Vegetables Exporters (KEFE). The horticulture sector has remained a key foreign exchange earner alongside tea, diaspora remittances from and tourism, in addition to creating millions of Jobs along the value chain.

Mr. Hosea Machuki CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)

 Hosea Machuki CEO, Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK)

Recent studies by the Agriculture and Food Authority have shown that the production of vegetables, fruits and nuts production in Kenya has increased tenfold in the last 20 years. Further, leading vegetables in production and value were Irish potatoes, tomatoes and cabbages. The major fruits grown in order of importance in Kenya are banana, mangoes, pineapples, avocado, pawpaw, oranges, watermelon, and passion fruit.

With a growing domestic consumption of fresh horticultural produce, food safety concerns will be addressed. Recently reports of produce unfit for human consumption confirm the importance of a value chain approach to food safety and quality.

The conference will highlight key intervention in the sector that include enhancement of production efficiency, diversification to other non-traditional export markets product differentiation and by shipping direct to the major supermarket chains. The conference is supported by among others, USAID – KAVES, the Kenya Market-led Horticulture Program-HortIMPACT , Netherlands Development Organization and Global Communities , SOCAA, SGS, COLEACP and Stanbic Bank.