By Davison Vandira
A Kenyan delegation specialising in horticulture is in Zimbabwe at the invitation of national trade promotion body -Zimtrade, with the two countries seeking to increase trade volumes in the horticulture sector.
The visit by the Kenyan delegation is a culmination of a state visit to the East African nation by President Emmerson Mnangagwa where engagements under the Joint Permanent Commission on Cooperation yielded seven Memoranda of Understanding in March this year.
National trade promotion body- ZimTrade is therefore seeking to carve niche markets for small holder farmers to export to Kenya.
Chief Executive Officer of Fresh Produce Export Association of Kenya Mr Hosea Machuki is upbeat about Zimbabwe’s quality horticultural produce being added to the Kenyan import basket.
“I am happy to say that our mission here is to find horticultural produce that can be exported to Kenya and indications are that we have come to the right place because as a country we have a production deficit in this area,” he said.
ZimTrade Export Development Manager Mr Tatenda Marume is ecstatic about establishing symbiotic economic relationships with Kenya in their renowned horticulture industry.
“As an export promotion body we are very much happy with creating opportunities for our farmers to enhance their income levels through exporting their produce and these engagements will change livelihoods for the betterment of Zimbabwe in general,” noted Marume.
Government acknowledges the importance of the country’s horticultural industry in spearheading economic growth, hence it has set aside a UDS$30 million revolving fund for the sector.
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