Kenyan Horticulture, 50 years, in retrospect…. Presentation by Hasit Shah (Tiku) Managing Director: Sunripe Kenya; Terra Fleur; Koppert Biological Systems Kenya; Serengeti Fresh Tanzania Chairman: Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
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Hasit Shah (Tiku)
Managing Director: Sunripe Kenya; Terra Fleur; Koppert Biological Systems Kenya; Serengeti Fresh Tanzania
Chairman: Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya
Director : Horticultural Crop Development Authority Kenya
Director : COLEACP
Chairman : Horticultural Board, Export Promotion Council, Kenya
World Bank Global Forum on Building Science, Technology & Innovation Capacity
Land area: 580,000 sq. km
Asian and Arab origin.
Kenya has an amazing climate & a range of ecological zones that allows year round production of a number of agricultural crops. The first settlers planted Coffee, Tea, Sisal, Sugar Cane, Cotton, Rice, Wheat & Maize and this led to the establishment of large estates and strong agriculture learning institutions. Del Monte then set up their Pineapple plantation for processed pineapple in the mid 1950’s
1963 : Post Independence Migration to the UK led to establishment of two way trade & entrepreneurs identified opportunities to supply indigenous vegetables to migrants
1970’s-80’s : Significant growth due to favourable domestic policies for exports & a growing demand for fresh produce
1990’s & the new millenium : Rationalization in the industry due to international competition, higher costs of production & the drive for food safety, quality & emerging standards leads to a consolidation of the industry & a focus on value addition to produce top-end high products
2006 Top end, value addition
70’s : Bulk product
-all important for both foreign & local investors, producer & exporters
Reasons for Success: Government …contd.