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Why prospects of flower farms don’t look so rosy

Unfavourable conditions are holding back floriculture from reaching its potential. file photo | nmg
Unfavourable conditions are holding back floriculture from reaching its potential. file photo | nmg 

Recent figures by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) show that the country recorded an increase of 12 per cent total export earnings from horticulture in 2016.

Of this, 70 per cent (Sh70.83 billion) came from floriculture, a jump from the 2015 earnings of Sh62.94 billion.

The higher production and total earnings however mask the harsh reality that the average prices for horticultural products were still down with the prices index at 151.7 last year compared to 165.3 in 2012.

This means farmers’ net earnings are less per unit of production than they did in 2012.