The County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industrialization, Co-operative Development, Tourism and Wildlife from Nairobi County Hon. Anna Othoro graced a half day flower vendors workshop organized by the Kenya Flower Council together with the Flower Vendors Association on January 13, 2015 at Parklands Baptist Church.
Hon. Othoro indicated willingness to find pragmatic solutions to the issues that are currently affecting the florists as they do their business in the county. She said the county is committed to work with the vendors in identifying areas where they can do business and also build kiosks. In regard to markets the vendors requested they be allocated spaces at Westlands, City Market and any other upcoming market within the County. The Minister said the county will launch a fresh produce market in Kariobangi and flowers will be considered.
With the Valentine’s Day just around the corner, she expressed her desire to have the vendors mount a more elaborate activity over the valentine month of February instead of the three days they usually do. It is noteworthy that domestic flower trade has shown marked growth. The remarkable initiative contributes to the development and growth of the local flower market, promoting a culture for flowers consumption among Kenyans. It has created employment, diverse and sustainable livelihoods among the youth in Kenya.
Further, it brands Nairobi as the capital of an internationally acknowledged lead country in the growing and exportation of cut flowers. Kenya currently supplies more than 40% of cut flowers sold in Europe and has developing markets in Russia, the Far East and America.