The Kenya Flower Council Members endorsed the revival of the Kenya Horticultural Council (KHC). This was done during an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) held on Friday May 8, 2015 at the Practical Training Centre, Thika. FPEAK also held a similar meeting to discuss the same where they also gave a go ahead.
The reinvigoration of the Kenya Horticulture Council (KHC) which was launched in 2007 by both FPEAK and KFC will be a vehicle to address the challenges facing the horticulture industry.
The export horticulture industry is faced with major challenges in sustaining market shares secured over the last 10 to 15 years propelled in part by luck of a unified industry voice; dynamic and stringent market access requirement; lack of a comprehensive national traceability system to entrench compliance involving both public and private sector stakeholders throughout the value chain.
These challenges have led to Kenya’s horticulture produce being uncompetitive at the traditional market, especially beans, peas and peas in pods, mainly grown by small scale growers, where a significant market share has been lost.
Most unfortunately, this state of affairs has led to substantial erosion of confidence in Kenya, as a source of high quality fresh produce. As a result horticultural produce from Kenya is under increased scrutiny, at a time when integrated pest management systems have been established successfully, significantly reducing use of chemicals. Diversification to new, high value products in the field of summer flowers is being stifled. There is therefore a need to adopt a national strategy to holistically address the challenges.