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    By George Munene

    According to Kenya’s Horticultural Crops Directorate measures taken to reduce fruit flies in the country’s mangoes could finally yield a dividend with the resumption of direct mango exports to Europe in September this year after seven years.

    Exported mangoes fetch farmers up to six times more, Sh30, to Sh 5 for mangoes sold or processed locally. The country’s mango exports have been restricted to the Middle East, greatly diminishing the earning potential of Kenya’s mango farmers. 

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    Kenya imposed a self-ban barring the export of mangoes to European Union nations in 2014 due to a high fruit fly load. This was done with the long-term interests of mango farmers in mind, meant to avoid the country being sanctioned by the EU.

    Measured put in place to combat fruit flies include the creation of pest-free zones in mango growing areas. Farmers hoping to be part of the export chain will also have their fields assessed to determine their produce is suitably free of pests.

    Mangoes that are meant for the export market also need to be harvested before they are fully ripe so that they can be shipped and arrive to oversee markets perfect for consumption.

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    Despite the ban, the illegal exportation of some of Kenya’s mangoes has gone on through third-party countries in the Middle-East used as a conduit to getting the country’s mangoes into Europe. The resumption of direct exports will serve to slow this down, maintaining the originality of the country’s produce, which Wilfred Yako--the assistant director of regulation and compliance at Directorate of Horticulture--says sits up there with the best in the world and serves to credit the exporting nations undeservedly.

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    By George Munene

    A marketer by profession, Brian Masila, Mbuzi Yangu’s founder has created a fast-moving goat market that leverages online platforms to help farmers find a ready market for their animals as well as delivering quality stock and information to farmers looking to get into the business of goat rearing.

    Mbuzi Yangu deals in Galla, Boars and their crosses as well as Dorper sheep, these are the breeds Masilla has found to be most in demand. For farmers to be on-boarded and able to sell through Mbuzi Yangu, they need to meet the platform's quality standards. These include properly kept records and their animals have to be pure breeds, vaccinated and well managed. There are no limits to the number of goats a farmer must have with some delivering as much as 600 heads while others who are just starting out as little as 10 goats. 

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    By meshing his experiential marketing background and having kept goats for home consumption since 2009 at Makindu along Mombasa road, Mbuzi Yangu came into being in July 2020: “The Covid-19 restrictions had made it difficult for myself and other farmers to dispose of agri-products through traditional channels such as markets which had been forcibly closed. I posted some pictures of our herd online and had overwhelming inquiries from guys looking to buy them. For what had been a side-hustle, this very much opened my eyes to the exceptional demand that exists for Galla goats, Masilla says. 

    Goats multiply exponentially with little input, the only major hindrance to keeping them being land availability. This is especially the case with Gallas which are known for being prolific double kindlers (birthing twins); from a stead of about 30, his herd now numbers close to 400 goats. 

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    For a good month, Mbuzi Yangu sells 400-600 goats and sheep. A holding area at Athi River helps to collect them from farmers across the country, cash on delivery. From here they are dispatched to various buyers across the country as orders come in. For Gallas, young does that are about to be served sell for Sh6,000 and bucks Sh8000. Boer bucks fetch Sh60,000 to 40,000 depending on size while Galla, Boer buck crosses are sold for Sh 18,000.

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    By Brian Moseti

    An increase in appetite for traditional African vegetables (TAVs) is opening up new markets for Kenyan farmers abroad. The demand has been brought about by a rise in the numbers of Africans immigrating to the US, Europe and Australia. 

    This is in addition to the reduction of barriers in accessing these markets as a result of ongoing deals between the Kenyan government and their counterparts abroad

    Negotiations on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) regulationshave helpeddevelop food safety standards that allow locally certified products by institutions such as the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) to enter the European market. Similar discussions with the US are ongoing,” said Peterson Nyanchwayathe Manager of Trade Advisory Services at the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency

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    Following the continued removal ofnon-tariff barriersKenyan farmers are now finding it easy to access profitable markets outside the continent. 

    “It is now less hectic to sell your products in developed countries provided you meet the required safety thresholds,” said Marion Wesonga, a farmer from Kakamega, who independently exports dried vegetables to clients in the UK after acquiring the necessary certifications

    Ms. Wesonga, who stayed in the UK for five years, between 2013 and 2018, realised a demand for indigenous African vegetables as saga (African spiderweed), kunde (cowpeas)terere (amaranth) and managu (black nightshade) from the Kenyan community abroad. 

    “It is quite difficult to get the vegetables we are used to in foreign countries, hence the need to source them from Africa,” said Wesonga, who exports dried vegetables, which fetch her almost five times the price in local markets.

    Yet, one does not need foreign contacts to enter the export market. Locally, there are several companies that contract farmers to produce vegetables, spices and other horticultural crops, which they then process and sell outside the country. 

    For the average farmer, partnering with these companies is ideal as it reduces the number of engagementsare involved in before selling their produce. One such company is Mace Foods, which mainly serves farmers from Western Kenya. 

    Founded in 2002, Mace Foods specializes in dehydrated spicesindigenous vegetables andherbs. The company offers contracted farmers the support needed in the production process and a guaranteed market for their produce. Presently, Mace has contracts with 1,810 farmers from 14 counties, but it plans to expand its database to 4,000 farmers by the end of 2021.

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    “For us to meet the demand in international markets, we need to increase the number of farmers we work with by more than twice,” said the company’s founder and managing director, Margaret Komen. 

    In its expansion plan, Mace is working with a KSh54.41million loan from Kenya Climate Ventures, which will go into managing collection points, processing infrastructure and certification processes for farmer groups.

    For more information on how to reach the export market, contact the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agencythrough phone:0722205875 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    To reach Mace Foods for information on the farmer contracting process call:0720391290

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