Kenya’s Fresh Produce Gets a New Market, China
Kenya and China Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) deal reached at in last November to have Kenyan exporters selling their farm produce to populous China will see Chinese inspectors visit the country.
This is to purposely to certify the agricultural produce to ensure they meet the set health standards and requirements for the expansive Asian market.
Kenya is set to benefit significantly from the agreement made during the inaugural China International Import Expo as it covers dozens of fresh produces having in mind that the country highly relies on the Europe Market.
“We have a team coming in from China on March 27 for the final certification of our, and then we are good to go,” Jaswinder Bedi, chairman of state-run Export Promotion Council (EPC), said by telephone.
“We will start seeing a difference (growth in exports) because market expansion is now happening. It takes time to negotiate with some of these countries because they use technical barriers of trade to stop your exports.”
Some of the products covered are avocados, vegetables, flowers, French beans, legumes, herbs, peanuts, mangoes, and macadamia.
Also, products like meat, hides and skins, gum arabica, bixa, Asian vegetables, and myrrh will also be exported to China as according to November statement by State House’s press office.
“It (Chinese market) is a massive opportunity for us. Now that we have signed an SPI with China where we did not have market access, we are now sensitizing all our counties. We are telling them ‘we have opened the market for you, start exporting,’” Mr. Bedi said.
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