Fu­ture prospects

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Kit­tony hoped that more hor­ti­cul­ture ex­port com­pa­nies will be set up as China con­tin­ues to open its mar­ket to Africa. “Visa re­stric­tions [to China] are not as strin­gent com­pared to those of Euro­pean coun­tries,” said Kit­tony. He also ques­tioned whether or not in fu­ture Chi­nese farm­ers would farm in Kenya and ex­port their pro­duce back home.

“Land poli­cies un­der cur­rent Kenyan laws are al­ready in place and for­eign­ers can own land. I hope more and more Chi­nese are set­tling here and work with Kenyan cit­i­zens,” said Kit­tony, hint­ing that any­thing was pos­si­ble.

More than 50 per­cent of Kenyan agri­cul­tural ex­ports com­prises hor­ti­cul­ture, Kit­tony added. Other Kenyan ex­ports to China in­clude tea, cof­fee, beef, croc­o­dile meat, and tex­tiles.

Kenya also hopes to ex­port ex­otic meat prod­ucts to China such as impala and os­trich by next year. More than 10 other African coun­tries are also ex­port­ing hor­ti­cul­ture, in­clud­ing South Africa, Nige­ria, Tu­nisia and Namibia.

(Re­port­ing from Kenya)

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