By Nicholas Nduati
The sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures have began to bite the flower export business.
Reports now indicate that a considerable amount of Kenyan flowers are yet to meet the international standards in terms of residual content and pest infection.
Kenya Flower Council CEO Jane Ngigi says the organization is developing a software as well as a mobile applications aimed at electronically tracking the value chain from planting to marketing.
The full exploitation of the flower sector in the country continues to be faced by a myriad of challenges ranging from poor farming methods that do not meet international standards as well as low government support.
Ngigi says addressing issues of compliance by players in the sector remains key. To this end, Ngigi says having all those involved in flower production to conform to the code of conduct will help overcome this challenge.
To ensure that only flowers that meet international standards are exported, the flower council is developing both a software and a mobile app for use by all farmers and marketers.
According to Ngigi, the reluctance by government to issue VAT returns to exporters is also affecting cash flow in the sector.
To further grow the sector, Ngigi says the council will work with the devolved units in boosting production as well as addressing the multiplicity of taxes resulting from both the national and county governments.