Mkulima today coronavirus hit us hard earlier this year but with everything during the pandemic all is not lost. Farmers earn big during covid as exports grow during the pandemic. With the African spirit of resilience, we believe there is always a better way to get over it.

And with this, the agriculture sector in Kenya has not been left behind either and has become one of the industries leading the war against COVID.

Agriculture is one of the industries that employ most of the people in Kenya especially the youth.

Horticulture exports

Farmers earn big during covid as exports grow during the pandemic. Earnings from horticulture exports grew Sh7 billion in the first five months of the year, helped by high demand for vegetables and fruits, defying the Covid-19 pandemic that disrupted the global market where Kenya sells the bulk of its produce.

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Data from the Directorate of Horticulture indicates that the earnings rose to Sh72 billion between January and May from Sh65 billion the same period in 2019, an 11 percent increase.

Fruits registered higher growth compared to vegetables and flowers, lifted mainly by increased demand and volume of avocado.

Fruits earnings nearly doubled to hit Sh11 billion in the review period from Sh6 billion in the corresponding first five months of 2019, while vegetables recorded a kSh 400 million jump from Sh10.1 billion last year to Sh10.5 billion this year.

Flower earnings were up by Sh2.1 billion to record Sh51.1 billion, a 4.2 percent rise.

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