Kenya is located on the East African Plateau and straddles the equator. Its unique geographical position is suitable for the growth of rose and other flowers. Kenya is the fourth largest exporter of fresh-cut flowers in the world. In recent years, the flowers from Kenya have become very popular in the Chinese market. China's flower imports from Kenya are increasing by the year.
The launch of direct flights between cities of China and Kenya has enabled the flower markets of both countries to align with each other, said the general manager of a Kenyan flower company who is called by his Chinese name He Qinwen.
He disclosed that while it used to take three days for Kenyan flowers to be transported to China, nowadays flowers produced in Kenya can be delivered to Chinese consumers within about 20 hours, making China the fastest growing consumer market of Kenyan flowers.
According to He, his company exported about 330 tonnes of flowers to Chinese market in 2016, and materialized a dramatic increase to about 1,000 tonnes in 2017.
(Compiled by Shan Xin; Video edited by Wang Xiangyu)