By Tendai Munengwa
ZIMBABWE has entered into a horticulture joint venture with Kenya, in a development expected to boost exports of value-added products.
Zimbabwe and Kenya are agro-based economies, with more or less similar agricultural products.
It is in this context that the Kenyan Produce Exporters Association has organised a virtual Agro-Trade Conference to establish a horticultural joint venture with Zimbabwe.
“This conference is a success as it is informative for Kenyan farmers and Zimbabwean growers. This will foster trade and partnership between the two countries and we look forward to when President Uhuru Kenyatta will open they ZITF end of this month,” said Hosia Machuki, FPEAK Chief Executive Officer.
Ambassador James Manzou, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said, “Indeed the promotion of corporation and collaboration between our two countries’ small holder farmers is one of the low hanging fruits in ensuring sustainable trade and investment.
“In this context, we can establish a profitable partnership for value addition and beneficiation for better competitiveness of agricultural produce on the domestic and inter-markets.”
The Horticultural Development Council of Zimbabwe chipped in, commending the Second Republic for creating opportunities and synergies which will see Zimbabwe and Kenya become formidable partners on the global market.
“We are grateful of the Second Republic for creating huge opportunities in horticulture crop line macadamia, fruit trees, blue berries. This is a good move that will see Zimbabwe and Kenya transforming formidable producers of horticulture crops and ensure rural development,” said Horticultural Development Council of Zimbabwe vice chair, Liam Philip.
The horticulture promotion ground breaking dialogue between Zimbabwe and Kenya comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s State visit to Kenya.
It also comes at an opportune time when President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially open this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair on the 29th of April.