Farmers and businessmen exporting agricultural products to Dubai, have been urged to cross check on licensed Dubai importers to reduce nonpayment cases.
Dubai chambers of commerce Kenyan chapter Head Michael Gathu says, some farmers have been left with heavy losses after unscrupulous business traders refused to pay them.
He said the chambers has a list of certified Dubai food importers and at the same time urged farmers to increase the quality of agricultural produce to effectively compete in the lucrative Dubai market.
Currently Kenya exports agricultural produce worth 1.3 billion shillings to Dubai, with coffee and tea making the bulk of the exports.
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With the market for other horticultural produce rapidly increasing, farmers and agricultural exporters have been urged to seek assistance from the Dubai chambers in Kenya to get information on licensed importers in Dubai to avoid cases of nonpayment.
Gathu says Dubai is a net food importer and has urged farmers to produce high quality goods to fetch high price in the lucrative market.
Farmers were also urged to familiarize themselves with the Dubai food policies especially the meat products market before venturing into the market.
To tap into the growing avocado market, Murang’a county government is seeking to distribute 2 million avocado seedlings to farmers, to increase avocado production that fetched the county farmers 3 billion shillings in export last year.
The Dubai agriculture market is expected to hit 5 billion shillings in the next few years.
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