Kenya: Lanet Airport to open opportunities for flower farmers

Tenders for construction of the proposed and long-awaited Lanet Airport will be issued next month, the Nakuru County Governor, Lee Kinyanjui has confirmed.

“Flower farmers in Naivasha will have a chance to exploit the huge market available by increasing their exports to Europe and the United States. Nakuru is a very critical area in the aviation industry thus the need for an airport", he said.

“The move to extend the SGR (standard gauge railway) to Naivasha is a big plus for the county and investors. The new US flights mean a new market for flowers produced in Naivasha.”

In the past, investors pushed for the construction of the airport, saying it would boost flower exports and tourism in the region.

Currently, flower firms rely on refrigerated trucks to ferry produce to JKIA, more than 100 kilometers away, for export.

Nakuru County is well known for the production of close to 70 per cent of Kenya’s flower exports, as well as tourism.

Read more at Kenya News Agency (Anne Mwale)

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