Australia will not postpone requirements for Kenya to have met guidelines on its horticultural exports as Nairobi stares at a possible loss of the multi-billion market.
Kenya had been given a deadline of September this year to comply with the zero pest tolerance directive on all the flowers that are exported to Australia, failure to which they will be banned from accessing the market.
The country has just two weeks to comply with the directive set to hit the Sh2.6 billion [25 million USD] annual sales but stakeholders in the industry are afraid Kenya will not beat the deadline.
“We have had several discussions with the Australian officials but they have maintained their stance that the deadline will not be moved,” said Okesegere Ojepat, chief executive at Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya.
The move implies that effective September 1, Kenya’s flower export to Australia will halt.