Uganda’s horticulture export earnings are likely to drop this year. Sector players are blaming this on the unfavorable weather patterns and changes in product standards and certifications in the key market – Europe.
Flower exporters, too, expect a drop in export earnings blaming constant changes in standards and certifications in Europe.
“The standards in the European market keep changing. They change specifications and certifications,” Ravi Kumar, the farm manager at Rosebud Farm Limited said.
“For example, we have been growing sweetheart roses (small flowers) but the European market now says that they want big ones…we are now uprooting and planting small ones and yet they take a year to mature. So, the business is already struggling this year.”
This perhaps expounds on Rosebud’s plan to diversify its market through exporting some of its flowers to the Chinese market.
The seemingly poor performance of the horticulture industry comes as the European market is threatening to ban imports of the country’s agriculture products.