Women in floriculture feel the heat of Covid-19

Workers at a flower farm in Naivasha, prepare roses for export. Majority of them are women and the travel ban to EU as a result of coronavirus will leave them jobless. PHOTO | POOL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

With decline in cut flower orders, women who constitute at least 75 per cent of workforce in horticulture industry stare at a bleak future as the exporting countries shelve into a lockdown due to coronavirus epidemic.
Effect of temporary travel bans to European Union (EU) is falling back on more than 110,000 employees working in the flower farms in Naivasha - the heart of floriculture in Kenya.
EU commands 70 - 90 per cent of Kenya’s market for horticulture produce including cut flowers, fruits and vegetables.
Other export destinations are United States of America, Canada, Middle East, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Australia which are similarly taking travel precautions to contain spread of the disease.
The orders have been cancelled thus slowing down activities in the flower firms.


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