Kenya registered a significant increase in mango production across the 2015/2016 season compared with the previous year. Mangos From Kenya reported 30% jump in exports, mainly due to their intense continuous training which guides farmers to plant and maintain mangoes professionally to meet stringent quality standards of the export markets.
“At the moment we are directing 90% of our earnings to our farmer care program which is a rigorous project intended to ensure that farmers in our network get it 100% right on what kind of mangoes the export market need” says Louis Matheka, Sales Manager of Mangos From Kenya.
According to Lydia Mueni, an agronomist with Mangos From Kenya company, statistics from International Trade Centre (ITC) indicate that Kenya has seen over 400% increase in mango exports over a period of the last 5 years. There was a comparable trend being seen between 2007 and 2012.
“The bulk of our exports are to the established Middle East countries, such as United Arab Emirates, which currently takes a 56% share of our exports, followed by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and then Qatar in that order,” says Mueni.