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Kenya reports a 73 percent increase in apricot sales

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Kenya exported 26,000 tonnes of apricot crop between January and March this year, an increase of 73 percent a year.

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Recent figures from the Department of Horticulture reveal that apricot sales during the months of January to March provided farmers with revenue of 4.2 billion shillings.

According to the department, the level of production has increased due to the cultivation of avocados in previously undeveloped areas such as the Rift Valley and other parts of Western Kenya.

In addition, exports of avocados have increased due to increased demand in the Middle East and Europe.

However, the department said flowers are the main source of income for the industry.

Kenya exported 50 tonnes of several varieties of flowers and earned more than 32 billion shillings during the period.

During that period, the country sold vegetables worth 8.2 billion shillings.

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