Kenya hosts international flower expo amid calls for sustainable production

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The 11th edition of the International Floriculture Trade Expo opened Tuesday in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi amid calls for sustainable production such as integrated pest management.

The three-day event brought together senior government officials, flower growers and buyers from 75 countries to promote eco-friendly practices.

In his opening remarks, Idris Salim Dokota, principal secretary and accounting officer for the State Department for Cabinet Affairs, said the theme of this year’s expo is “Sustainability,” which resonates deeply with the government’s commitment to promoting Kenya’s floriculture.

“Kenya is also encouraging farmers to adopt renewable energy sources and minimize their carbon footprint in order to protect both industry and the environment,” Dokota said. He added that the country’s flower farms can generate additional revenue by engaging in carbon credit projects.


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