In Summary
  • KFC CEO Clement Tulezi called for quick interventions from the relevant government agencies.
  • Mr Tulezi warned that the jobs of more than 150,000 employees are in danger if nothing is done.
  • He called on the government to revert to the pre-shipment inspection to help resolve the current crisis.

A crisis is looming in the flower sector in the country over the shortage of essential fertilizers putting thousands of jobs in the industry at a risk.

According to the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) Chief Executive Officer Clement Tulezi, the problem has worsened over the last five months, with efforts by the umbrella flower body to have the issue resolved bearing little fruit.

In an exclusive interview with the Nation, the CEO called for quick interventions from the relevant government agencies, warning that the jobs of more than 150,000 employees are in danger.

“If we shall not be able to surmount these challenges as quickly as possible, then Sh82 billion that industry raked in last year will be up in the smoke,” the CEO cautioned.

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He complained that the volume and the quality of flowers shipped out of the country will be compromised if the issue of fertilizer shortage is not adequately addressed.

He commended the government’s efforts to re-test imported fertilizer through the Kenya Bureau of Standards, but termed the process as “extremely slow” and “highly inconveniencing” to the sector’s players.

Mr Tulezi called on the government to revert to the pre-shipment inspection to help resolve the current crisis which is almost crippling the lucrative sector.

“The process of testing is slow and we have on several occasions engaged the government on this but the response from the relevant ministries has been, at best, lethargic,” said Mr Tulezi.

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