Through recently launched direct flights between the two countries, Kenya is focusing on export growth by increasing the volume of horticulture and other agricultural products exported to Israel.
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary (CS) Mithika Linturi said that within the agricultural sector, horticultural crops, among them fruits and vegetables, have been identified as crucial commodities that would contribute heavily to grow export earnings.
Linturi spoke yesterday during the launch of the inaugural direct cargo flight from Nairobi to Tel Aviv-Israel at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). He stressed that the direct flight was formally announced by President William Ruto at the Israel Investor Roundtable Forum in Tel Aviv on May 10, 2023.
He explained that the agricultural sector is the mainstay of the Kenyan economy with a great potential for growth and transformation and is critical to growing the economy, reducing the cost of food, alleviating poverty, and delivering food and nutrition security as well as provision of raw materials for manufacturing.