- In Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda exporters are highly affected as are not able to ship overseas at the same capacity, in most cases have reduced availability of 50 per cent.
- Kenya has seen a drastic reduction in airfreight cargo. As passenger flights, that accounted for 40 per cent of cargo availability, are not operative. Air cargo, which accounted for 60 per cent of cargo availability, has been reduced also, from 1400 tonnes a week, to transport just 360 tonnes. (Farmers review Africa)
- An agro-exporter in Rwanda reports the Rwandan Government is supporting frequent airfreight cargo through Rwanda Air, assuring a capacity of 34 ton per week, to UK and Brussels. The service is available for all Rwandan exporting companies. Cargo price per kilo has increased, but the Rwandan National Agricultural Export Development Board is subsidizing that extra amount.
- There’s an increasing demand for fresh produce from local markets. Local fresh produce traders are seeing an important opportunity to grow their business.
- In Kenya, there are shortages of imported fruit such as apples and Kiwis, due to the reduction in shipping logistics.
- A couple of Kenyan exporters of beans and avocado reported that their shipments reduced from 6 containers to 3 containers per week. Avocado trade is also affected by the closure of local hotels and restaurants. Some producers are considering limiting the avocado availability to their own harvests, reducing the sourcing from small farmers. Others are considering looking at local markets for alternatives outlets of their produce.
- In Kenya, banana and apple trade is affected due to the closure of open markets and street vendors
- Since March, Kenya’s fresh produce exports to the European Union have dropped by 46 per cent. The limited movement of consumers in Europe forced markets to cancel or reduce orders. (Hortidaily)
- In Zimbabwe, the Government allowed the use of foreign currency again as to mitigate the coronavirus crisis, reversing the ban brought in last June. Reuters
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