The article provides an insight into the current opportunities for UK businesses in Africa, focusing on UK-based companies that have already developed strong ties with the continent and their experiences of working there. Working with a Kenyan business that grows and exports roses to the UK, ADAS has developed ultraviolet technology that makes plants resistant to disease and reduces transport damage.
Working with a Kenyan business that grows and exports roses to the UK, ADAS has developed ultraviolet technology that makes plants resistant to disease and reduces transport damage.
“The kind of technological advances we offer are vital to Kenya’s economy,” explains Barry in the article. “More than 30% of the roses we buy in the UK are from Kenya, and exports represent 1.5% of its gross domestic product.
“A medium-sized farm produces 350,000 rose stems a day and employs 4,000 staff. The farm will provide transport, some accommodation, medical and other support to workers. If we can develop new technologies and efficiencies in the supply chain, we can develop high-skill jobs for indigenous labour. It all helps Kenya meet its target of tripling the size of its horticultural export market.
“What amazes me when I visit these farms is how well-informed all the staff were about Brexit,” Barry concludes. “There is a real appetite for stronger ties.”
You can read the article in full on the Sunday Express website.
Barry was also interviewed for the BBC World Service’s business report about UK–Kenya trade in agriculture. You can listen to the radio interview on the BBC website, which is featured at 14:30–17:15.