C18 – Coronavirus Kills Demand for Kenya’s Flowers

Kenya is the third largest exporter of cut flowers in the world.
Famed for being long-lasting, Kenya’s roses, carnations and summer flowers are popular in the UK, Russia and the U.S.

Source: Bloomberg.com, Workers measure roses at a production company in Kenya. Photographer: Andrew Renneisen

The coronavirus has cut the demand for flowers all over Europe and the United States. Kenya’s flower industry is being forced to cut wages and trim its workforce of more than 150,000 people.

Farmers in Kenya are now having to leave their roses to rot.
Bloomberg reports that flower farms in Kenya are dumping about 50 tons of flowers daily.

Farms are exporting only 20% of the 60 tons of cut flowers that they would normally send daily to markets including the U.K., the Netherlands and Germany. The rest are being destroyed.