Kenya irrigation potential is over 300 000 ha, but only 80 000 is developed. Investing in irrigation and agricultural water management for smallholders can reduce productivity shocks and raise the sector’s productivity.
COTTON AND TEXTILE PRODUCTION
The second biggest manufacturing activity in Kenya. Industry challenges: inadequate quality cotton seed, the high cost of inputs, poor management of pests and diseases, inefficient marketing channels, cheap imports, dependence on rain-fed cotton and poor management
Kenya’s fruit sector has grown by 12% in past years due to demand for healthy drinks and fresh fruits, powered by rising incomes. In Kenya, 40% of fruit crop goes to waste and only 8% of the fruits are currently processed.
COFFEE PROCESSING OPPORTUNITIES
coffee roasting and grinding, production of decaffeinated and instant coffee for export, coffee processing and packaging, growing of Robusta coffee, which can be used to support the blending of Arabica coffee, manufacture of coal from coffee husks.
Opportunities exist in production and export of products such as cut-flowers, French beans, pineapples, mushrooms, asparagus, mangoes, macadamia nuts, avocados, passion fruits, melons, and carrots.
Edible and other oils produced locally include butter, ghee and margarine as well as sunflower, rapeseed, cottonseed, sesame, coconut and corn oils, while a large quantity of palm oil is imported.
Bee keeping and honey processing are untapped potential in Kenya.
Opportunities exist in rearing of livestock for meat and dairy products. Kenyan cattle producers own about 14 million zebu and over 4 million dairy cattle. Demand for animal genetics is most actual among the more than 650,000 small-scale producers who own 80% of the dairy cattle.
Opportunities in milk processing, production of milk powder, long- life milk, fermented milk and butter, in technologies -packing, storage, transportation.
Challenges: feed price is high due to high raw material prices, necessity of adequate slaughter houses and equipment, lack of education in the sector, necessity of vaccines and drugs supply