Nasme Export and Import Limited say it has secured a 10,000 metric tones market for CG7 groundnuts in Kenya, a development that is raising hope of increased export revenue.
In an interview, Nasme Export and Import Limited Chairperson, Kettie Chisambi said the firm will start exporting the commodity next month.
She said demand for ground nut has increased in Kenya after locust affected production of the crop in initial source countries including Angola and Rwanda.
“We work as a group of farmers so we are confident we will meet the demand when we aggregate our produces but we will seek assistance from commercial banks on other logistics to get to the market,” Chisambi said.
In a separate interview yesterday, Africa Institute for Corporate Citizenship Chief Executive Officer, Felix Lombe, rated Kenya is a stable market as it is not too strict on aflatoxin.
“We should not compromise on quality. We need modern post-harvest management techniques. Secondly we still need good volumes and so far good volumes depend on good seed,” Lombe said.
An agriculture expert, Tamani Nkhono Mvula, said there is need to put rigorous quality checking systems and secure markets to attract more farmers to produce the groundnuts.
“Firstly, we need to deal with issues of quality, Malawi used to be the largest exporter of groundnuts in the whole of Southern Africa to the European Union but we lost that market because Malawian groundnuts was said to be high on aflatoxins and there is a lot we need to do to regain such markets,” Mvula said.
Studies have shown that since 2010, groundnut output continue to surge, as producers move from tobacco production to alternative cash crops.