The Sh7.5 billion infrastructure upgrade at Moi International Airport, Kenya’s second-largest airport has thrown a lot of excite among farmers in the country as it has led to increased export of fresh produce.
According to businessdailyafrica.com, the upgrade included the cargo terminal, cold room replacement of the airfield, ground lighting systems, and approaching lighting masts with fiberglass from the traditional steel.
Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPCK) Chief Executive Officer Okisegere Ojepat said the upgrading of the airport is a major boost to Kenya’s export of fresh produce to the international market.
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) Coast Regional Manager Thomas Kosiom said there has been a steady rise in exports of fresh produce ranging from chilies, French beans, flowers, avocados and pineapples through the international airport.
Kephis is the government parastatal whose responsibility is to assure the quality of agricultural inputs and produce to prevent adverse impacts on the economy, the environment and human health.
“The destinations for these products have been Germany and the Netherlands which have provided good business,” said Mr Kosiom.