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The value of fresh horticultural exports rose by 19.6 per cent to Sh77.8 billion in the first nine months of the year on account of cheaper fuel costs.

Data on leading economic indicators up to September, tracked by Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), showed the quantity and value of cut flowers, fruits and vegetables exported were on the rise.

Some 96,789 metric tonnes of cut flowers worth Sh53.88 billion were exported during the period under review. This translates to 18.45 per cent year-on-year growth in the value exported.

The value of fresh horticultural exports rose by 19.6 per cent to Sh77.8 billion in the first nine months of the year on account of cheaper fuel costs.

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All fresh fruits and vegetables are living products and their life processes continue after harvest; the two most important being respiration and transpiration. The former being a complicated sequence of chemical reactions involving conversion of starches to sugars and the change of those sugars into energy. The normal respiration results in the fruit and vegetables consuming oxygen and giving off carbon dioxide, water and heat. The higher the ambient temperature surrounding the product the greater will be the temperature of the product itself and consequently the larger its rate of respiration. The second process, transpiration, is the loss of water by evaporation which will occur once the fruit or vegetable is removed from its plant or root which has been the source of water during its formative period.

Harvested fruits and vegetables of different plants have different rates of respiration; some respire at a faster rate (and thus are more perishable vegetables), while some respire at a relatively slow rate (less perishable vegetables). Not only that, the respiration rate also varies throughout the seasons and by region even for the same fruit and vegetable.

Written By Charles Bracey

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Farmer Charles Bracey found inspiration and motivation after seeing good agricultural practice in Kenya. Here’s an extract from his diary

Charles BraceyWhen I see fresh vegetables grown in Kenya on sale in my local supermarket, I think: “A hungry nation grows food for the affluent – madness! Is the produce safe? Are their systems sustainable? Why not grow food for them instead of us?”

So when the opportunity to get some answers to these questions came along, I packed my shorts, shirts and hat and joined eight other farmers on an Agri-Tour to Kenya.

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'Ugly' fruit and vegetables prove a hit in France French supermarkets to expand initiative that sells "ugly" fruit and vegetables at a 30 per cent discount

"Ugly" fruit and vegetables – such as bumpy oranges, two-legged carrots or misshapen aubergines – have proved such a hit in France that supermarket chains – which would previously dump them – are putting the produce on sale in thousands of outlets across the country.

The initiative lets consumers buy the products at a 30 per cent discount compared to their "beautiful" equivalents and allows farmers to sell vegetables that were previously rejected, says Intermarché, one of the supermarkets involved.

It tested selling the oddly-shaped food in one outlet in the town of Provins earlier this year and the trial was such a success that it plans to launch the initiative across its 1,800 stores from next month to encourage customers to try “fruit and vegetables that are ‘ugly’ (twisted, deformed, the wrong size) but just as tasty”.