Flower farming in Kenya is going through a rocky patch due to a combination of shrinking export markets particularly in Europe as a result of the global recession and ongoing drought.

In the 12 months to September 2009 production stood at 80,000 tonnes, down 33 per cent over the previous year. The drop represents a sudden about-turn for the local horticulture industry, which has enjoyed consistent annual growth of around 15 per cent for the best part of 20 years. The Kenya Flower Council has said it expects the situation to deteriorate