Kenya defers annual international flower exhibition over COVID-19 threat

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Kenya has postponed its annual international flower show that was set to take place in June due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Dubbed the International Flower Trade Exhibition (IFTEX), it was scheduled for June 3 to 5 in Nairobi and was set to attract hundreds of foreign nationals.

“We have moved it to October 12-14 due to the coronavirus pandemic that has restricted global travel, large gatherings and general human interaction,” Dick Van Raamsdonk, the director-general of IFTEX exhibition, said on Tuesday in a statement.

The international flower show has been held annually in Nairobi for the past eight years, with flower stakeholders from all over the world visiting to exhibit, see and buy an assortment of flower varieties, colors and designs and to book supplies of best and newest types.

Kenya is the largest supplier of flowers to the European Union and third biggest globally.

The country’s flower industry is globally recognized with a considerable number of foreign investors having a big stake in the highly sophisticated sector.

“More than 3,000 visitors and some 200 exhibitors usually attend the show and due to the big numbers, it is inevitable that the event is postponed to a later date as the world grapples with the fast-spreading COVID-19, in conformity with the World Health Organization and country-specific guidelines to contain and minimize spread,” said Van Raamsdonk. Enditem

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