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Kenya's farm exports gain access to world's most populous nation


KENYA has signed an agreement to export to China its top farm produce, including flowers, vegetables such as green beans, and fruits including avocado and mangoes.

"After a week of delicate negotiations, formal sanitary and phytosanitary agreements have been signed between Kenya and China for Kenya's agricultural produce to enter the Chinese market," the president's chief of staff Nzioka Waita said on Twitter, reported Bloomberg News.

Other produce with approval to enter China include meat, macadamia nuts, hides and skins, Mr Waita said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said last week Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to correct a trade imbalance as Kenya announced a halt on fish imports from January 1. The ban amounted to a trade war, China's ambassador warned.

China is Kenya's biggest trading partner, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. The East African nation's exports to China stood at US$167 million last year, while imports totalled $3.78 billion.

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