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Dreary Mother’s Day for Kenya Flower Farms on Freight Shortage

  • Cargo costs are up almost 50% from pre-pandemic tariffs
  • Cut flowers are Kenya’s third-biggest foreign-exchange earner
Flower farm workers process an order of roses in Nakuru, Kenya.

Flower farm workers process an order of roses in Nakuru, Kenya.

Photographer: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

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Kenyan flower growers are grappling with airfreight constraints and virus-control measures, which threaten to wilt sales for Mother’s Day in key European markets.