Emirates Airline boosts horticultural exporters

The Emirates Airline has launched Skyfresh, an export solution for Zambian horticultural producers.

In a statement, the airline says Skyfresh combines its state of the art cargo infrastructure hub in Dubai to ensure perishables like fruit, vegetables and flowers retain their freshness to export destinations.

“Unique features will include prioritised ground handling as well as provision of ventilated cooler facilities.”

The airline transports 400 000 tons of perishables across its global network of 150 destinations.

Horticulture in Zambia is regarded as a highly promising non-traditional export sector but is experiencing financial losses as a result of the appreciation of the kwacha against major currencies.

The Zambian Export Growers Association (ZEGA), the body which spearheads the development of horticulture export, says it has more than 50 paid up members involved in the export of flowers and vegetables.

The association says boosting the sector will require more investment in cold storage facilities at airports, as well as favourable air freight.

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