NAIROBI, Kenya

Kenyan flower farms are sending home workers due to the economic effects of the novel coronavirus.

The country’s horticulture industry — its third-largest foreign exchange earner, garnering around $1.15 billion annually — is suffering from lockdowns caused by the coronavirus in its main markets in Europe.

Clement Tulezi, chief executive of the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), told Anadolu Agency that most of the permanent staff have been sent home on leave while those that have remained are being paid to harvest and destroy flowers.

“We have been hit very hard, unlike other industries… say manufacturing that we can

Read more: Kenya’s flower industry dying due to COVID-19