Traditional vegetables now major food in urban East Africa   2010-07-13 11:11:47 FeedbackPrintRSS

by Peter Mutai

NAIROBI, July 12 (Xinhua)--What started as a weekend shopping spree has with time become a daily occurrence as many people flood markets in search of their popular traditional vegetables in major markets in East Africa.

In the main markets like Owino and Kikomba markets in Uganda and Kenya respectively, shoppers are seen parking their cars as those without vehicles also walk along the narrow pathways to be able to choose the best leafy vegetables of their choice.

The demand is the same in Tanzania bigger towns and smaller towns as well smaller towns in Uganda and Kenya.

According to the traders, the number of their clients has increased in the past few years hence helping sustain the business that was once unthinkable to operate in major urban centers as traditional vegetables were regarded as a village reserve.

John Kebati who transports vegetables to Nairobi from Nyamira in the Kisii highlands in western Kenya attributes the high demand of traditional vegetables in Nairobi to popularity of fresh vegetables that are grown under natural environment unlike the ones grown in urban farms. "I started off my business in a small way but it has since improved so fast as the businessmen whom I supply in Nairobi has increased in numbers," he says.

Editor: Bi Mingxin

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