It’s winter in the U.S. which means it’s aloe gum season in Kenya.
The value of aloe gum is expected to double beginning next month with the planned roll out of a new policy allowing its export.
Export of the medicinal products was banned in the 1980s, confining growers to the low-paying domestic market.
Kavaka Watai, the coordinator of the aloe project at the Kenya Forest Research Institute, said the ban has seen most dealers revert to smuggling of the product, forcing the price to fall to as low as $2 per kilogramme.
I don’t know what this means. Do you? I thought not. But I am nothing if not a complete succulent blogger, including all kinds of things that you never knew you needed to know about. Like this aloe gum issue. Now you know.