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Kenya tightens avocado quality control to safeguard export market

Kenya will now only export fruits with a minimum of 24 percent dry matter, according to Benjamin Tito, director of the AFA's Horticulture Crops Directorate.

Kenya’s Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) announced on Friday that it has evaluated the country’s avocado maturity indices and post-harvest handling process in order to protect the export market as worldwide demand for the fruit increases.

 

Kenya will now only export fruits with a minimum of 24 percent dry matter, according to Benjamin Tito, director of the AFA’s Horticulture Crops Directorate.

 

“This is intended to improve fruit quality features in line with global market criteria, as well as to safeguard and strengthen Kenya’s competitiveness in the export arena,” he explained.

 

Kenya is a significant avocado exporter, however it has previously received numerous complaints about the quality of fruits exported to the European Union and the United Arab Emirates due to farmers harvesting and exporting immature fruits, particularly during the off season.

 

To address the issue, the AFA initially prohibited avocado export during that time.

 

According to the AFA, Kenya earned 14.48 billion shillings (approximately 124 million dollars) from avocados in 2021, with that figure predicted to climb to 155 million dollars this year.

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