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Kenya lifts Fuerte avocado export ban

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Kenya lifts Fuerte avocado export ban

Kenyan authorities have lifted a temporary ban on Fuerte avocado exports from the country that had been implemented a few weeks ago over maturity issues.

The head of exporter Selina Wamucii said the move would bring relief to the farmers, exporters, and importers of Kenyan avocados from across the world.

"It's definitely very good news for the small family growers who produce over 70% of avocado that is exported in Kenya," CEO John Oroko said.

"The temporary ban was a wake-up call for the exporters as the reason for imposing the ban was to stop exporters shipping out immature crop because of high demand in the world market. We are now getting into the main avocado season and hope that all industry players comply with the export requirements.

"The responsibility is now on the exporters to follow the protocols to avoid any future suspensions."

To ensure that only mature avocados are exported, Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has set the below criteria for mature avocado, among others:

  • A dull appearance of the skin for Fuerte
  • Have shriveling and yellowing of the fruit stalk
  • When cut and the seed is removed, the seed-coat is dark brown and dry and does not adhere to the flesh
  • Have to contain at least 20% dry matter content and oil content of 8% and above.

 The harvesting dates for Avocado in Kenya as approved by AFA for various zones are as follows:

  1. Kirinyaga, Meru and Murang'a counties: March 15 - Nov. 15
  2. Machakos County: April 1 - Oct. 31
  3. Uasin Gishu, Kakamega and Trans Nzoia Counties: April 1 - June. 31

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