Blow to Kenyan farmers as agency bans avocado export

Michael Wang’ombe inspecting his avocado farm at Turi in Elburgon, Nakuru County, on January 31, 2020. The Agriculture and food Authority has suspended export of the fruit. PHOTO | FRANCIS MUREITHI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Kenya is the largest exporter of avocado in Africa according to 2017 statistics from the multilateral agency International Trade Centre.
  • Kenya produces an average of 191,000 tonnes of avocado per year.

  • It exports approximately 51,507 tonnes of the fruit, earning the country nearly Sh8 billion

Kenyan avocado farmers have suffered a major blow after the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) suspended the export of the fruit indefinitely.

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