End of long wait for avocado farmers as SA lifts 11-year ban

A trader selling avocados at Kangemi market in Nairobi. South Africa has reopened their avocado market to Kenyan produce after an 11-year ban. The ban was imposed following a fruit fly infestation. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • South Africa imposed a ban on avocados from Kenya in 2007 due to the presence of oriental fruit fly (Bactrocera Invadens).
  • The fly, which was a new pest from Asia, had first been reported in Kenya in 2003, and subsequently spread to fruit production areas in Kenya.
  • South Africa has now allowed in Kenyan avocados following new information on the fruit fly.

Kenya can now export avocados to South Africa after 11 years of the market being closed due to fruit fly menace.


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