Avocado exports to China are set to increase by 10 percent annually over the next three years with the full implementation of a 2018 protocol on sanitary and phytosanitary. According to Chief Executive Officer Export Promotion Council Peter Biwott, Chinese traders are actively scouting for new opportunities in the Kenyan market to get avocados.
“Chinese traders such as Shanghai Greenchain have set up an African office in Nairobi looking for opportunities and it has just been three months, and this is a market that is being developed,” said Biwott.
It is estimated that when the agreement is fully implemented, the Chinese market will take in more than 40 per cent of Kenya’s avocado produce, making it one of the largest importers of the fruit.
“Kenya is a manufacturing hub, and in order to ease business the two countries, then we should also consider learning Chinese so that we can break the language barrier likely to arise once this project finally kicks off,” he added. In May President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a trade deal that will see Kenyan farmers export avocados to China. Currently, Kenya’s most well-known avocado destinations include Europe and USA.
The arrangement is that the companies who are registered with China Customs department know the quality requirements from both Countries competent agencies and guides farmers on the same.