The Kenyan Directorate of Horticulture has opened the door for Hass avocado exports 15 days earlier than planned, but is adamant that this will take place under the most stringent conditions.
According to businessdailyafrica.com, the regulator has stated that a survey indicated almost a quarter of the fruits have matured.
The ban in harvesting and export of avocado was issued in November last year with the shipment set to start at the end of this month.
“The directorate has reviewed the performance of Hass Avocado in the field and has noted that the fruits have attained a good size and close to 25 percent have reached maturity dates,” said the watchdog. “The directorate hereby reviews the opening dates for the Hass avocado variety.”
The Directorate, however, has limited the harvesting to avocados in coffee zones, which have demonstrated maturity with tea zones expected to open the harvesting on April 1. It has also warned traders against harvesting and packing small fruits until it gives further notice. As such, exporters will be required to demonstrate maturity before shipping out.