Kenya has started exporting frozen avocados to China, heeding the conditions that Beijing issued before it allowed imports of the Kenyan fruit. The first consignment, according to the Directorate of Horticulture, arrived in China last month, after the deal was reached nearly one and a half years ago.
Kenya has been fighting to have the rules relaxed as most exporters do not have necessary infrastructure for freezing the fruits, delaying what has been a seven-year effort to land Kenyan avocados in the China market.
“The first consignment arrived in China late last month,” said Benjamin Tito, head of the directorate, without giving the export volume or value.
Businessdailyafrica.com reported that, under the deal that was agreed in April 2019 between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Kenya would only be allowed to export frozen avocado as a way of taming pests such as fruit flies, which have been common on Kenyan fruits.