When the COVID-19 situation started looking more serious, many African countries quickly introduced severe restrictive measures in the spring, as the continent has experience of communicable diseases. President of Tanzania John Magufuli however, took roughly the same line as the Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, according to which diseases come and go, the economy is more important.
Despite a difficult situation, many African firms seem to have a good grasp on the situation, and crop losses can obviously be avoided.
Africado exports thousands of tons of its avocados, mainly to Europe. Director of Operations and Development Nev Harries from an Africado agricultural company in Tanzania: “All the refrigerated trucks for export shipments eventually reached Mombasa via the Holil border station. We managed to get all the avocados moving without throwing anything away, except for one cargo … The truck was stuck at the Namanga border station for a week, and the avocados were ruined. ”
“At the start of the harvest, the epidemic situation was the subject of intergovernmental talks, and there was some confusion at the border,” Nev Harries told pledgetimes.com. “The limit was between one and three days closed, in one case a week.”
“Fortunately, we have refrigeration equipment in the equipment, and the avocados remained in good condition. And thankfully, avocados are not like flowers or vegetables that need to be made available to consumers quickly after harvest. Avocados are shipped to Europe, and it normally takes a month for them to reach the consumer. "