Kenya is the top avocado exporter in Africa. Its main competitors are Mexico and Peru who export their produce in June. Now, Kenyan avocado growers and exporters dealing in avocado export business have been given four days to seek clearance with horticulture regulators before a ban is imposed. The country is soon planning to ban the export of popular varieties such as Hass and Fuerte.
According to Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya CEO Okisegere Ojepat, the ban might be enacted until early March to curb the export of immature fruits. The move is aimed at curbing harvesting of immature crops following rampant cases of traders picking young crops previously to capitalize on high prices of the commodity at the international market.