Avocado exporters may have to wait longer to access the Chinese market after it emerged that the Asian country will conduct another round of audit before allowing Kenya’s produce. The crops regulator, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis), had completed an inspection of the firms that have applied for licenses to export the fruits to China.
However, Kephis has stated that China came with another requirement that would see Beijing conduct virtual audits before Kenya can finally access this lucrative market. “We have received communication from China that they need to carry out a virtual audit of orchards and facilities before we can start exporting our avocado to their market,” said Isaac Macharia, General Manager of Phytosanitary services at Kephis.
Macharia said over 10 firms have so far shown interest to export their avocados to China and that the auditing process has so far been conducted.