Kenya is eyeing the Malaysian market for the export of avocado as it seeks to expand its reach beyond the traditional buyers. The plant regulator-Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) says it has received inquiries from Malaysia, whose officials want to visit the country to assess if Kenya can export the produce to this Asian nation.
Kephis managing director Theophilus Mutui said the Malaysian officials would want to assess if Kenya can produce pest-free avocado before they can commence imports. “We have received inquiries from Malaysia and we expect officials from that country to visit soon to kickstart the process of buying our produce,” said Prof Mutui.
The move will come as a boost to Kenyan farmers as it will open up more opportunities for local producers to sell their crop outside their traditional markets. The MD said Kenya has also received a number of inquiries from other European countries, showing a growing interest in the demand that Kenya’s avocado is generating in the world market.