The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has raised concerns over poor methods used to transport avocados from farms to packing houses. AFA director of Horticultural Crops Directorate, Benjamin Tito, said some buyers are using open pickups to transport avocado, something which affects quality of the fruits.
According to Tito, the AFA has outlined strategies to ensure the quality of Kenyan avocados is protected through employment of the best way of transportation. He observed that avocados need to be well packaged in crates and be transported in a well-designed vehicle to ensure the quality of fruits is guaranteed.
Tito said they have liaised with law enforcers to mount road blocks and arrest people who would be found transporting avocados using open pickups. He explained that according to crops and horticultural regulations of 2022, avocados are not supposed to be transported in open pickups, urging security officers to help to curb the problem.