Kenya is aiming at exporting more than 100,000 tons of avocados to China annually in the coming years, a government official said Thursday. Wilfred Marube, the chief executive officer of the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPROBA), said that China offers the country a chance to significantly boost its export of fruits as well as other horticultural produce.
Malaysia and India are the latest big buyers eyeing Kenya’s avocado after China, as the fruit continues to attract more international markets. Officials from Malaysia are currently in the country carrying out a pest risk analysis on the Kenyan avocado as they seek to start buying the fruit from local farmers.
Malaysian authorities had in May made inquiries on the possibility of buying avocados, according to Kenya Health Plants Inspectorate Service. Malaysia is the latest nation to carry out an inspection tour on Kenyan avocado orchards and processing facilities after India and Mauritius carried out similar analysis early this month, coming as a boost to Kenya that seeks to increase export destinations.