Starting from November 3, 2023, avocado exports from Kenya for the 2023/2024 fiscal year will be suspended.
The directive comes after Kenya’s Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) ordered a halt on avocado shipments in a bid to ensure that quality produce is marketed locally and internationally.
The measure, announced on October 31, aims to curb the practice of harvesting and exporting immature avocados, which had previously damaged the country’s export market.
“Export clearance (including fruit consignments from the EAC region) shall be granted for air shipment, subject to inspection by the Directorate. Traceability information will be required for all consignments,” stated AFA Director General Willis Audi.