Kenya & the Avocado Market In Africa

Kenya & the Avocado Market In Africa

Kenya is the leading exporter of avocado in Africa and among the top 10 world exporters in 2021. Avocado now accounts for half of the country’s fruit exports annually with most of the products absorbed by Europe and the Middle East. Data from the Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) indicates that Kenya exported 72,000 tons of avocados in 2020, up from 59,000 tons recorded the previous year, and is among the top five global producers of the fruit. It generated about 139 million dollars in 2020.

Horticulture exports rose from Sh136.7 billion in 2020 to Sh145.4 billion in 2021, representing a six percent increase.

As of 25th February 2022, Kenyan avocado farmers have been granted access to export their fresh produce to the Peoples Republic of China which had initially in 2019 only allowed in the fruit in its frozen form. 

In March 2019, China signed a trade deal with Kenya to procure up to 40% of Hass avocado produce. In addition to this; Germany, South Africa, South America & Mauritius have also shown interest in Kenyan Hass avocado.

Hass avocado is generally liked because of its fast maturity, longer shelf life and high production. Hass avocado trees can produce about 400 fruits in a year. A ripe Hass avocado can stay for 14 days after ripening before it rots away. The fruit is liked more because of its sweetness and richness in fats.

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  1. Carson Anekeya

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