China endorses 15 Kenyan traders to export avocado


China has endorsed 15 Kenyan firms to export avocado into its market following the affirmation of a clean bill of health.

Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis) disclosed that 15 farms have been cleared and they will use nine-pack houses that have been approved by both the Chinese and Kenyan authorities to conduct the exports.

“I can confirm that the audits by the Chinese have cleared the Kenyan firms to export the avocado to China,” General Manager, Phytosanitary services, Isaac Macharia said.

Kakuzi revealed that had commenced the field harvesting and pre-shipment preparation for an inaugural Hass variety avocado consignment, which was shipped out to China last weekend.

Managing director Chris Flowers, Kakuzi said, “…in this trial phase, we intend to test the entire system capacity and fix any challenges between ourselves, the phytosanitary protocols facility and Kephis ahead of the planned larger shipments before the end of the next quarter.”