Kenya set to export avocados to China following trade deal

In Kenya, avocado cultivation is concentrated in the highlands on land between 1,200 and 1,800 metres. The country is set to become the first African country to export avocado to China. (Photo by Kevin MIDIGO / AFP)

Kenyan farmers are set to export avocados to China after a trade agreement between the two countries- making it the first African country to export Avocados to the Asian country with a market of over 1.4 billion consumers.

A trade deal during the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) forum in Beijing last year, which spurred this move, comes after a long and comprehensive approval process involving Chinese experts visiting Kenyan farmers.

The Chinese market is expected to absorb over 40 percent of Kenya’s avocado produce, making it one of the largest importers of the fruit.

Other Kenyan avocado trade partners include Europe and the US.

Kenya exports about 10,000 metric tons of avocados, 4percent of the world’s production of about 3 million metric tons.

It is the 6th producer after Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Israel and Spain.

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