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Kenya’s Avocado Export Season 2024/2025: AFA Sets Opening Date for Quality Harvest

Get ready, avocado aficionados! The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has officially announced the commencement of avocado harvesting for export, marking the beginning of an exciting new season for one of Kenya’s most prized horticultural treasures. Here’s everything you need to know about this eagerly anticipated development.

A Season of Promise

Embarking on March 1st, 2024, the avocado export season promises bountiful opportunities for growers and exporters alike. This announcement follows a meticulous field survey conducted by the Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) from January 7th to 12th, 2024, aimed at assessing the maturity and volume of avocado fruit across major production zones.

Optimizing Quality Assurance

With a keen focus on quality assurance, AFA-HCD inspectors will rigorously evaluate all export produce to ensure compliance with stringent standards. Exporters are reminded to schedule inspections at least three days prior to shipment, facilitating a seamless process that upholds the integrity of Kenya’s avocado exports.

Varietal Limitations and Regulatory Compliance

While the export of Hass and Fuerte varieties continues to be permitted, exporters must adhere to specified size restrictions, with a maximum size code of 20 (184g). Furthermore, exporters are mandated to submit a comprehensive list of their Horticultural Produce Marketing Agents (HPMA) or suppliers by February 26th, 2024, and engage exclusively with registered agents to maintain regulatory compliance.

Enforcement and Accountability

In a stern warning against non-compliance, the Directorate underscores the importance of proper packaging and transportation practices. Avocado dealers found violating horticulture regulations, such as transporting produce without crates or utilizing unauthorized vehicles, will face penalties, emphasizing the imperative of adherence to established guidelines.

Empowering Accountability

Recognizing the pivotal role of avocado dealers in ensuring product integrity, AFA emphasizes the need for comprehensive oversight throughout the production and post-production processes. By assuming full responsibility for regulatory compliance and market requirements, dealers play a crucial role in safeguarding Kenya’s reputation as a premium avocado exporter.

Seizing the Opportunity

As Kenya’s avocado export season kicks into high gear, stakeholders across the industry are poised to capitalize on the abundance of opportunities that lie ahead. With a commitment to excellence, regulatory compliance, and sustainable practices, Kenya reaffirms its status as a global leader in avocado production, promising a fruitful season for all involved.

In conclusion, the AFA’s announcement heralds the dawn of a new era for Kenya’s avocado industry, signaling the beginning of a season ripe with promise and potential. With meticulous attention to quality, compliance, and accountability, stakeholders stand ready to unlock the full benefits of this year’s harvest, further solidifying Kenya’s position as a preeminent player in the global avocado market.

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