Despite covid-19 pandemic, Kenya makes $75m in record sales from avocado exports
London, July 15, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Kenya has made record sales from avocado exports amid the coronavirus pandemic, local newspaper Daily Nation reports.
Data from the Directorate of Horticulture and the Avocado Society of Kenya shows that the country sold more than 58,400 tonnes of avocado to 42 countries in the first half of the year, nearly matching the amount exported last year.
It earned more than $75m (£59m) from the exports.
“The high export numbers can also be attributed to an increase in avocado acreage and quality of the fruit being produced by our farmers. We are excited by the prospects of rising demand for the fruit,” the paper quotes the chairman of the Avocado Society of Kenya, an association of avocado growers, as saying.
He said the average price of a four-kilogramme pack of hass avocados is Sh350 and is expected to hit Sh450 as supply in other parts of the world declines.
Mr Gideon Gitonga, an avocado farmer, said while demand had declined early in the year, more buyers were calling in to buy from him.
In the last six months, Kenya exported 45, 737 tonnes of avocado to the European market.
The Netherlands, a major fresh produce distribution hub in Europe remained the lead importer of Kenyan avocados with 16.3 million kilogrammes bought by June.
Other top importers include Spain with 7.5 million kilogrammes, UAE (5.8 million kilogrammes), Russia (5.4 million kilogrammes), France (4.7 million kilogrammes) and Belgium (4.6 million kilogrammes).
Kenya is ranked among the world’s top producers of avocado