Kenya’s horticulture regulator has implemented a ban on Kenya avocado exports to attempt to prevent the harvesting of immature crops by hungry farmers and dealers.
The head of the Agricultural Department, Benjamin Tito, says the ban is implemented on the popular avo varieties Fuerte and Hass. This action effectively closes the 2021/2022 avocado season for these varieties. The move protects the overseas market from immature crop traders pick to capitalize on high global prices.
Avocado Exports Ban: Exceptions
Exceptions are provided for growers with a jumbo type or those having off-season crops. Those with jumbo varieties, those larger than 184 grams per fruit, will export by air instead of by sea. Off-season crop growers will request and receive verification from the HCD regional offices in writing. Officials will review the ban on January 15, 2022, to ascertain the status of the crop.