The demand for one of Kenya’s most loved fruits hit a record high in the first half of 2020 with more than 58,400 tonnes sold to 42 countries, during the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the Avocado Society of Kenya Chief Executive Ernest Muthomi, the country earned more than Sh8 billion from the exports. With Netherlands the major fresh produce distribution hub in Europe remained the lead importer of Kenyan avocados with 16.3 million kilograms bought by June.
Ernest Muthomi saying “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.” Adding,” the average price of a four-kilogram pack of Hass avocados is Sh350 and is expected to hit Sh450 as supply in other parts of the world declines.”
Kennedy Muchira, an Agriculture Journalist, told our newsdesk that “Overall this time we have been at our homes due to COVID-19, we need to appreciate our farmers for their hard work, they have continued to feed us. ”
Kenya is ranked among the fastest-growing avocado exporters in the world having overtaken South Africa in production.
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