Blow to Kenyan Farmers as Agency Bans Avocado Export

Some companies in contract with farmers across the country are blamed for allegedly putting pressure on farmers to harvest premature fruit in a bid to rake in millions of shillings from the huge Chinese market, resulting in the Agriculture and Food Authority taking stern action. This comes nine months after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping signed a deal allowing Kenya to export frozen avocado to the Asian country.

A farmer, Michael Wang’ombe, inspecting his avocado farm at Turi in Elburgon, Nakuru County.

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