Avocados from Kenya might soon land in China, thanks to a ministry of agriculture initiative. Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service managing director Esther Kimani said they had already invited Chinese experts to conduct risk analyses and field visits during the avocado harvesting season. This was important for China before the country would open its market to Kenya.

The Chinese visit would look at orchard management, picking, packaging and the certification system of avocado. Chinese experts will be hosted at avocado farms in Kakuzi, Embu, Murang’a, Uasin Gichu, and Trans Nzoia before they go to the airport to see how inspection of the fruit and other crops is conducted.

In the feedback it was indicated that, out of the 104 harmful organisms affecting avocado in Kenya, 11 species were a concern to China. The Chinese evaluated the Kenyan risk mitigation proposal and concluded that the country had put forward a comprehensive prevention and control mechanism for the pests of concern at orchard level. Click here to read the full article. – Fresh Plaza