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Kenyan Avocado Farmers Will Have to Jump Through One More Hoop Before Exports to China Can Begin

File image of an avocado farmer in Kandara, central Kenya. KEVIN MIDIGO / AFP

The Kenyan government’s years-long effort to export fresh avocados to China ran into yet another obstacle this week when Chinese authorities informed Nairobi that another round of audits will be required before shipments can begin.

“We have received communication from China that they need to carry out a virtual audit of orchards and facilities before we can start exporting our avocado to their market,” said Isaac Macharia, General Manager of Phytosanitary services at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis).

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