On Tuesday, Kenya signed a trade deal with China that will bring local farmers billions in revenue. The agreement, agreed upon during the China-Africa Fruits Promotion Conference held in Nairobi and spearheaded by CEO Wilfred Marube of the Kenya Export Promotion and Branding Agency (KEPBA), will allow Kenya to export frozen avocados to China.
This makes Kenya the first African nation to be able to export frozen avocados to China, a statement from KEPBA said. Before this development, only fresh avocados were exported from Kenya to China - 1.7 million kilograms with a value of Ksh7 billion in the three months prior to October 2022, according to Head of Horticulture Directorate Benjamin Tito.
With this new deal for frozen avocados, KEPBA is confident that numbers will grow exponentially.
KEPBA thanked China for hosting the meeting that will see the export of quality fruits from African countries to China.
Kenya is the continent's top producer of avocados, outproducing both Mexico and the Dominican Republic globally.
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