Chinese experts complete inspection of Kenyan avocados
Christian Fernsby ▼ |
Chinese officials have completed inspecting avocado fruits in the country, having spent eight days touring farms, laboratories and airport holding bays.
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Two experts from the Chinese National Plant Protection Organisation flew into the country last week and ended their inspection on Monday.
The team was in the country to conduct risk analysis following a request by Kenya to export its avocados to China.
This was part of China’s recommendation before opening up its market.
The experts' feedback is expected in a month’s time.
Kephis expects a positive response, said Managing Director Esther Kimani, who accompanied the duo during the visit.
She said the report will include China’s requirements, especially what farmers should adhere to when producing the fruits.
“Although they were thorough in their inspection exercise, I hope they will give us the green light to export our produce to them.
“Kenyan farmers are ready to follow any measures they want,” Dr Kimani said.
The inspection included orchard management, picking, packaging and certification the avocados. ■
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