The Horticultural Crops Directorate undertook the avocado maturity field survey between 6th and 12th March 2023 to ascertain quality and volumes of the avocado fruit major production zones and established that maturity indices of the avocado fruits in the major production zones.
An industry consultative meeting held on 13th March 2023 established that the harvesting of avocado for export will be opened on 24th March 2023 and that all the produce will be subjected to 100% inspection. Exporters are advised to apply for inspection at least 3 days to shipment. Further, there are limits to sizes for Fuerte, Hass, Jumbo and Pinkerton varieties to a maximum size code 26 (144g). Furthers, exporters must submit a list of their Horticultural Produce Marketing Agents ( HPMA) or suppliers. Packaging and transporting of avocados should comply to the provisions of the Crops Act 2013 and the Horticulture Regulations 2020.