A historic moment was marked as Kenya launched its inaugural Avocado Shipment to India at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), opening up new avenues for its farmers and the entire avocado value chain. The move promises substantial returns for the nation’s agricultural sector.
Kenya has emerged as the leading avocado exporter in Africa and has secured the sixth position in the world. This accomplishment aligns seamlessly with the country’s commitment to a bottom-up economic transformation agenda.
Speaking at the launch, PS Kello Harsama reiterated government dedication to ensuring that exported avocados meet the highest market standards. He further stressed that stringent regulations and laws will be enforced, with licenses of non-compliant entities facing immediate revocation.
Key dignitaries present at the momentous event included Her Excellency Ms. Namgya C. Khampa, the High Commissioner for India in Kenya, Ambassador Willy Bett, the Kenyan High Commissioner in India, Honorable Cornelly Serem, Chairman of the Agricultural and Food Authority (AFA), Dr. Rosebellah Langat, a Board Member of AFA, Willis Audi, the Acting Director-General of AFA, Christine C. Rotich, Acting Director of Horticulture Crop Directorate (HCD), and other prominent personalities.
This endeavor to export avocados directly to India is a monumental achievement, signaling a promising future for Kenyan avocado farmers and all stakeholders within the avocado value chain. As Kenya continues its pursuit of new markets, it aims to strengthen its position as a global leader in avocado exports, ultimately contributing to the nation’s economic growth and prosperity.