Kenyan Hass avocado industry eyes U.S. admission

From Fresh Fruit Portal | 1 June 2023

Overview of avocados from Kenya in the U.S. market, complemented by charts from Agronometrics. Original published on May 31, 2023. 

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA has drafted a pest risk assessment for the importation of fresh Kenyan Hass avocado into the U.S.

This comes as the country successfully doubled its production in the last five years, according to a report released by FAO.

The report also puts production at about 8.06 million tons of avocado annually, with roughly 20% being destined for export.

avocado volumes by origi

Source: USDA Market News via Agronometrics.
(Agronometrics users can view this chart with live updates here)

Kenya’s contribution to the East African Community accounts for 82% of total avocado shipments to the main destination markets.

The EU – namely the Netherlands, France, Spain, the UK, and Germany – receive for 60% of the country’s exports.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organization Corporate Statistical Database, Kenya was ranked the 6th highest avocado producer globally in 2020.

Additionally, in 2021, Kenya surpassed South Africa as the top avocado exporter in the continent.

The draft pest risk assessment will be available here for review and comment until June 29, 2023.

The News in Charts is a collection of stories from the industry complemented by charts from Agronometrics to help better tell their story.

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