Norwegian authorities have flagged a section of Kenya’s avocado exports after high traces of pesticides were found. This is a huge warning to Kenyan farmers who are not compliant with international rules and regulations.
The pesticide in question is called chlorpyrifos, an insecticide that causes headaches and stomach aches in used in large doses.
The flagged avocados were packaged on September 7 and 9, 2022, and September 6,7, 9, and 10 of this year respectively.
I am an upcoming avocado farmer and I strongly believe we should follow all the rules presented to us by the international community. This will secure export opportunities and give us stable economic returns to better our lives.
Hosea Machuki, the chief executive of the Fresh Produce Exporters Association of Kenya (FPEAK), also notes that Kenya needs to follow international standards or else we will fall back.
The Chinese market is now open to Kenya, which means our prayers to God for more market access are being answered. Let us not mess things up while we are ahead of the pack. Let us practice healthy and sustainable farming that will not just benefit us, but also our future children.
Kenya Leads in Avocado Exports in Africa
Kenya has surpassed South Africa to become Africa’s leading exporter of avocados due to the increased demand that the fruit has created on a global scale. Kenya is the product’s sixth-largest exporter producing 81.6 percent of the avocado fruit consumed in the East African Community (EAC).
Let us continue the hard work and keep on praying for God’s favour.