Kenya topped Africa’s avocado exports in 2020, and was among the world’s top 10 producers, with Murang’a leading with 31% of total production.
Horticulture Crops Directorate (HCD) Director Benjamin Tito says Murang’a was followed closely by Kiambu, Nakuru, Kisii, Nyamira, Meru and Bomet counties.
Kenya’s exports of avocados hit about 68,000 tons between January and October last year, generating KSh14 billion for the country. Between January and November this year, avocado farmers earned KSh14.48 billion compared to KSh14.41 billion over a similar period last year.
Volumes of the highly sought commodity in the local and international market went up to 84.5 million kilos from 70.3 million kilograms recorded between January-November 2020.
In August this year, Trade Cabinet Secretary Betty Maina announced that Kenya will also start avocado exports to South Korea in March 2022 as part of the country’s horticulture business expansion strategy.
According to data from FPEAK, Kenya is the world’s third-largest producer of avocados. With a market share of 2.1%, Kenya was ranked 8th globally in 2019 in export of avocados behind Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Chile, Colombia and the United States.
Among the top exporters, the fastest-growing avocados exporters since 2015 were: Colombia (up 1,607%), Dominican Republic (up 424.2%), Morocco (up 206.6%) and Kenya (up 161.5%).