Bett optimistic ovacado exports to South Africa will resume

Energy and petroleum cabinet secretary Charles Keter,Kericho governor prof Paul Chepkwny(in dark glasses(c) and Kephis managing director Dr Esthet Kimani in a past agricultural exhibition at Cheborge Bureti sub county,in Kericho./SONU TANU
Energy and petroleum cabinet secretary Charles Keter,Kericho governor prof Paul Chepkwny(in dark glasses(c) and Kephis managing director Dr Esthet Kimani in a past agricultural exhibition at Cheborge Bureti sub county,in Kericho./SONU TANU

Kenya is set to revive the stalled avacado export to South Africa soon, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett has said.

Bett said Kenya is trying to fix issues raised by South Africa, which led to the stoppage of exportation in 2010. He said he is optimistic the country will soon resume exportation.

Bett spoke in Sosiot playingground in Kericho county during a farmers’ Field Day organised by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service and Social Economic Empowerment Women’s Organisation. Avocado and orange-fleshed sweet potato farming were also launched in the county.

Energy CS Charles Keter and KEPHIS managing director Dr Esther Kimani attended the function.

South Africa’s ban on avocados from Kenya in 2010 was triggered by pest infestation reports.

However, Bett said the issue has been addressed and he hopes normalcy will resume.

Farmers have been sensitised to proper farming.