Avocado prices in Kenya shoot due to acute shortage

Avocado prices in Kenya shoot due to acute shortage

The prices of avocado are expected to shoot higher in different parts as the country faces acute shortage of the commodity. The shortage prompted Kenya’s directorate of horticulture to ban the export of avocados to sustain the local demand.

Avocados are one of the most important fruits in the world. Kenya being a consumer and producer of the fruit is facing a shortage of the fruit, a situation that may escalate the prices even higher.

Kenya’s directorate of horticulture banned the export of the commodity yesterday to ensure the local market does not lack the fruit. As per the records this month, a 90kg bag of avocados costs sh.2400 in Nairobi, sh.4500 in Mombasa, sh.1800 both in Kisumu and Eldoret, sh.2200 in Nakuru, sh.1200 in Kisii and sh.1500 in Kitale.

The export ban may save the local market as the prices increase. According to data by the AFA, about 461.1 tons worth ksh7.1 billion were exported in 2017. The avocado fruit contributes seven per cent of Kenya’s total fruit export to the global market. Its production has however been static over the years.