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Sunripe Flags Off First Cargo Of Fresh Avocados To China

To maintain compliance with the standards for the China market, KEPHIS is still conducting audits of farms, packhouses, and fumigation facilities interested in exporting fresh avocado to China. Farms and facilities that comply should also be submitted to GACC for approval.

Following the early January 2022 signing of two treaties to promote bilateral commerce, specifically the sale of avocados and aquatic products from Kenya to China by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and Chinese Ambassador Zhou Pingjian, the export of fresh avocados to China has begun.

Kenya is also preparing to sell black tea to the enormous Chinese market in response to the growing demand generated by the leaf.

According to Kenya’s ambassador-designate to Beijing, Muthoni Gichohi, Kenyan tea is one of the most popular in the East Asian nation, with black tea markets rising due to increased consumption. Some of Kenya’s tea manufacturers have begun collaborating with Chinese marketers …

A lobby group consisting of organizations that advocate for sustainable agriculture is pushing for the immediate withdrawal of harmful pesticides in Kenya.

These are pesticides containing active ingredients that are toxic to human health and the environment, and that threaten food security and affect food safety in the country.

According to the group, at east 32 per cent of pesticide active ingredients that are currently registered and being sold in products in Kenya, have been withdrawn from the European market, due to their serious potential impact on human and environmental health.

The group comprises the Route to Food Initiative (RTFI), Biodiversity and Biosafety Association of Kenya (BIBA-K), Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN) and Resources Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI).

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Informed by a White Paper on pesticide use in Kenya that was commissioned by the RTFI, the organizations are calling for the withdrawal