Horticulture Directorate bans avocado exports following shortage

A severe avocado shortage has prompted Kenya’s Directorate of Horticulture to ban all exports of the fruit.

The average price of a 90-kilogramme bag of avocados jumped to Ksh2,560 in December, making it the highest cost of the commodity since May 2014, when a bag was selling for slightly above Ksh2,700.

A single avocado is currently selling for as high as Ksh80 in Nairobi’s retail markets, up from a low of about Ksh10.

The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has blamed the increase in prices on a shortage of popular varieties, which are off-season.