Kenya will resume exporting multibillion shillings mangoes to the EU market in September, according to The Standard.
This resumption of shipments comes after the implementation of a self-imposed ban on interceptions due to fruit flies.
The EU has approved the resumption of exports after tests showed reduced levels of pest incidence.
To maintain market standards, the Kenya Phytosanitary Inspection Service (Kephis) is developing a certification protocol that will ensure that mangoes are exported without any pests.
In addition, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stands ready to partner with the private sector to fund hot water treatment facilities to help eliminate fruit flies prior to export.
“What we have done is develop a certification protocol, which is currently being validated by stakeholders in the value chain,” Kephis chief inspector George Momanyi reportedly said.
“The tool is to make sure the certification is good. We will make sure to go through it. There is the hot water treatment in which USAID has committed to finance part of the private sector in which to invest.
Momanyi said applying new technologies to mango shipments would be a game-changer in maintaining standards.
The recovery in exports comes at a time when there is a huge gap in the global market as major suppliers such as China and India are in low season.
“A particular advantage we have over the main suppliers is that our peak season is between November and March. “
“We are at a point where the big producers are out of season, so we have to take advantage and enter the market,” Momanyi told the news source.
Kenya is ranked between 10 and 15 in terms of mango production and export.
Kibwezi Agro Ltd Managing Director Mutheu Kithuma said they did not expect fruit quality problems after exports resumed.