Kenya Mango Export To Jordan:

Kenya has started the export of mangoes to Jordan this year.

This a great opportunity for mango farmers came about after…

officials from Jordan were in the country in 2022 to assess the state of the Country’s mangoes pest management program before making a decision on whether to import mangoes from Kenya.

The Jordanian officials wanted to Know the strategies the country has put in place to control pests that have resukted in the stoppage of Kenya’s mangoes exports to Europe.

Kenya Health Inspectorate Service managing director Theophilus Mutui said Jordan gave Kenya’s pest control mechanism a green bill of health, leading to the commencement of exports early this year.

“The officials approved our pest-free area and the hot vapour treatment plant and they were content that we have put enough measures in place, leading to the opening of mango exports to Jordan.

Kenya is still keen to fully resume the European market as it fetches more money for the farmers than any other region in the world. The bulk of these fruits currently go to the Middle East.

Last year, Kenya started export of mangoes to Italy on a pilot basis following the creation of pest-free areas in Makueni and Elgeyo Marakwet and the consignment was received well, giving the country hopes of resuming the exports to the European business bloc fully.

Prof Theophilus Mutui.

Managing director, Kenya Health Inspectorate Service

Fruits grown in pest-free areas ensure that the produce is free of the notorious fruit flies that forced Kenya to stop exports to Europe.

Kenya’s mango exports to the Middle East normally face steep competition from Egyptian fruits because of the low cost of shipping from Cairo to Dubai and Qatar compared to Kenya’s.

The self-imposed ban on the export of mangoes to Europe nearly a decade ago saw Kenya rely on a less lucrative middle-east market.

However, with the presence of hot water treatment to contain the fruit flies, the lucrative European market is beckoning for farmers.

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