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Kenya targets extra markets for avocado, mango and cashew nut in China

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to sign a deal in China next month, a move that will see Kenyan avocado, mango and cashew nut farmers acquire more markets for their produce diversifying the country’s export markets after predominantly dealing with Europe for horticulture exports.

As revealed during a cabinet meeting he chaired on Thursday, the Head of State will lead a delegation of horticulture farmers and traders to China for the 1st China International Import Expo in Shanghai that runs from 5th to 10th November.

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The deal will also allow for the export of stevia, a sweetener largely grown in the Rift Valley, into the Chinese market.

This comes shortly after the president on Tuesday last week during the 2018 SMEs conference at Strathmore University banned Chinese fish, saying it is killing the local market.

“I have been told about the imported fish from China. It is not possible that we import Chinese fish when our local traders are here,” said Kenyatta.

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According to the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC), the world’s leading visualization engine for international trade data, in 2016 Kenya exports 5.6 per cent of coconut and other vegetables to China.

Cut flowers at 2.2 per cent, tea at 2.1 per cent, coffee and sowing seeds at 1.1 per cent. Tanned equine and bovine hides, sheep hides and goat hides at 8.6, 3.3 and 3.7 per cent respectively.

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