Kenyans show RUTO the middle finger as they defy his order and export contraband to Dubai – Look! Never joke with Kenyans.

 Wednesday, December 20, 2023 – Stakeholders have raised an alarm after contraband exports from Kenya were spotted at supermarkets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) cities, including Dubai. 

According to the Avocado Society of Kenya (ASK), unscrupulous traders shipped immature avocados disguised as mangoes to the UAE despite a ban put in place by the Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA). 

“We call on supermarkets in UAE to remove these contraband avocados from their shelves immediately,” the associations warned businesses in the UAE. 

It further clarified that the avocadoes meant for consumption should have a dry matter of at least 24 per cent and that those displayed in UAE risked rotting due to increased moisture.

Furthermore, it added that certain machines can measure whether the avocado is safe for consumption if a buyer cannot predict the same through sight.

“We have contacts in the UAE. The importers are not happy with these illegal, poor-quality exports,” the Avocado Society of Kenya (ASK) lamented. 

It further advised non-ASK members against acquiring new clients at the expense of tarnishing the country’s reputation. 

“There is currently an avocado export restriction to allow the fruits to mature. We want our consumers in UAE to enjoy our fruit at the right dry matter,” ASK commented.

The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) banned the export of avocados to allow the fruits to mature before resuming the trade. Traders exporting the Hass, Pinkerton, Fuerte, and Jumbo avocados were the hardest hit by the directive. 

However, ever since, some of the players in the market have been trying to circumvent the order to earn an income. 

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