Kenya has received the green light for export of French beans to the US.
The move follows improvements in washing, packaging and processing of beans and could earn farme more billions. The permission precedes a 12-year ban and five years of intense lobbying by fresh produce growers.
The move will now open a new frontier, beyond Europe, for the country’s 15,0000 bean farmers. Import of Kenyan beans has been banned into the US since the year 2000, making the decision by the US Department of Agriculture, a landmark ruling for the country’s horticultural industry.
“We are amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of French and runner beans from Kenya into the US,” said the country’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in a statement.
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