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Kenya: Avocado Production Set To Boom As Locals Eye Export Market
- May 07, 2018 -

The growing export market for avocado has now caught the eye of farmers in Kenya’s Kericho County, traditionally a tea growing zone. Regional leaders have launched a campaign to scale up adoption of the fruit, with 2,000 seedlings set to be distributed to farmers. The initiative is being spearheaded by Kapsoit MCA Paul Chirchir, Ainamoi MP Sylvannus Maritim and Woman Representative Florence Bore. The seedlings have been certified by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (Kephis).

“With a huge market abroad for Hass avocado, we decided to start its farming to positively impact lives. We have set off today on a path of economic empowerment using available resources,” said Chirchir during the launch of the project at Kapsoit. 

Demonstrating the importance of avocado as a door to Kenya’s economic growth and development, according to nation.co.ke, a single tree can yield more than 1,000 fruits annually, making it suitable for small-scale land owners. Sold at an average of Sh10 (€0.08) each, it means a single tree can fetch more than Sh10,000 (€84.-). 

Production usually starts two and a half years after planting. Hass and Fuerte varieties are the most sought-after. Countries that buy avocados from Kenya include the United Arab Emirates, the UK, Egypt, the Netherlands, France, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Spain, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Germany and Hong Kong.

The government also plans to expand to emerging markets such as Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea.