Machakos and Nyeri Counties to partner to produce hass avocado
“We have decided to partner with Nyeri County to support our Avocado farmers and expand the number of trees grown in our counties. We can then join hands in marketing the fruits locally and overseas so that our households have added income.” Mutua said.
“Avocados are in super high demand in the world and if one grows them well, returns can be as high as 250-300 percent. That is good money. I have learned how to grow and ship Avocados to overseas markets. This can fetch good extra income to Machakos residents,” says Mutua
Nyeri County is committed to cultivating a suitable and conducive environment for farmers where best market practices are practiced. Hass variety is particularly popular for export. One tree of the Hass Avocados variety can bear up to 1,000 fruits if well cultivated and cared for. Abroad, one Hass Avocado can fetch up to 5 dollars. If more farmers could take up this type of farming, with the support of the County Government, then more farmers would be empowered,” says Nyeri County Governor Mutahi KahihaMutahi added.
Mutua, “Our people are hardworking and it is the role of our governments to support and guide them so as to grow wealth. My vision is to identify at least five crops that each household in Machakos can grow so as to generate sufficient income. Once we do that, it will be Bye Bye Mwolyo (Bye to relief food shame).”
He says he is committed to doing this and other ventures such as construction of factories, promoting industrialization and economic enterprises. He said all these will enable residents get extra income.
Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of young people to venture into.
The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado.
Hass is a semi-spreading tree requiring at least 5.2m by 5.2m planting distance at maturity. It is a generous bearer of fruit.
Hits: 306https://farmerstrend.co.ke/machakos-and-nyeri-counties-to-partner-in-producing-avocado/https://i2.wp.com/farmerstrend.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mutua-1.jpg?fit=960%2C640&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/farmerstrend.co.ke/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mutua-1.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1#TrendingAvocado Farming Machakos County Governor Alfred Mutua has reached at a decision to partner with Nyeri County in a bid of supporting Avocado farmers and increasing the number of trees in the county. “We have decided to partner with Nyeri County to support our Avocado farmers and expand the number of trees...MalachiMalachi Motanomotanomalachi@gmail.comSubscriberMalachi Motano is a Nairobi based Journalist who writes on matters of Science (Health, Agriculture, environment, climate change and education) with more than ten years experience on different media platforms ranging from Newspapers, radio and TV stations, again on different capacities thus as a News Stringer, contributor to staff reporter, editor, producer and anchor. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.orgFarmers#Trend