Nyeri County to put up avocado processing plant to tap directly into diaspora markets
“We are planning to set up an avocado processing and packaging plant in the next one to two years. This will help Nyeri County to enjoy the benefits of the European, Chinese and other upcoming avocado markets,” says Governor Mutahi Kahiga.The Governor said his government introduced avocado farming a year ago and this year, the county will give farmers Sh20 million avocado seedlings and the processing plant will enable farmers get a direct market abroad instead of going through brokers.
Kahiga, “We want to focus on the European market and bypass brokers who buy the fruits from farmers at a throwaway price. The brokers have been buying the fruits for less than Sh10 and at times as little as Sh2 but reap huge profits at the expense of farmers.”
Governor Kahiga wants his County to have a proper economy which will be achieved through starting avocado and macadamia cooperatives to market the produce,” Kahiga said. Last year, the county government set aside Sh30 million for the greening programme and gave out about 5,000 avocado seedlings in every ward.
Kahiga said the seedlings were meant to help in afforestation and boosting food security.
The distribution of the seedlings to farmers was also meant to help farmers diversify from traditional cash crops such as coffee and tea.
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