Kakuzi Estates Limited will partner with Uasin Gishu County Department of Agriculture in training avocado farmers, Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said.
He spoke on Tuesday when he paid a courtesy call and farm tour of Kakuzi’s 700-hectare cash crop estate most of which is used for avocado cultivation.
We have seen how avocado farmers in Murang’ a county benefitted from a similar training we request and welcome Kakuzi to implement the same program in Uasin Gishu County”, Chemno said.
Last year, Murang’ a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria was hosted during Co-operative’s day celebrations where he pledged to support Governor Mandago in the establishment of avocado farming as an export crop in Uasin Gishu. Wa Iria’s pledged co-operation in farmer training and availing certified avocado seedlings at subsidized rates.
Chemno visited Kakuzi to learn best practices at a farm which yields an average of kshs 10,000- 20,000 per tree annually. An acre of land can hold up to 80 plants.
Paul Mbogua, Kakuzi’s General Manager expressed his delight and enthusiasm on the partnership and promised to work with Uasin Gishu administration in promoting the crop in the North Rift.
DG Chemno urged Uasin Gishu farmers to exploit government subsidies and expand their opportunities in avocado farming in order to give Kenya a firmer footing in the international markets.
Elsewhere, China has announced a reduction of Avocado import duty from 30% to 7%. The Chinese market consumes approximately 40,000 tonnes of Avocados annually.
Leading Kenyan avocado exporters sell the produce at between 1.5 – 2.0 US dollars per Kilo.