Nakuru County Hass Avocado Farmers Produce
The flagship Hass Avocado farming program by the County Government of Nakuru under the leadership of Governor Lee Kinyanjui has started yielding fruits. Over the weekend, 14 farmers in Amalo and Kiptagich wards in Kuresoi South sub-County harvested and sold 4.2 tons of avocados.
Processors and exporters, among them Sunripe Kenya Ltd who are buying the produce at Sh110 a kilogram, have camped in the region. Sunripe Kenya Ltd field officer Mr Samuel Ndura said Kenyan farmers cannot satisfy the local and international avocado market. He urged farmers to plant more avocado trees. The company has taken upon itself to educate farmers on proper crop husbandry.
Kuresoi South sub-County agricultural officer Ms Grace Lang’at said farmers in the region so far have over 20,000 avocado trees.She urged farmers to form cooperatives to help in marketing, offering extension services and seedling propagation.
Mr Paul Mitei, a small scale farmer at Kitoben in Amalo Ward said avocado is more profitable compared to tea and maize farming. He said the farmers were in the process of forming cooperatives to enjoy incentives such as free seedlings and training by the County. Mr Japhet Mutai, an avocado farmer in Kiptagich Ward said avocado farming is a profitable venture and urged Nakuru farmers to diversify on crops.