Hass avocados exporters looking for 10,000 farmers to grow the crop

Fair Trade Enterprises Limited, a social enterprise fresh produce exporter is seeking 10,000 farmers to grow hass variety of avocados to meet its demand of over 690 tonnes of avocados that it exports to European Union (EU) markets every month. Hass is the most popular avocado variety with great demand in global markets due to its nutty flavor and rich butter. It accounts for about 80 per cent of all avocados consumed in the entire world. In Africa the variety is grown in both Kenya and South Africa. Kenya produces…

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Mkulima Wa Nyeri: “Future Billionaires will be Farmers”

Mkulima wa Nyeri farm is a department under OxfarmAg ltd founded to provide the seedlings, learning experiences and fresh fruits for eating. The farm was founded by Dickson Kahuro Wambugu (Mkulima wa Nyeri) after graduating from Moi University in 2015 where he studied Agricultural Economics and Resource Management.  With a passion for farming he started by growing grafted tree tomato and pepper to get exposure as to what agricultural venture practically tastes like. It’s through this exposure that he got the idea of supplying seedlings after getting many farmers in…

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Pawpaw Farming in Kenya: How to choose the right variety for your area

Pawpaw farming is delicate, and it requires one to be sure of the best variety that does well in his/her area. There are different pawpaw crops grown today but we will only filter he few important ones in Kenya. • Honey dew pawpaw variety This variety originated in India where it is known as Madhu Bindu. It is gynodioecious (some trees have female flowers only and others have hermaphrodite flowers only) in nature and semi-dwarf growing to a height of about 2 meters. On average, its fruits weighs about 1.5…

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Embu farmer finds riches in growing tree tomato grafted with an indigenous tree known as Muthakwa

Suleiman Njeru started with tomato farming in 2010 but the crop did not yield much and he incurred huge losses due to the harsh humid climate. A friend advised him to try tree tomatoes, which have a high demand in Runyenjes. “I was told that the market for tree tomato fruits was huge locally because not many farmers grow the plant,” he says, adding that the main crops grown in Embu county are tea, coffee and vegetables. Njeru bought the Red Oratia tree tomato seedlings from his friend and planted…

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New varieties of tree tomatoes and arrowroots ensure bumper harvest for innovative farmer in Nyeri county ( Benefits of Muthakwa grafted tree tomatoes)

For Elizabeth Nyambura, a two-year wait to reap from tree tomatoes was her turning point in farming. In 2010, a family friend who was visiting from Holland offered to buy for her hybrid tree tomato seeds. She took her savings of Sh262,000 from proceeds of a tree nursery and imported 750 grams packet of seeds. The seeds took two years to mature and bear fruit. “I was able to harvest 200kgs of fruits from the trees but I was discouraged by the two-year wait for the trees to mature. So…

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New market for passion fruits in Kenya

Very often, fruit and vegetable farmers in Kenya have to grapple with greedy middlemen to market their produce. Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), an NGO working with farmers to provide market information, which has increased their hopes of earning more from their produce.  ALIN has initiated a market linkage project in the region, where farmers have been put in seven commodity groups to enhance their marketing channels. “Organising farmers into commodity groups helps them bulk their produce, bargain collectively and negotiate for better prices. Economies of scale further reduce transportation…

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“Hass AVocado is the New Cash Crop”: Raila Odinga

According to Citizen Tv , Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has urged farmers in Western Kenya to embrace avocado to improve their income generation levels. Speaking during the launch of avocado tree planting at Nyamira Girls’ High School and Bar Opuk Primary School in Bondo constituency, Odinga said avocado had been discovered to be the new ‘gold’ in the world. He encouraged the farmers to plant it in large quantities to be able to serve the region as a cash crop. Get seedlings here http://oxfarmorganic.co.ke/index.php/product-category/fruit-seedlings/ Hass Avocado is…

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FARM TOUR; To Mkulima wa Nyeri Farm

FARM TOUR and production training on Grafted Tree Tomatoes, Hass Avocado & Passion Fruit – 5th May 2018 – Nyeri County   Be part of this farm tour and training on one of the best managed farms in Nyeri county on Tree Tomato, Hass Avocado and Passion Fruit farming. This tour is ideal for those who want to venture on fruit farming, those already doing it and want to maximise profit. The tour is organised Farm Expose in collaboration with and Oxfarm Organic and farmers trend.   THEME: “Increasing Profit…

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Hass Avocado Farmers To Benefit From Europe’s Market Until August

Hass avocado farmers will benefit with the extended export quantity of fruit into Europe, a move meant to fulfill the growing demand when major supply nations dropped in hass avocado production.  Leading world fresh produce exporter, Eagle Fruit Alliance, says hass avocado in South Africa and South American countries reduced due to hostile climatic conditions. The news comes a couple of days when the agriculture Crops Development Authority (HCDA) approved exploitation and export of the hass Avocado beginning April until August. Kenya has 2 main Hass seasons, with the primary…

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