Cultivation of Mangoes in Kenya

The mango industry in Kenya has expanded considerably over recent years, not only in size but also in the geographical location of commercial and homestead plantings. Mango is one of the most important fruit crops in the tropical and subtropical lowlands. It is native to India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Malaysia, but can be found growing in more than 60 other countries throughout the world. Also Read: Why Record Keeping is Important in Fruit Farming Counties Where Mangoes can be grown in Kenya No longer is commercial mango cultivation restricted to…

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Common challenges to mango production in Kenya

Many farmers in Kenya invest in mango orchards. However, there are a number of production-related hindrances at farm level, including: Limited access to good quality planting materials -There is a general shortage of grafted planting materials of improved and higher yielding varieties in many areas. Farmers often use inferior seedlings obtained by germinating mango seeds from indigenous varieties. Such ungrafted trees take much longer to bear fruit. Whereas grafted trees begin to bear fruit within 3 to 4 years, ungrafted trees will take at least 5 years to bear fruit,…

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Mango Farming in Kenya: The best way to do it

Mango Farming in Kenya

Mango Farming in Kenya needs time and patience. Oxfarm Organic Ltd grafted mangoes take less time to mature. Mango Farming in Kenya: Planting Land should be ready by deep plowing followed by levelling with a mild slope. Spacing varies from 5m x 5m, within the dry zones where growth is in smaller amount, 8m x 8 m, in substantial downfall areas and rich soils where rich vegetative growth happens. New dwarf hybrids like Amrapali is planted at nearer spacing. Holes are stuffed with top soil mixed with 20-25 kilo well…

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PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT IN MANGO FARMING IN KENYA

In organic farming systems, preventive methods based on proper crop and habitat management are encouraged. Direct methods of control are reserved for emergencies only. Synthetic insecticides and fungicides are not allowed in organic mango production. The most destructive mango pests are the mango seed weevil and the mango fruit fly, common nearly in all mango producing areas. Mango seed weevil (Sternochetus mangiferae) Mango seed weevil, also called the mango stone weevil, is one of the major pests of mangoes in sub-Saharan Africa. The larva, which is the damaging stage of…

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New Mango breeds promise fortune for farmers

More than 500 farmers in Kilifi and Malindi are growing five new commercial mango breeds with yield potential of 10 times conventional varieties. The new drive is aimed at taking the returns from local mango farming to new highs. Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (Kari) has brought in five new mango varieties from Florida, in the US. The varieties include Haden, Tommy Atkins, Van Dyke, Sensation and Kent. They yield between 1,000 to 1,200 fruits per tree. The move will increase yields for farmers who were previously growing conventional mango varieties…

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Mango varieties in kenya

Francis Francis has a deliciously spicy and sweet taste. The flesh has fibers but is very soft and juicy. Francis is Bright yellow in color with green overtones and flaunts an elongated and sigmoid S-shape. Owing to the fibrous flesh, Francis may not be a popular choice for salads, but it finds great use in chutneys due to its tangy flavor.       Glenn Glenn is an excellent choice among various varieties of mango. It has a sweet, silky and peachy flavor and an exotic odor which make it…

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Surprising Benefits of Mangoes

When you savor delicious and succulent mangoes every season, you probably don’t think about the immense health benefits coming with every bite. A common nickname for mangoes is actually ‘the king of fruits’. Beyond the sweet, luscious taste of mangoes, they also contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that assure your optimum health. For decades, mangoes have been used to soothe stomachs. Similar to papayas, they contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties. As the popularity of mangoes has spread, many food manufacturers have introduced jellies, jams, squash, pickles,…

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Common challenges to mango production Kenya Africa

Common challenges to mango production in Africa Many farmers in Africa invest in mango orchards. However, there are a number of Production related hindrances at farm level that include: Limited access to good Quality planting materials There is a general short age of grafted planting materials of improved and higher yielding varieties in many areas. Farmers often use inferior seedlings obtained by germinating mango seeds from indigenous varieties. Such ungrafted trees take much longer to bear fruit. Whereas grafted trees begin to bear fruit within 2 to 3 years, ungrafted…

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EXPORT OPPOTUNITIES FOR MANGOES

Kenyan mangoes have a ripe market in Japan As the mango harvesting season approaches, farmers should be looking at export prospects as a way of making better earnings than they have been by selling them locally. Ministry of Agriculture officer Samuel Mburu says the surplus production of mango fruits during peak season of December-March has often been linked with losses on the part of farmers, who fail to select their markets well. Farmers and vendors often sell their produce at throw-away prices for fear of losses, occasioned by the perishable…

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Starting a mango orchard Kenya

Its now easy to start a mango orchard both for commercial and for consumption. With only sh 40,000, we will make your dream come true in your one acre land. This includes the cost of seedlings,planting and three months monitoring. We also do replace all the seedlings that are not thriving well. All varieties of mango seedlings are available including tommy, Kent and Apple. You can also buy the seedlings from us and do the planting yourself. Each seedling at sh 150. We ship across the country at a small…

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