Governor Mutua: Hass avocados are in super high demand in the world

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of young people to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado. Hass is a semi-spreading tree requiring at least 5.2m by 5.2m planting distance at maturity. It is a generous bearer of fruit. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua during his benchmarking tour in Nyeri County on Friday. Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua has…

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Why Hass Avocado is the new Cash Crop

For many years, farmers in the central highlands of Kenya have depended on Coffee and tea farming as the main cash crops. Everything was going on well with farmers smiling to the banks until sometime back when prices plummeted to the great disappointment of coffee farmers in Kenya. But just when doom seemed like the inevitable reality for these farmers, came the Hass avocado, a variety that has a high demand overseas. Hope has been rekindled and farmers’ accounts are now swelling since the export market is too hungry for…

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Farmers already earning more from Macadamia nuts and hass Avocados

Jungle Nut Holdings Limited, a Thika-based firm is offering better prices to avocado and macadamia farmers in Kiambu and Murang’a counties. Jungle Nut Holdings Limited also provides financial support and agricultural training. Speaking during farmers’ organic and e-buying workshop at a Thika hotel last year, J-Hela accounts manager James Kimotho said middlemen and brokers have been exploiting farmers for a long time. Kimotho said farmers will be paid Sh120 per kilogramme for macademia nuts. Brokers had paid Sh30 per kilogramme. Kimotho said that Jungle Nut Holdings Limited will collect the…

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How to improve your fruit harvest

Growing your own fruit means that you can enjoy the pick of delicious varieties fresh from the tree or bush, turn them into pies, jellies and jams or store for future use. And you don’t need a lot of space, either – in small gardens, you can grow fruit as cordons or trained trees. You can also grow fruit in containers. With a little care throughout the year, you can enjoy the best possible harvests – here’s how. Plant at least two fruit trees Plant at least two fruit trees…

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Pruning, Hedging and Topping Mature Hass Avocado Trees

sustainable hass avocado farming in kenya

The need and desirability to prune or control the growth of mature avocado trees has been a matter of debate for many years. We have found that pruning does not increase fruit yield in Kenya. Continual and severe pruning generally stimulates vegetative growth at the expense of fruiting, so pruning should be done only when absolutely necessary. There are, however, situations in all avocado-growing areas where tree control by pruning is necessary and desirable. Reasons for Pruning To reduce harvest costs. Increasing harvest costs are becoming a major factor in…

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Why farmers should embrace new Hass avocado variety

Kenya produces an estimated one hundred and fifteen thousand metric tons of avocados annually. Out of this, 70%  are grown by small scale farmers. The local market has been a major beneficiary of these avocados, but lately, this has changed drastically. Many farmers have begun commercializing to the export market thanks to new variety; Hass,which has high demand in the European market. Other varieties grown are Fuerte and Pinkerton. Initiatives by the Kenyan government have seen a major boost to the avocado industry to fully comply with global market standards…

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Why you should invest in hass avocado

hass avocado in Kakuzi Limited

Kakuzi Limited a farm in Muranga has more than 408 hectares of land producing both Hass and Fuerte avocados. Kakuzi is one of the largest exporters of hass avocados in Kenya. The hass season runs from June to mid-September with Fuerte starting a little earlier in March/April. On 08/12/17, the farm held its annual Avocado Small Holders Field Day; an event that was graced by Muranga Governor Mwangi Wa-Iria. Kakuzi and Muranga county government aims at educating, supporting and promoting increased productivity of avocado by Kenyan farmers. The event brought…

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HOW TO IRRIGATE HASS AVOCADO TREE

HASS AVOCADO  IRRIGATION. 1) WHEN TO IRRIGATE The most efficient way to water is to apply water when it begins to show signs of stress from lack of water. It’s paramount to avoid water stress unless it’s by design to induce it; lest one may incur massive crop loss on both quantity and quality. The following signs are indications of water stress; • Footprints or tire tracks that remain in the grass long after being made • Many leaf blades folded in half. • If a soil sample sought from…

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Earn more than 10 million per acre with 30k investment.

Earn more than 10 million per acre with 40k investment. Project: Hass avocado, contract farming Cost: 40000 What’s in 40k: Free consultancy soil Testing 150 hass avocado seedlings at a spacing of 17*17ft, digging of holes 2ft by 2ft, manure application, delivery of seedlings and planting, monitoring for the three months. Market connection. We start by first coming to your farm location to monitor it and doing soil analysis to ensure that the project will be successful. The best time to do the project is during the rainy season either…

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