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Kenya: Sasini ventures into macadamia and avocado production

Kenyan agriculture firm Sasini has started growing macadamia and avocados for export. This is part of a diversification plan meant to cushion the business from fluctuating coffee and tea earnings.

Sasini, which primarily grows coffee and tea, has set aside 200 acres of its land to grow avocado in Nandi and Sotik counties, but has for the past six months been exporting fruits sourced from independent farmers.

“Prices of commodities such as coffee and tea fluctuate significantly based on global demand. Diversification to the two crops will cushion our income,” said Stephen Githiga, Sasini’s managing director. “The demand for both crops is higher than supply, at the moment.”

According to a article, the company’s venture into macadamia and avocado farming comes at a time when its net profit for the year to September dropped 41.2% to 339.7 million Kenyan shillings (2.7 mln euros) on lower gains from divestitures.

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