In Uganda, the growing demand for fruit both domestically and internationally has forced several farmers to forego other crops like maize to concentrate on avocado. The demand for the fruit has seen tremendous growth expanding by 88.2 per cent in 2016 alone.
In the last three years, fruit exports grew by 315 per cent and expanded by 1005.6 per cent in the last five years. In 2016, Uganda earned $1.91 million (about Shs 7.2 billion). This figure could well be over $5 million (about Shs 18.7 billion) today, according to one marketer.
Ugandan avocado is exported dry or fresh. Uganda’s top export markets include Qatar, Canada, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Spain and Egypt among other countries. Matasia Kwesiga, a Mbarara-based dealer who supplies exporters said he has been encouraging farmers to grow the fruit given the available market.
“The commercial supply (in Uganda) is very minimal. We always find a market for the farmers who produce avocado in Uganda,” said Adam Lavine, an advisor of Afriport International, an exporter of fresh fruits from Uganda.
Another company heavily engaged in the dealerships of the fruit is KK Fresh Foods Uganda. Afriport International has noted on its website: “If you have a farm with over 200 avocado trees, we would be interested in talking with you.”