The Murang’a county government is in a process to formulate a law which will protect avocado farmers from being exploited by brokers. The law expected to be in place by mid next year will also guide in harvesting and marketing of avocado in an effort to maintain quality fruits which would in turn earn good returns.
Murang’a governor Mwangi wa Iria on Friday noted that the county government will fully involve exporters among other stakeholders in formulating the law before it is presented before the county assembly.
The purpose of the law, the Governor said is to ensure only quality avocados reach the market to ensure farmers get better returns as well as bar brokers who for long time have been exploiting farmers. Murang’a County currently produces about 57 percent of all avocados produced in the country making it a leader in avocado farming.
The selling of immature avocados has been termed as a major challenge as international buyers shun countries which sell immature avocados. Mwangi said the law once effective, will give direction on dates for harvesting avocados and deal with brokers who have been luring farmers to harvest immature avocados.
“The law will clearly state when the avocados will be harvested. This will block selling of immature avocados, a trend which has ruined our reputation in international markets,” he told kenyanews.go.ke.