Ugandan MPs support avocado farming

Ugandan Members of Parliament of the Agriculture committee have pledged to support commercial avocado establishments in the country for farmers to reap from its lucrative market. Last week, legislators led by the committee chairperson, Janet Okori-Moe made a field visit to Musubi commercial avocado farm in Bukabooli sub-county, Mayuge district.

Grower Ibrahim Kinva works on a total of 1000 ha -with avocado trees occupying 160 ha- and employs over 400 workers. Kirwa told the MPs that it was in June 2018 when his farm ventured into Hass avocado variety and he plans to cover 480 ha this year and eventually 1000 ha of avocado next year. He also has vision to establish a processing plant to extract oil from avocado right from the farm.

He is also creating a ready market for the community surrounding his farm where he has encouraged each family to grow avocado and sell to him.

Okori-Moe and her impressed team cherished Kirwa for his endeavors and contribution to the community and promised to advocate for his cause. "We plan on encouraging every household in the area to grow at least five trees and sell to us the fruits.”

We appreciate the work being done here to help the community especially providing employment to children who have dropped out of school," said Okori-Moe. She informed Kirwa that the committee during the recent scrutiny of the National Budget Framework Paper urged government to pick interest in avocado growing. 'This is one of the elements in NARO (National Agricultural Research Organization) activities that have been captured for attention in the budget," she added, noting that in the neighboring Kenya commercial avocado is fetching up to US$100 million and therefore the government here needs to do a lot, especially to tap global markets.


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