Tanzanian farmers find new hope in avocados

Farmers who have received avocado tree seedlings from the One Acre Fund Tanzania have expressed their interest in avocado farming, saying it is more profitable than maize and tree cultivation.

Constanino Somba is a farmer of Kivalali village in Ifunda Ward, who said the cultivation of the avocados with improved seedlings is more beneficial since its harvests begin in three years time compared to tree plantations whose profits take several years.

For the past seven years, Somba who has been growing maize from the agricultural inputs given to them on credit, said avocados cultivation with the use of grafting and budding is more beneficial.

Somba added that avocado cultivation is a saviour for crop cultivation, which has more benefits and can be used as food but also for vegetable oil making.  Explaining the difference between local avocado seedlings and improved seedlings, he said: "Seedlings take longer to start producing fruits about six years while the improved avocado seedlings take three years."

Communications Officer of One Acre Fund Tanzania Dorcas Tinga, said in November last year, the fund distributed more than 6,900 avocado seedlings to more than 2,400 small scale farmers in Iringa.

She said that using data from Njombe and Mufindi producers and suppliers of avocado seedlings they say that 'Hass' avocado seedlings produce fruits after three years of planting.

Source: ippmedia.com

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