Kenya produced horticultural crops valued at Sh13.6 billion last year, up from Sh8.6 billion the previous season, as more farmers invest in the sub-sector.
Growers in Uasin Gishu County earned over Sh2.6 million from more than 48,000 metric tonnes of passion fruits cultivated on about 360 hectares. Nandi County produces an average of 7,000kg of passion fruits monthly, targeting regional and export markets.
“About 2,000kg of passion fruits are exported to the European market monthly and the rest are sold in the local and regional market,” said Emmanuel Tarbei, agronomist and agent for Equatorial HortiFresh firm in Nandi.
Most farmers in the region have received support from USAid and the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) to invest in passion fruit cultivation.