In Western Kenya and Nyanza, growers are called upon to diversify their production away from sugar cane to other crops, to revive their fortunes. An initiative by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO) to scale up production of avocados in the west of the country might be a game changer for these farmers, if the example from Central Kenya and Rift Valley is anything to go by.
Avocado exports brought in Sh8.43 billion in the nine months to September 2023, accounting for 84 percent of the country’s total earning from fruit shipments in the period. Given that demand for the fruit is going up globally, with new markets such as China and India coming up, there is room for more farmers to claim a piece of the pie.
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