Menengai, owned by businessman Jaswant Rai, is among the fresh produce firms that are eyeing the lucrative Chinese market after Kenya was allowed to export fresh avocado to the Asian nation last year. The Rai family has expanded into avocado farming in the Menengai Orchards in Nakuru County. The farm is currently growing 380 acres of the produce with a long-term plan of extending the acreage to over 600 acres next year. “We are planning to expand our farm in coming years and we are also looking at incorporating the local community in planting the avocado for export,” said David Jean Louis, a manager at Menengai Orchards.
Rai’s business interests have mainly been in the paper, timber, construction and manufacturing of first-moving consumer goods such as sugar and edible oils, with their establishment cutting across the East African region.