The Nakuru county government has launched a sustained campaign to revitalize avocado farming, focusing on sales to international markets. County Executive Committee Member in charge of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, and Cooperatives, Leonard Bor, said the devolved unit was collaborating with stakeholders in the avocado subsector in training farmers on enhancing the competitiveness of avocado value-added products.
“We have mainly singled out the avocado crop as a potential income earner for our farmers due to the high demand both locally and internationally,” said Bor.
At least 15 firms have been cleared by Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis) to export avocados to China following a stringent inspection of their facilities. This is in addition to the fact that more than three million Kenyan smallholder farmers who grow avocados are expected to benefit from greater access to the Chinese market.