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Avocado

Avocado (Persea Americana Mill.) is grown in several agro-ecological zones mainly by small-scale growers (70%) with larger farms coming up in non-traditional growing areas like Rift Valley who grow it for subsistence, local markets and export.

  

Kenya has since been known as an agricultural country with leading exports like tea, coffee, flowers, but there is a new produce that is getting lots of attention-the avocado.  Kenya  resides in an ideal location for avocado growth, as avocados thrive in subtropical climates. Read more

Kenya is one of the major exporters of African avocados, after South Africa with Hass, Fuerte and Pinkerton varieties mainly being exported. There is great potential for Hass avocado production in Kenya because of the impressive climatic conditions for its production especially in the central and rift valley regions.  

Kenya also enjoys a competitive advantage over other exporting countries because the Hass variety harvesting season extends later in the year, than Peru, granting Kenya a window of opportunity in the export market. Kenyan avocados sell in Europe at roughly three times their domestic price, making the export opportunity extremely attractive.  

Kenya produces an estimated 115,000 metric tons of avocado annually, 70% of which is grown by small-scale farmers. Some years back, most of the avocados were sold in local markets, but this has drastically changed this year, where three quarters of the avocado fruit grown is exported to other countries.  

Avocados’ nutritional health benefit is also a factor that is boosting its demand. People around the world have the knowledge on its health benefits and wide variety of its uses. Guacamole food, with avocado as its main ingredient is very popular especially in America, greatly increases avocado consumption and importation.  

Initiatives by the Kenyan government and the private sector players have resulted to Kenyan avocado industry complying with global standards and regulations. Today in Kenya more and more farmers are compelled to start growing improved avocado trees, which will triple the country's production rates for exports and domestic consumption.

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