KENYA: How to produce export-worthy avocados

Avocado farming has become a big-league agro-enterprise with various market forces including border control, climate and global appetite for avocado favouring Kenyan producers.     The Hass avocado, a premium product in the Middle East and Europe has especially gained popularity in the ready-to-eat segment, with consumer appetite changing gradually from the green-skinned varieties to […]

KENYA: Youth peels wealth off his 30 acres of bananas

A muddy road stretching for about 2km from Mitunguu Town in Meru County leads us to Verdant Farm in Rwompo village. The farm can be described as a banana haven and is run by Oscar Gitonga, 28.     Gitonga, a telecommunication engineer turned farmer, grows the bananas on 30 acres, producing them huge, tasty […]

KENYA: Passion fruits open EU markets for Kitale farmer

Farmer Ephantus Mwangi in Kitale had not considered farming until he and his wife Pauline visited the Netherlands at the invitation of a Dutch couple with whom they worked on youth mentorship. Their passion was helping pregnant teens, young mothers and babies, and they set up a rescue home outside Kitale town.   Visiting that […]

KENYA: Passion fruit farming set for better times ahead

The prospects of passion fruit farming in Kenya could change for the better if plans to upgrade the fruit into a major horticultural crop are adopted by the Ministry of Agriculture.   This is after details emerged that the country’s production of the crop has been on the decline for the past decade in which […]

KENYA: From broker to manufacturer – the juicy story of a fruits trader

A drive from Nairobi to Chuka is refreshing, especially for a first-time visitor, as one enjoys the spectacular views of hills yonder.   Then there is the sight of women selling ripe mangoes and bananas on the roadside whetting one’s appetite for a fresh, juicy fruit.     This is the norm in Chuka and […]

KENYA: What avocado export market wants from you

As demand for avocados grows locally and internationally, there is no short cut for farmers seeking the best market and prices.   One must get it right when it comes to varieties, seedlings and fruits, especially if planning to sale in the export market.     Brian Gesimba, the agro-marketing manager at Amiran Kenya, says […]