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Did you know you can grow fruits indoors?

It is not necessarily that you need a large garden to grow fruits. You can make use of the small space and grow fruits inside. However, you should only consider dwarf varieties (for size) that mature at a faster rate when doing this. Also, go for grafted varieties since they can remain small without lowering the potential production. Fruit trees enhance the beauty of your home, and growing dwarf varieties can provide fresh fruits for your family and clean the air for your home. Isn’t that a win-win for everyone? However, it’s not all types of trees that can grow indoors. Besides, despite being a dwarf tree, it requires regular pruning to keep it in the desired size.

Here are five fruit trees that you can grow indoors. Dive in!

Strawberries

Since they are temperate fruits, growing strawberries indoors can, at times, be pretty challenging. They require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. When grown indoors, you can supplement this by putting them under a minimum of 12 hours of LED plant light. Use proper potting mix for optimum production.

Passion fruit vines produce delicious fruits for consumers, can be used to decorate patios and outdoor spaces and can offer a sense of decoration to your home when grown indoors.

Lime Trees

With little space, growing dwarf lime trees can be an excellent idea. They grow into manageable sizes and produce many fruits when cared for well. However, since you do not want bees in your house, pollination can, at times, be a challenge. You can also use limes to decorate your home and balcony.

Avocado Tree

Avocado farming is one of the most rewarding agribusinesses that has gained popularity throughout the country. Growing Hass avocado as houseplants is easy. However, you need to select the right seedlings and container or pot to use. Standard and semi-dwarf avocado trees grow tall and cannot make excellent indoor plants. Ensure that you place them in an area that receives bright sunlight.

Peaches

Fresh peaches are delicious fruits that you will love adding to your meal. Although they are temperate plants, peaches can also perform well indoors or on patios. Put loamy soil in large pots and plant your seedlings. Try it today!

Other fruits that you can grow in your compound include:

  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Lemon
  • Tangerines

Although it’s labor-intensive, growing fruit trees can be pretty interesting. However, you need to select the right varieties, choose proper containers or pots.

 Are you planning to grow fruits in your compound or on your patio? Oxfarm offers high-quality dwarf seedlings to help you enhance your indoor gardening experience.

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5 ways you can harvest rainwater for use in fruit farming.

As a farmer, you need water to grow fruits and achieve the optimum performance of the trees. Rainwater is the most common source of irrigation for fruit trees, and harvesting it is an excellent way to cut costs for your fruit farming project. It’s an effective way to ensure a steady water supply for your trees. With the increasing effects of climate change, you need to devise innovative ways to use scarce resources to maximize fruit production. Rainwater allows you to keep your trees lush and green and enhances your agroforestry goals.

Harvesting rainwater from the roofs, trenches, and surfaces goes beyond placing containers under the gutters.

Here are five tips to help you get the most out of this practice:

Hire a professional to install your efficient water storage and irrigation system. This can save you time and resources in the long run since you will be working with an experienced team. They will ensure that you use the right equipment and set up your system correctly.

Find a site with good drainage if possible. Fruit trees need well-drained soil, so you’ll have to factor this into your planning. The site selected should be conducive for fruit production and close to your water storage area.

Diverting water from rooftops

Diverting rainwater from rooftops and other surfaces is one of the simplest ways to harvest rainwater for fruit farming. It involves using gutters and other tools to divert water to the desired storage area. You can do this using water pipes or directing the water to a pond or dam. However, you need to filter out debris to keep the water clean and contamination-free.

Collecting rainfall water

You can build a simple rainwater collection system on your property by installing downspouts from your gutters into storage tanks. The storage tanks should be large enough to store large water volumes for irrigation use during the dry season. Although some trees are drought-tolerant, they need to be watered regularly for optimum growth. Your storage area should be large enough to store enough water to inclement weather and seasonal droughts.

As a farmer, you can store water in:

  • Ponds
  • Large water storage tanks
  • Cisterns
  • Dams

Conserve the water

With unpredictable rainfall patterns and weather conditions, farmers need to use efficient water delivery systems to conserve the harvested water. Drip irrigation systems are highly efficient and deliver small amounts of water directly to the plant’s base at regular intervals. Compared to conventional sprinkler irrigation, drip systems reduce water use by more than 30 percent. They deliver water through a complex network of emitters and lines and are easy to install and maintain. Besides, they can be automated to enhance your irrigation efforts.

Maintaining a steady water supply is an integral part of fruit farming. The fruit tree needs it to grow. The farmer needs the water for irrigation. Take advantage of the rains and store enough water for use during the dry season. Whether you are an established farmer or a new one, water harvesting is a strategy that will work for you. Try it out this rainy season.

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Adjusting your soil for fruit farming.

If you love the idea of having fresh fruits and a bountiful harvest, you need to provide an ideal environment for your trees. Apples, Hass avocado, peaches, macadamia, tangerines, lemons, mangoes, and other citrus are some of the easiest fruit trees to cultivate. Whether you are a fruit farmer, a researcher, or a nursery propagator, you need to understand that soil plays a vital role in fruit farming. The trees have specific soil requirements and may not perform well if planted outside their ideal environment. You need to understand your soil, research the soil requirements of the fruit tree you want to grow, and make any necessary arrangements to make it suitable for fruit farming. Besides, you need to embrace sustainable practices to maintain soil health and fertility. So how do you make your soil ideal for fruit farming with few chemical inputs?

Here are a few tips that will help you know how you can create the best soil conditions for fruit production!

Fruit trees have almost the same soil requirements, whether you are a conventional or organic grower. They require a delicate balance of content, acidity, texture, and depth, although it’s pretty challenging to achieve them together. Generally, most fruit trees such as Hass avocado and macadamia flourish in deep, well-drained soils with a sandy, loamy texture. Clay soils are not ideal due to their poor drainage, although the soil can be readjusted to support fruit production.

To grow to their maximum height and put down strong roots, fruit trees require plenty of depth and a balanced application of nutrients. Besides, they require adequate drainage to prevent fungal infections and diseases like root rot. Also, you need to check for soil-borne diseases such as nematodes, Fusarium wilt, and Verticillium wilt.

Apart from the soil texture and content, you need to understand its pH levels. The acidity or alkalinity of the soil has a significant impact on fruit health. Most fruits perform well in a pH range of between 5.5 to 7.5. It’s essential to test the pH to implement effective ways to create the ideal conditions for fruit farming. In commercial gardens, growers invest in regular soil testing to understand their soil conditions. This enables them to provide their plants with all the required nutrients.

The soil’s organic matter determines the performance of the trees and influences the uptake of nutrients.

After conducting a soil test, you can use the following soil-improvement techniques:

  • If the soil is too acidic, you can add lime to raise the pH to the required levels. Alternatively, you can add sulfur to lower the pH if the soil is too alkaline.
  • Add organic manure, compost, and other organic matter to enhance soil fertility. This enables optimum growth of the trees.
  • Plant cover crops.
  • Add fertilizers at a controlled rate to provide the necessary nutrients. After applying fertilizers, ensure that you water your trees with enough water.
  • Plant cover crops to improve the soil structure and build up its fertility.
  • During land preparation, try and use low-tech tillage.

With suitable soil, it can be easy to manage an orchard. After conducting a soil test, you will know what you need to add and what you should reduce. Besides, you will understand its drainage and how to regulate your soil pH levels. At OxfarmAg, we offer exceptional soil testing services to help you succeed in fruit farming. We also provide tailored extension services to assist you in managing your farm in the right way.

Reach us through;

Nairobi – 0769623300
Ms. Florence
Whatsapp: https://wa.me/254769623300

Eldoret – 0710588060
Mr Duncan
WhatsApp: https://wa.me/254710588060

Nakuru- 0740000044
Ms. Caroline
WhatsApp: https://wa.me/254740000044

Nyeri- 0742194880
Mr. Nick
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Western- 0706222888
Mr. Asman
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Why fruit farming?

A focus on Custard Apple

The rainy season is here, which tree should you plant? At times, making informed decisions on the type of tree to grow can be challenging. What will happen if the roots extend horizontally? Are they for shade or commercial purposes? Will they block sunlight from reaching your house make your house cold to unbearable levels? Do the growing conditions favor the growth of trees?

Commercial fruit trees are a long-term investment that requires one to make the right decisions when planning on what to grow, how and where to set up the orchard, and when to grow. Trees should be planted during the rainy season since they require a lot of water during the early growth stages. The moisture levels in the soil should be adequate before planting. On most occasions, especially in areas where irrigation water is limited, fruit seedlings should be planted when the evaporation rates are low, either in the morning or in the evening. In drier areas, the young plants should be mulched to reduce evaporation.

What should I grow?

Some of the fruits you should consider growing include oranges, lemons, macadamia, guava, tree tomato, apples, strawberry, grapes, Hass avocado, custard apple, and bananas.  

Will custard apples flourish?

Custard apples are sweet fruits with a high nutritional value. They are rich in magnesium, vitamin A and C, and have a low-fat content. Apart from retailing at premium prices, custard apples have a high demand in the local and export markets. For instance, 1 kilo of the fruits goes for between Kshs 120 to Kshs 150 when the demand is high and Kshs 80 during the off season.

The demand for custard apples has been rising due to their numerous health benefits and extensive use in desserts, savories, and salads. For instance, it’s recommended to those suffering from cancer and blood pressure. Besides, it enhances brain alertness, vision, detention, contains anti-cancerous properties, and boosts the immune system.

Custard apples are highly productive, especially when proper farm management practices are employed. For instance, the African Pride variety trees can produce an average of three to four bags each season. Grafted varieties produce fruits that can be harvested after every three to four months. With favorable growing conditions, each tree can produce between 50 to 70 fruits. The plants flourish in areas with moderate humidity, deep and well-drained soils, and a temperature range of between 20 – 30 degrees.

When space is not limited, farmers can grow several fruits in their gardens to boost their income. In Nyeri and Ukambani regions, for instance, one can grow custard apples, Fuerte and Hass avocados, mangoes, and strawberries.

Nurturing Custard Apple Trees

Custard apples are sensitive to frost and hence areas susceptible to such conditions should be avoided. Fertilizers should be applied every three to four months until the plant starts producing fruits. Regular application of manure is recommended. Although they do not require a lot of water, irrigation should be done regularly, especially in drier regions for optimum performance.

Take advantage of the rains and invest in fruit farming. OxfarmAg provides high-quality fruit seedlings and agronomy support to help farmers achieve success in fruit farming.

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Tips that can help you succeed in pear farming in Kenya

Pear farming is a lucrative venture attracting the attention of many farmers. It has little management requirements, can thrive in a wide range of ecological conditions, and retails at competitive prices in local and export markets. However, you need to embrace proper farming techniques to succeed in commercial production.

Why is the demand for pears so high?

5 key reasons have facilitated the increasing demand, which are:

The popularity of pears as a healthy and nutritious snack food

Growing awareness about the health benefits associated with consuming pears

Increasing consumer demand for organic, artisanal, and environmentally-friendly products

The growing markets locally and in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Strict food safety regulations in developed countries drive the demand for Exotic products like pears among consumers with a healthy appetite.

Where to grow pears in Kenya

There are several locations in Kenya where pears flourish. These include

 high-yielding areas with well-drained soils in the Rift Valley, Central, and Western Kenya. They also thrive in Coastal areas and drier regions of North and Eastern Kenya. Specifically, they flourish in cold areas such as Limuru, Molo, Kimende, Naivasha, Nyeri, Meru, and Western Kenya.

Tips that can help you succeed in Pears farming

To succeed as a pear farmer, remember to take good care of your orchard. Here are some tips that can help you know where to start, which varieties to grow, and the potential markets to target.

Get knowledge of proper pears farming

Before venturing into pear farming, you need adequate knowledge of the fruit. You need to plant the right variety, use appropriate fertilizers, and apply water in the required manner. Additionally, you need to create a healthy root system and understand the pests and diseases that attack pears. Also, you need to use proper harvesting practices and know the best markets for your produce.

It is important to be well versed in the different types of pears and their cultivation to produce quality fruit. This will enable you to identify which variety of pear best suits your farm site, climate, and other production requirements. Think about marketing your produce

Marketing is an integral part of pear farming. You will need to develop a plan to get the most out of your fruit, including pricing, packaging, and distribution strategies.

Choosing a variety

Choosing the wrong variety can ruin your entire pear farming investment. You should consider growing cultivars with low chilling requirement.

Choose the best soil

Soil fertility and aeration are critical for optimum fruit tree growth. You should understand the soil depth, pH, drainage, and structure to see if it favors the growth of the trees. You should consider growing your pears in an area with deep, fertile, and well-drained soils.

Control pests and diseases on time

Pears are highly productive fruits and are attacked by pests such as red spider mites, aphids, thrips, and fruit flies. They are susceptible to diseases such as powdery mildew, root rot, fire blight, rust, scab, and black spot. Ensure that you use effective pest and disease control methods in time to minimize their impact. For high-quality fruits, preventative control of pests and diseases must be done many months before harvest time, especially at the flowering and fruit set stage.

Harvesting and Post-harvesting

Mature fruits should be harvested carefully to avoid breaking or damaging them. If you wait until fruits are overripe, they will be tougher to handle and may lose flavor, color, and texture. Post-harvest handling should include proper storage, cold chilling, or canning temperatures. After harvesting, pears can stay for 2-3 weeks in the fridge. After that, they become slimy, unpleasant, and have a sour taste. You should consider value investing in value addition to lengthen the shelf life.

Marketing

Pears have a high demand locally and in the export markets. Currently, one pear goes for Ksh20 while a kilo has a price range of Kshs 100 to Kshs 120. In the export markets, the fruit has a high demand in Somalia, Belarus, Rwanda, Bahrain, China, and Europe. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany provide the largest market in Europe, while China offers the largest market in Asia.

Value addition

Farmers should consider processing their pears into value-added products to fetch more revenue. For instance, pears are used to make juices, chutneys, beverages, fruit salads, and dressings and sauces.

How we can help you

At OxfarmAg, it is our joy to see farmers succeed. We offer high-quality seedlings at a price of Kshs 300 each. Besides, we have come up with a fruit-farming package to help you kick-start your pear-farming venture. The package includes free consultancy, Kshs 150 seedlings for one acre, labor (soil testing, digging planting holes, planting), organic manure, market connection, and full-time agronomy support. Let us help you.

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Ever thought that fruit farming can be your solution to land utilization?

Farming contributes heavily in the national Growth Domestic Product (GDP) however that is mostly the crops that were grown back in the day. The uptake of fruit tree seedlings has been on the rise and it is more promising than any other type of farming because not only does the farmer get to earn well but also the government also earns from foreign exchange.

In the upcountry regions where you will find land that is enough to host a family and also has a place where one can farm, you find most of us have livestock in our compounds, which is so good.  That livestock is sometimes the source of income to the entire family, have you ever asked yourself how much you would make if you were to add something extra to your farm?

Think about this, where do you take your cow dung? Chicken dropping? Goat droppings? Do you normally use all of it? And again do you get the best from the maize and potatoes that we plant in most occasions? Of late we have seen an acre producing 3 bags of maize which if you compare the work that you have done versus the returns, it does not add up.

Why would a farmer consider shifting from the normal vegetables and the traditional food farming and venture in fruit farming? In most cases we normally consume imported foods because the cost of production is very high so we end up planting what is enough for us alone. But with fruit farming the market is insatiable both locally and internationally.

Majority of fruit farmers have to buy basic commodities such as manure so that they are able organically feed their fruit trees, but in this case whereby you have goats, cattle and probably chicken, you are advantaged because you will be converting your waste into use, this will lead you to minimizing your expenditure and therefore your fruit farming will be a huge profit as your cost of production is very low, because majority of this fruit trees require occasional top dressing with manure from time to time. When you go to sell your produce with another farmer who doesn’t practice the dairy/goat/poultry kind of farming, you will make more money despite selling your produce at the same time because you will have not incurred costs purchasing the basic organic produce and you will have it in plenty so your produce will also be healthier meaning you can even sell more than any other farmers because you have quality fruits.

Just like any other business, for one to succeed they must do their math well, a good produce is as a result of a good source and good management practices and just as the saying goes, there is a time to saw and a time to harvest. It is very crucial to understand seasons and do what is necessary to be done during that particular season.

OxfarmAg Limited thrives in helping farmers establish fruit tree orchards so that they can achieve their desired harvest.

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Why fruit farming?

BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO A FARMER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF FRUIT ORCHARD ESTABLISHMENT.

1.Ecological balance

This aspect refers to the interaction between ecosystems resulting to coexistence or survival by the related species. The system involves human beings, birds, animals, microorganisms, insects etc. As a farmer its always viable to venture into fruit tree farming since they are the initial beneficiaries of the project in the following ways

  • Fruit trees established near homesteads provide shade and air purification to the population while in return human beings manage and take care of the tree through watering and maintenance.
  •  Fruit orchards also provide shelter and breeding areas/ “homes’’ to the birds and other animals such as bats while other species create pleasant environment through sweet melodies in the morning.
  • Microorganism benefit by getting food from leaves falling from the trees and in return promote decomposition of the litter usable by the trees, this reduces the amount of synthetic fertilizers a farmer uses. This also helps in improving soil structure, texture, aeration etc.
  • Fruit trees supports insects such as bees which in return facilitates pollination and in the long run the farmers gets higher fruit production and honey.
  •  Soil conservation by reducing soil erosion since the roots holds the soil particles together.
  • Trees perform the photosynthesis process whereby they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. This process aids in reducing the greenhouse effects that threatens global warming.
  • Phytoremediation which refers to the ability of the soil to absorb harmful chemicals/pollutants present in the soil.
  • Trees acts like a carbon sink. In general tree store carbon mainly in their system and the soil. While they mainly pull carbon out of the atmosphere—making them a sink—they also release carbon dioxide. This occurs naturally, such as when a tree dies and is decomposed (thereby releasing carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases).

The rule of the thumb is fruit trees play a greater role in ecosystem maintenance.

Here is a list of fruit seedlings so that you can consider.

Here is the list of seedlings and their price in (Ksh).
Hass avocados@150
Grafted tree tomato @100
Fuerte avocado @150
Passion plants grafted @70
Yellow passion @50
Mangoes @150
Oranges @150
Tangerines @150
Guavas @100
Pawpaw @60
Apples @350
Macadamia @350
Lemons @100
Lime @150
Pomegranates @300
Pears @300
Plums @350
Kiwi @400
Grapes table/wine @300
Upland Arrow roots suckers @100
Pixie orange seedlings @250
Custard apple @100
Plantain @500
Dragon fruit @800
Tissue culture bananas @180
Strawberries @50

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How can we help you?

Farming can be a tricky business, especially in the early days. The weather, ecological conditions, farm management, weeds, and marketing practices can significantly affect your crops or livestock. At OxfarmAg, we understand this, and we are here to help you in every aspect. We have a package for you, whether you are looking for quality seedlings, soil testing services, irrigation equipment, agronomy support, or marketing assistance. We offer tailored solutions to help you establish your orchard through our fruit-farming package, provide you with success stories and farming guidance through our Agri-Tours, and offer you high-quality equipment. Dive deeper into the article and look at how we will help you.

  • Certified, high-quality grafted seedlings

Fruit farming is a lucrative agribusiness with countless opportunities. However, the success of your investment will depend on the seedlings and how you establish your orchard. OxfarmAg offers high-quality grafted fruit seedlings at competitive prices. Besides, we offer fruit growing packages that save you the hassle of setting up your orchard. This package covers lifetime agronomy support, seedlings, labor, manure, and market connection. This means that you will never fail in any aspect of your fruit-farming venture. Why not acquire your seedlings today and take advantage of the rains?

  • Soil testing

Soil health matters in all crops. At OxfarmAg, we offer exceptional soil testing and analysis services to help you understand your soil. We test the soil microbiology, pH, structure, nutrients, and organic matter. The results highlight what is present and missing in the soil and the nutrients you should add. This enables you to make informed decisions in your orchard management practices and helps improve the yields.

Soil analysis helps balance the soil chemistry, increases nutrient utilization, and informs farmers on the fertilizer strategy to adopt.

  1. Agronomy services and orchard management

Plants need a balanced supply of nutrients, timely irrigation, regular scouting and pruning, and timely control of pests and diseases. We offer high-quality irrigation systems to help farmers enhance their irrigation strategies. Besides, our Agri tours and agronomy support services help farmers understand and devise effective pest and disease control strategies. We help you know the pest and diseases that can affect your fruits. For instance, pests such as aphids, thrips, and spider mites attack most fruits. They are susceptible to diseases such as root rot, anthracnose, and blights.

  1. Agri tours

We offer regular Agri-tours to help farmers learn from the best-managed farms and apply proper farming practices to increase their production. The tours are open to everybody planning to venture into fruit and livestock farming and those planning to maximize their profits. From the tours, you will learn nursery establishment and plant care practices, grafting techniques, cost analysis, pests and diseases, harvesting and post-harvest handling, challenges in the farming value chain, marketing (local and export), and value addition. The livestock tours teach how to care for your livestock, biogas digestion, value addition, benefits of livestock farming, and how to earn more profits.

  • Creating the perfect food-growing ecosystem

A perfect growing ecosystem involves embracing sustainable farming practices and working in harsh climatic conditions such as drought, rainfall, and strong winds. We help farmers enjoy the profitability of fruit farming with exceptional agri solutions. Let us help you kickstart your fruit growing solution today!

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How can you achieve an optimum harvest?

Hello there, have you ever thought about the secret behind you walking to the market just to get the favorite fruit of your choice? I want to believe as you enjoy these juicy fruits you thanks to a farmer. Did you also know that a farmer had someone on their back to get quality fruits and pests controlled, yes am about to talk about how an agronomist is important in farming. An agronomist is a specialist in the field of science who has extended knowledge in crop science, agricultural science and agricultural system and management.

Agronomists handle all kinds of agricultural projects from small to large high-tech farms with the help farmers to develop and implement practices ensuring economical and environmentally viable operations for the future.

Roles and responsibilities of an agronomist.

 Agronomists are scientists whose area of study is plants and soil in order to increase soil productivity; develop better cultivation, planting and harvesting techniques; improve crop yield, quality of seed and nutritional values of crops; and solve problems of agricultural industry.

 Agronomists conduct tests and are concerned with the practicing principles of soil management and crop production in fields.

 They conduct experiments to increase soil fertility and develop best methods for increasing crop productivity and quality. Primary duties of agronomist include, best way to use land after performing statistical analysis of data, measurement of soil salinity and nutrient levels for planting crops.

 Agronomists examine crops for the signs of disease, insect or pest problem, weed issue or problem with the soil. They think critically to solve problems concerning planting, cultivating, harvesting and protecting crops from pests, weeds and harsh climates.

 They present research findings to farmers to use the information for growing and harvesting agricultural products

 Agronomists help farmers to manage crop planting and implementing efficient farming practices; improving crop efficiency and sorting any agricultural problems. At OxfarmAg limited we have a team of agronomist who are knowledgeable and experienced in the field. Engage with us and get these services at discounted prices. Let us manage your orchard and attain the best profit margin from your input.

For more information contact through text or call.

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Did you know that for every mango you consume one mango goes into waste?

Ever stopped at your local market to purchase some mangoes and your vendor had some mangoes that seem not consumable due to the fact that they have over ripened? So you tell them that you will not pick them and ask for something else instead of the mangoes then proceed to a different vendor and pick your mangoes and go home. Have you ever asked yourself where those mangoes go to? The answer is to the dustbin or a pit just by the roadside, right?

Did you know that for every mango you consume one mango goes into waste?

Those mangoes you refused to purchase due to their condition goes to the bin as you pick an equal amount and go home.

50 to 41% of the mango produce goes into waste due to supply chain inefficiencies. So, is it possible to reduce the waste of mangoes to a lower percentage or even have 0% loss?

Let’s take a look at the following areas and so that we can achieve minimizing the losses,

  1. Harvest

Harvesting of mangoes is a crucial stage towards minimizing losses, should mangoes be dropped to the ground then collected? This is so convenient, you just shake the trees and the mangoes fall you just pick them up. What you do know is “reduced your work” but in real sense what you have done is that you have damaged the shelf life of those fruits.

Mangoes should be harvested in a manner that the fruits are not falling to the ground. So this should involve use of machinery or someone climbing the trees with a ‘kiondo’ or an open basket, this might be slower but it reduces the damage that occurs when you drop the mangoes to the ground.

  • Packaging

This revolves arrangement of the mango fruits, sacks are convenient and cheap, but when it comes to proper packaging sacks should be avoided because the fruits end up squeezing each other and pressing the ones at the bottom, leading to damage.

Mangoes should

  • Transporting

Mangoes/fruits should not just be bundled on our car trunks and just drive as fast as a miraa vehicle. They should be treated with utmost care almost like eggs; I know that you have carried eggs from one destination to the other and the way, you see the way one drives carefully you don’t break anyhow, you avoid potholes and maneuver around the bumps and ditches, that it the same care that fruits should be given to avoid them hitting each other as this makes them starts rotting and that leads to wastage.   

  • Storage

We in most cases just store our fruits in our store and for those in upcountry have the luxury of putting them in their granaries. That’s how we store the mangoes but the question is how long will they take in that granary without over ripening?

Mangoes should be stored in a cool dry place/room this helps lengthen their shelf life. By storing fruits in our cold storage, finding buyers through market linkage activities, and working with a processor to offtake rejects, we have managed to off-take and use 100% of the farmers’ produce – increasing food security and farmer resiliency.  

One of the cheapest ways of storage that local fruit vendors can store their produce by simply using two metallic buckets/jars that are of different size then between the buckets/jars use charcoal then add water respectively.  That is one of the ancient methods of storage that can be employed by fruit vendors who might not have the resources to purchase refrigerators.