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GOOD RETURNS THROUGH HASS AVOCADO FARMING

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a decent chance not just for farmers, however a growing population of young people to venture into. The Kenyan market whether domestic or export is growing however restricted by the production levels of the present farmers. First and foremost, common selection for the export market is that of the HASS avocado. Hass could be a semi-spreading tree requiring a minimum of a 5M by 5M planting distance at maturity. It’s a generous bearer of fruits.

We at Oxfarm Organic Ltd have a privilege of interacting with farmers from central Kenya who started Hass avocado farming in 2010 from hass seedlings. Four years down the road his trees were of fruit bearing age and in 2016 his venture was commercially viable. Further interactions disclosed his preference of avocado farming to alternative crops is growing, this was when a prepared export marketplace for his product at 8-15 ksh per fruit, he delivers his product on to an exportation firm.

Best Conditions

The climatic conditions in most localities of the country square measure ideal for Hass selection farming. Hass Avocados are sensitive to wind, which might cause fruit drop and defoliation. Trees ought to be settled in safe areas. Planting of avocado trees is completed at a spacing of 5M × 5M with an acre carrying an approximation of 150 seedlings. Dig planting holes 60cm by 2ft separating top soil and the other soil, combine the top soil with 20kg of well rotten manure, take away the seed plant from the pot keeping the basis and soil structure intact, and plant the seedling using the top soil mixture. The soil is also accustomed to creating a basin round the plant.

Expected Returns in A Year

We could verify production per tree by indiscriminately sampling trees within the farm. Production averaged sixty fruits per tree, this was what we tend to be able to count and will be additional before the top of the season. Please note gather is completed double in one year.

Average production per indiscriminately sampled tree yielded 600 fruits at its fifth year in one season, production is 2 seasons annually. At a median value of 10 shillings per fruit the returns per tree annually quantity to 6000 ksh. It takes one hundred or additional fruits to form a meaning financial gain of over hundred thousands ksh.

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NB: There are many alternative Avocado fruit varieties however this is often the foremost common for the export market and includes a high production, because of its quality for domestic and export consumption it fetches high costs compared to ancient varieties.

CAUTION: The Grafted seedlings verify the fruit selection for mature trees, get your seedlings from certified farmers like us.

 

For more information kindly contact, us or visit our offices.

 

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TIRED OF GROWING MAIZE AND BEANS, TRY HASS AVOCADOS

TIRED OF GROWING MAIZE AND BEANS, TRY HASS AVOCADOS

Avocado farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of youths to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado. 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 today, where three quarters of the avocado fruit grown is exported to other countries.

CONSUMPTION OF HASS AVOCADO

Global avocado consumption is growing by about three percent every year; however, production growth remains a little behind. For now, the market is big enough for all players involved. Consumption is growing rapidly especially in North America and Europe. At present, Europe is recording high prices due to slow supply. In America, prices remain at a reasonable level. China is a major import market. Worldwide investments in the product are on the rise.

Hass avocado does well in altitudes between 1000m to 2000m. The fruit is generally bigger in cool areas as compared to warm areas. The optimum temperature is 20 to 24 degrees Celsius. Although avocados are resistant to drought, well-distributed rainfall of between 1000-1200mm is adequate for proper crop development. They also require well-drained soils to avoid root rot. The best soils are sandy or alluvial loam with pH ranging from 5 to 7.

Traditionally Kenya is known to grow maize, potatoes and beans, but Kenyans are taking a different path, specializing in growing the Hass avocado variety, which can be intercropped with beans and vegetables in a bid to diversify agribusiness. Beans are known to fix nitrogen in the soil, thus, making it rich for the avocados besides making you as a farmer utilize your farm well and make more money.

YIELD OF HASS AVOCADOS

Hass avocados yield depends on numerous factors which include plant density, disease control, soil fertility among others.

The yield depends on several factors such as proper pest and disease control, plant density, and soil fertility among others. Generally, the average yield of Hass avocados in Kenya is 90,000 fruits per hector.

There is great potential for Hass avocado production in Kenya, especially for export. Some regions especially the central region and the rift valley region have impressive climatic conditions to produce this fruit.

The biggest challenge, however, remains lack of understanding among some farmers on the pesticides minimum residual levels (MRL) guidelines by the European market. Without this crucial information, there is a danger of farmers producing fruits only for them to be rejected by the export companies.

Every effort should be made to sensitise the farmers about these guidelines to ensure the highest export quality of Hass avocado that is produced in Kenya. Oxfarm Organic has experts who will advise on the best ways of cultivating Hass avocados from land preparation all the way to harvesting to ensure maximum returns.

With only Ksh 40,000 investment per acre, Oxfarm Organic can make you earn 10 million in less than 10 years.

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Hass avocado that is gaining popularity due to huge market oversees

This is not lotto we are talking of guaranteed income to farmers. The trend is not good for farmers nowadays compared to previous years due to numerous reasons major ones being uncontrollable pests and diseases and also drought that have led to big losses. It might get even worse but we have good news for you, we will guide you on various plants to grow in your land that require little or no management which are drought resistant with ready market and an acre giving you a million very comfortably every year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One such plant is hass avocado that is gaining popularity due to huge market potential to European market. It does well in almost all areas of the country, its drought resistant, no frequent diseases and pest control, it’s a tree with numerous uses etc. The hass avocado tree can be harvested for the next more than 50 years and its yield continue to increase exponentially.

Oxfarm Organic Ltd did a sampled research from farmers last week in Muranga, Eldoret, Meru, Nakuru and Machakos and from them a 5 year old hass avocado tree yielded on average of Ksh 4000-7000 per year and with an acre able to accommodate 150 trees a farmer gets Ksh 600000 – 1million.

This income increases as the tree grows bigger where a farmer Mr Karanja at Kenol recorded an income of Ksh 25000 from a single tree of 19 years. We have made it simple for you to invest in your land,

We have a package of one acre that is going at Ksh 40000 that involve signing of a contract that include

  • Field visit and soil testing analysis,
  • Delivery of pure hass seedlings,
  • Preparation of planting holes,
  • Planting and monitoring for three months and
  • Connecting farmer to the market.

 

We also sell our hass seedlings at 150 each and we do delivery country wide. Visit our offices today for further details and book a visit to your farm. In Nairobi our offices are at Hermes House opp K.T.D.A Tom Mboya Street, Eldoret at Sham House opp Veecam house along Oloo Street and in Nyeri Next to Housing Finance along Kimathi Way.