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Former Teacher Earning Millions from Hass Avocado Farming in Tetu Nyeri

In this life, one has to plan for his future after retirement. At the outskirts of Nyeri county in Tetu Sub-county, Githakwa Village, you will find One Mr Kabue a former primary school teacher who after retirement decided to venture in Hass avocado farming. Mr Kabue has made life out of avocado farming and we have been following him since engaging us in 2014.

Why Did You Decide On Hass Avocado?

“Unlike old days, farming is different today. most farmers especially in Tetu used to grow tea, coffee and maize, if there was an avocado it would be in a corner somewhere. Nobody cared about it, nobody even remembered it until it matured. It was purely peasant farming with no intention of making money. That avocado probably wasn’t not planted or cared for. However, farming has adopted a different meaning for commercial purposes especially when it comes to Hass avocado farming”, Mr Kabue said.

He further explained that after visiting a few avocado farmers and doing his own research, he decided to try a few trees.

Where Did You Get Your Hass Avocado Seedlings From?

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Mr Kabue did a thorough analysis of the market and his land and decided to contact hass avocado seedling sellers. He had several options but later decided to buy 200 seedlings from Oxfarm.co.ke in 2014. He says that seedlings from Oxfarm are certified and are the real hass and that they (oxfarm) offers extension services advising farmers on how to do sustainable farming and the best way to go about tree fruit farming. He recalls, our officers going to his farm regularly to monitor the progress. compared to other sellers, Oxfarm will guide you and eventually connect you with the market.

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How Much Do You Get From Your Hass Avocado Trees?

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Mr Kabue’s Hass avocado trees

Mr Kabue says he cannot compare what he is getting now from Hass avocado and previous farming. His returns has increased tremendously and being a member of TEHU (Tetu-Huhoini) avocado farmers group, in 2018, all the members were able to sell their fruits at Ksh 12. Mr Kabue projects that the future of avocado farming in Kenya will rise and the prices can only go higher.

What Would You Tell Farmers?

Farmers should think business when it comes to farming. the traditional way of doing things has been overrun by events.” Why would someone keep on growing coffee hoping for better returns year in  and out?” Mr. Kabue Posed.  Although tea and coffee farming used to be good in their heir days, it has now deteriorated and cartels have taken charge of once central province economic power crops.

Many farmers venture into farming without key information and the project flops in less than an year. To avoid that scenario,  Mr Kabue reads widely on avocado farming like this and visits successful avocado farms. His focus was how to tend to avocado seedlings from day one to maturity, transplanting, monitoring, disease management and marketing matters.

Mr Kabue wants to have more than 600 Hass avocado trees by the end of 2020, a dream he says is achievable and will make him not just a millionaire but a force in matters farming in  his village. Imagine having 600 hass avocado trees where one can give you at least 1000 fruits, that loosely translates to 600,000 fruits. if one fruit can sell at a minimum of Ksh 10, Mr Kabue in just one harvest would have Ksh 6 million. How many kenyans earn that kind of money in an year??

 

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Starting a Fruit Farming Business in Kenya and What It requires

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African countries and particularly Kenya are blessed with a fertile soil which makes it grow diverse ranges of food crops including fruits and vegetables. Starting a fruit farming business is growing day by day in the country as farmers and other entrepreneurs have profited in this business venture.

Fruits are stable commodity which can be found in the local markets just like other food crops and in numerous quality and types which generally has a great health and medicinal benefits, and as well highly sought after, this has made it be one of the lucrative businesses anyone can engage in or use to complement their earnings.

What are the Key Steps of succeeding in Fruit Farming Business?

In fruit business, it doesn’t matter if you are a professional farmer or still a novice, once you follow the guidelines below you will be able to succeed in any fruit farming business you chose.

  • As mentioned earlier, there are many fruits varieties and types in Kenya, there is no way you can farm it all, therefore it is better you know what kind of fruit that you want to venture in, for example, hass avocado, Macadamia, Tree tomato, mangoes, oranges, water melon etc., but not after considering what kind of fruits the local market will need, what kind of fruit can effectively grow in your region considering weather and climate conditions, which one will yield more profits etc., After you have gotten answers to your questions during the course of your market research, then plan on the next thing.
  • For any fruit business that you want to start, make sure that you have an adequate knowledge on how to plant it and its best planting season, how to get the seedlings (always ensure you buy from certified nurseries), care and maintenance processes required, when to add fertilizer, how to know it’s time for harvest est. You can get the proper training by working on such specific fruit farm in order to get the basic knowledge that will help you succeed.

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  • Start Small: Every farming business needs a land, in this kind of business you can buy or lease a land in Kenya depending on your financial status, but as a beginner, it is better to start small so refrain from acquiring a large piece of land for now until you have successfully passed your experimental stage.
    Starting small will help in the effective management of the fruit crops, and will make you to easily face some challenges which might occur at the course of the farming process and as well learn from your mistakes thereby giving you a better experience that will help you handle large fruit farming operation.
  • When choosing a land for this kind of business, don’t lease a land or buy just for the sake of farming; ensure that you have check the soil type and composition which is one of the main determinants for effective yield and growth. The soil should be composed of humus and other essential minerals which can be determined by conducting or carrying out a soil test, but you can also add more vital nutrients to the soil when preparing the land for cultivation by adding organic manure or fertilizer. Check the pH value as well to make sure that it normal, neither too acidic nor alkaline.
  • Get Certified Seedlings from Oxfarm: Get the best seedlings from other local nursery operators or institutions in Kenya that oversees the affairs of farming and agricultural practice. Getting the right and healthy seedlings will determine what you will gain in return when they fully develop and mature into fruits.
  • Fruit trees are attacked by diseases and pests, therefore you should not wait till it starts before sourcing for one, get the right pest control, fungicides etc., for effective and timely management of your crops when such need arises.
  • Fruits are highly perishable, so while waiting for it to grow, use that opportunity to start sourcing for new and additional customers so that once it is time for harvest you can confidently sell to already available potential customers to avoid it spoiling and making you lose your profits. Plant hass avocado through our Package and we will take care of market.

In Kenya and other parts of the world, fruit business is lucrative as it forms parts of our daily meal. Make sure you know the essential things which will make you succeed and excel more than others just it has been provided for you in this document.

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Amazing Health Benefits of Plums

Plum Fruits are amazing for human body, mainly for preventing cancer. You call it plum when it is fresh, and you call it prune when it is dried, but both of them are full of nutrients. So no matter which type that you eat, you can still reap the benefits. They are packed with an immense range of phenols and flavonoids, which offer an impressive range of health benefits. Listed below are few of the health benefits of plum fruit

Cardiovascular Health

Regular consumption of plums is quite beneficial for maintaining cardiovascular health. Research has proven that the regular intake of dried plums helps in promoting fluidity of blood in the arteries. This protective effect aids in the prevention of various cardiac complaints, including the development of atherosclerosis and the reduction in chances for heart attacks and strokes.

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Prevent Cancer

Several researches have proven that the plum extracts have been proven beneficial in the treatment of cancer. Research has shown that the component epicatechin, present in plums, helps in preventing the growth and proliferation of malignant cancer cells and encourages apoptosis in human hepatocellular carcinoma or liver cancer. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, including chlorogenic acid and neo-chlorogenic acid which have a restorative effect on breast cancer cells, without harming the normal healthy cells of the body.

Prevent Osteoporosis

Regular Consumption of dried plums exerts anabolic and anti-resorptive actions, which aid in maintaining healthy bones. Plums consist of Flavonoids such as caffeic acid and rutin which helps in preventing the deterioration of bone tissues and prevent diseases such as osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Polyphenols, along with the potassium content present in dried plums, encourage the formation of bones, enhances bone density and prevents bone loss caused by ovarian hormone deficiency. Research has proven that regular consumption of dried plums helps in the restoration of bone density that has already been lost due to aging.

Boost Immunity

Plums consist of Vitamin C which is proven beneficial in strengthening the immune defense of the body. It helps to promote the body’s resistance against various infections and inflammations. Research has shown that oriental plums have immune-stimulatory constituents that encourage the production of nitric oxide in the body, obstruct the metastasis of tumor cells, and are valuable in preventing various diseases.

 Skin Care

Plum consists of huge amount of vitamin C, along with other antioxidants, which help to maintain healthy, radiant and youthful skin. Regular consumption of plums helps in reducing dark spots and wrinkles due to the presence of anti-aging nutrients. Plum extracts are used in various skin care products such as face wash and packs.

Control Diabetes

Plums use anti-hyperglycemic effects and help in combating diabetes. Research has shown that the consumption of plum extracts aids in the reduction of blood glucose and levels of triglyceride in the body. Flavonoids present in plums exert protective effects against insulin resistance and help to enhance insulin sensitivity in the body

Regulate Cholesterol Levels

Dried plums or prunes are quite helpful in preventing hypercholesterolemia and hyperlipidemia. Research has proven the effectiveness of prunes over grape-juice in maintaining healthy levels of plasma and liver cholesterol. Fiber content present in it also adds to the protective effect of the heart by reducing LDL cholesterol and helping to elevate the levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol)

Cure Influenza

Japanese plums are effective against the infection caused by influenza A virus. Research has shown that concentrated juice of Japanese plums contains lectin-like molecules which help in inhibiting and treating the infections caused by human influenza A virus.

Improve Cognitive Health

Researches have shown that the flavonoids present in plum juice are effective in providing protection against age-related cognitive impairment. Beneficial phytonutrients present in plums help in reducing the inflammation in the neurological areas to improve learning and memory functions. Regular consumption of plums also helps in preventing age-related neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Removes Dandruff

Vitamin C in the plum can help you get rid of dandruff. Hair follicles often get clogged due to dandruff and flaky skin. This damages the follicles and inhibits the hair growth, if not treated in time. Plums can help fight the bacteria on the scalp and soothe the skin to ward off dandruff. This will get rid of the follicles debris and encourage new hair growth.