GROWING HASS AVOCADO IN KENYA:
No matter how much you earn from your salary, if you have an arable land then hass avocado is worth an investment because its less risky and easy to manage. Its advantages comes in handy, as it requires low very low cost input, low maintenance and it has a ready market all over the world.
Normally, under good management and care, a tree of hass avocado will tke less than 2 ½ years to produce the first fruits. A single mature tree can produce upto 3,000 fruits under good management.
If you plant at a spacing of 5.2 m by 5.2 m an acre will hold 150 avocado trees. This when mature can give you more than 300, 000 fruits. I Kenya under the current market of more than Ksh 12 per fruit, you can easily get Ksh 3.6 Million from an acre.
Although avocados are fairly 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 loams with pH ranging from 5 – 7.
PRODUCTION OF HASS AVOCADO IN KENYA
A mature Hass tree produces up to 2000 fruits per year and the current available farm gate market price offered by the biggest Kenyan fruits exporter is Ksh12 per fruit. Therefore a single Hass tree will generate in Ksh 24,000 every year year. And at acreage 3.6 Million every year.
Direct export market chain current offer is $2 (Ksh 200) per kilogram.
Note: The market price is expected to rise because of high demand with limited supply.
Reasons Why Hass Avocado is Preferred over other Varieties
- Hass avocado is the most demanded avocado variety globally, 90% demanded of all avocado varieties.
- Hass avocado has the longest shelf life among all varieties up to 2-3 weeks from the time of harvesting which makes handling and shipment easy and convenient.
- Hass has the most oil content of 17% in 100 grams of fruit pulp and of which oil production is highly valued, at local market cost of Kshs 2,000per liter.
- Hass avocado fruit is 75% creamy yellow and very delicious which makes it to be highly demanded by consumers basically for smoothies, salad and facials due to it’s nutrition values.
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