Kapsowar Farmers urged to grow Hass Avocado for export

Farmers in Marakwet West have been urged to grow Hass Avocado that mature faster than other varieties in region and fetch more money on export markets.

The Avocado trees, apart from earning foreign exchange, are easy to manage and contribute to the10 percent forest cover in the farm lands.

The Marakwet West Sub County Agricultural Officer, Ms Ann Yator on Wednesday said the entire region is endowed with fertile soils and favorable climatic conditions that support the Avocado trees.

She said over 10,000 Hass variety seedlings were distributed three years ago at Kapsowar ward and farmers who planted the trees have not regretted as they are reaping fruits.

One farmer earned Sh 10,000 per tree in one harvest and he has now ordered for more seedlings this planting season, she said adding that the seedlings were available at their sub county offices.

She said a seedling costs Sh. 120 and additional seedling will be provided to cater for the increased demand.

The Elgeyo Marakwet county crops officer, Peter Isigi said the avocado seedlings were planted in spacing of 9m by 9m and it needs careful cultivation, delicate handling and attention to achieve the best fruits.

He said the Hass variety is mostly grown for export, adding that over 95 percent of Avocados consumed in America come from Hass tress grown above and below the Equator.

Source: Kenya News Agency