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Avocado Farming Launched in Embu County

Runyenjes, Embu - The avocado story officially reached Embu county whenthe fruit was officially launched by Dr. Johnson Irungu, the Director of Crops at the State Department of Agriculture in Runyenjes. Dr Irungu, who represented Mr Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries also encouraged farmers to plant suitable mango varieties which together with avocado would enhance their livelihoods. Dr. Irungu noted that Embu county has high potential for the growing of these crops that contribute immensely to Kenya's economy. "The reason is we believe that planting avocado will upscale the standards of living for farmers who sell the fruits locally or venture into the export market," he stated. He noted that in 2016, Kenya exported avocadoes worth KES 5.4 billion representing 38,702 tonnes. Kenya is also ranked 3rd with a 15% share of the summer European market behind Peru and South Africa. "The seasonality of the Kenyan production allows it to participate in these markets at a time when many of the world's largest exporters - Mexico, Chile, Spain, Israel and the United States - are less active on international markets," he added. As regards varieties, green skin avocadoes (fuerte) are estimated to represent some 30% of EU consumption with the Hass variety making up the remaining 70%. The main avocado variety is Hass and farmers are encouraged to grow this fruit. Avocado is in demand as it has great health, beauty and medicinal values.it is eaten as a fruit, is used in the preparation of salads and juice, in cosmetics to prepare lotions and creams and for medicinal purposes, he concluded.
The event was also attended by Ms Annie Nyaga who represented Embu Governor H. E. Martin Wambora and Runyenjes MP Hon. Eric Muchangi.

KEPHIS staff(in green polo shirts) explain the management of pests and
diseases on avocado and mangoes to farmers, stakeholders and the public
during the avocado and mango awareness field day in Runyenjes, Embu.
The event was organized by KEPHIS in conjunction with the County Government of Embu

Runyenjes MP Hon. Eric Muchangi waters an avocado seedling during the avocado and mango awareness field day held in Runyenjes, Embu County. The event was organized by KEPHIS in conjunction with the County Government of Embu.


Ms. Annie Nyaga plants a commemorative avocado seedling during the avocado and mango awareness field day held in Runyenjes, Embu County. Ms Nyaga represented H.E. Governor Martin Wambora.

KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani plants an avocado seedling during the avocado and mango awareness field day held in Runyenjes, Embu County

The Director of Crops at the State Department of Agriculture Dr. Johnson Irungu reads the speech on behalf of Mr. Willy Bett, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries during the avocado and mango awareness field day held in Runyenjes, Embu County. The event was organized by KEPHIS in conjunction with the County Government of Embu

 

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Turi Ward, Molo - KEPHIS, the Pyrethrum Processing Company and the County government of Nakuru officially launched avocado growing in Molo, with farmers being urged to add the fruit to potato and pyrethrum growing to upscale their standards of living.
Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Cabinet Secretary Mr Willy Bett noted that there was a huge demand for avocado in the world market, with demand exceeding supply, particularly the hass variety. "Please add avocado to your farming and you will benefit in many years to come," he urged the more than 800 farmers who attended the farmers field day at Chandera Primary School. "We want as many farmers as possible to grow avocado which when you plant today you will start harvesting in 2-3 years," he said. The CS also launched pyrethrum farming by planting a commemorative tree in the school grounds. He noted that pyrethrum had been facing challenges which were being addressed and the sub-sector was on the road to recovery.
Molo sub-county is known for potato and pyrethrum farming due to its conducive climate and fertile soils.

On potatoes, the CS said his ministry is focused on varieties for processing into chips and crisps in addition to table varieties. "We are also keen on constructing cold storage facilities so that farmers can benefit in potato production; when there is an over abundance of potatoes farmers can store the surplus in the facilities and then sell when there is a shortage of potatoes," he stated.
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said his government will closely work with the Ministry of Agriculture and agencies such as KEPHIS to improve agriculture in the county for the benefit of farmers.
Also present were Livestock PS Dr. Andrew Tuimur, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Women Rep Liza Chelule and area MP Kuria Kimani.


Some of the over 800 farmers who attended the Molo avocado and pyrethrum  farmers field day

Left: Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika plants a pyrethrum seedling and right, KEPHIS officer Isabella Ondabu explains the importance of seed labels to farmers during the Molo avocado and pyrethrum farmers field day

Molo MP Kuria Kimani addresses farmers during the field day and right Nakuru Governor H.E. Lee Kinyanjui reiterates his commitment to work with agencies such as KEPHIS during the Molo avocado and pyrethrum farmers field day

KEPHIS MD Dr Esther Kimani addresses the farmers and right, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Willy Bett who urged farmers to plant avocadoes to upscale their standards of living

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The KEPHIS Laboratory Complex Officially Unveiled

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - Deputy President William Ruto officially opened the KEPHIS laboratory complex today, with a call for plant exporters to use synergies that the government has created to access new markets to sell their horticultural produce.

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Avocado Production to Uplift Standards of Living in Kirinyaga County

General Kassam Stadium, Kirinyaga County - Kirinyaga County is one of the most agriculturally productive areas in Kenya. Agriculture is the county's main economic activity, with 87% of the population deriving their livelihood from the sector.

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East African Legislators Praise KEPHIS Efforts in Protecting Kenya’s Plant Resources

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi - The East Africa Legislative Assembly-Kenya Chapter-has praised KEPHIS for setting high standards in its operations, placing the Corporation way ahead of its peers in the East Africa region.

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KEPHIS Initiates Process of Training Private Seed Inspectors for Food Availability

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – KEPHIS has started the process of training and authorizing private seed inspectors who will carry out inspections of seed crops countrywide. 19 representatives from seed companies namely Kenya Seed Company, Pioneer Hybrid, Agribase, Dryland Seed, East Africa Seed, Agricultural Development Corporation and Gicheha Farm are attending the two week training at KEPHIS Headquarters that includes theory and practicals.

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KEPHIS Hosts Senior and High Level Government and other Stakeholders To Foster Corporation and Enhance Linkages

KEPHIS Headquarters, Nairobi – KEPHIS hosted senior and high level government staff and other stakeholders to discuss and explore ways of working together to execute her mandate.

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