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.

Crops grown include tea, coffee, rice, maize, beans, bananas and various types of fruits and vegetables. However, in the spirit of diversification, there is need to plan for alternative agricultural and other sectorial interventions to boost the region economically. It is against this backdrop that KEPHIS and the county government held a farmers training and field day to teach and educate farmers on the good agricultural practices of avocado production. The training focused on crop production, compliance to market requirements and access, nursery certification, pest management and the varieties required for international market access.
The Guest of Honour at the field day was H. E. Peter Ndambiri, the Deputy Governor who urged residents to work closely with KEPHIS in the production of avocado.
"Diversifying to other crops will upscale your incomes hence your standards of living," he stated.
KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani, who read the speech for the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Mr. Willy Bett, urged the farming community to grow varieties that are in demand internationally such as the Hass variety.
"Also ensure you practice agriculture as a business to enhance your incomes," she advised.
Over 300 farmers attended the event where over 1000 seedlings were distributed to enable them begin the process of avocado production.


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Deputy Governor, Kirinyaga County H.E. Peter Ndambiri (right)

plants an avocado tree to mark the official launch of avocado

farming in the county

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KEPHIS Chairman of the Board of Directors Mr Wycliffe Murwayi plants an avocado tree to mark the official launch of growing the fruit in Kirinyaga County

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Managing Director KEPHIS Dr. Esther Kimani (left) planting an avocado tree to mark the official launch of avocado growing in Kirinyaga County


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Deputy Governor H. E. Peter Ndambiri of Kirinyaga County presents an avocado seedling to a representative of a farmer group during the official launch of avocado farming in Kirinyaga County

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