Bomet Women and Youth Urged to Grow_Avocado and Seed Potato Besides Tea for Improved Incomes

Konoin, Bomet - KEPHIS was in tea county this past week, in Konoin specifically to speak to women and youth about opportunities available in avocado production. But let us start at the beginning: the idea of the field day was initiated by area MP Hon. Brighton Yegon who wanted women and youth in his constituency to learn how they can earn some income or increase their incomes by venturing into the production of avocado which is gaining popularity in Kenya.

Konoin is in Bomet County which is in the 'tea belt', but in the spirit of diversification, the MP wished for his constituents to diversity and benefit from increased incomes. So, about 150 women and youth (and some men too!) were trained on the production of the fruit at the local agricultural offices before the actual field day. This was so as to impart practical knowledge on the growth of avocado. The training looked at the hass variety, the dark skinned avocado and why it is in demand in overseas markets, the Fuerte and Pinkerton avocado varieties, the main importers of Kenya's avocado, why market access is important for Kenya's produce, quality requirements for avocado exports, pests and phytosanitary requirements, challenges and opportunities in avocado production and how to work with agencies such as KEPHIS, the Horticultural Crops Directorate, the county government, among others.
And so the field day came and the event was graced by the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture and Irrigation Hon Mwangi Kiunjuri who enumerated on the gains to be made from growing avocado: maturity comes in the second year after planting(so this calls for patience)..a tree can get you about 500 fruits...a kilogramme of avocado goes for about Sh.40..the laws of supply and demand...
The CS also spoke on seed potato and that the ministry of agriculture was focused on increasing the uptake of certified seed from the current 18% to 30% and told farmers that using certified seed was the way to go to enhance agricultural production.
The event was graced by the Deputy Governor and Women Representative Hon. Joyce Korir.

Agriculture and Irrigation CS Hon. Mwangi Kiunjuri addresses women, youth and other farmers who attended the women and youth focused avocado field day in Konoin, Bomet recently. The CS urged the farmers to grow avocado, seed potato and macadamia, crops which have the potential to earn them good incomes. Looking on is KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani (2nd left), county officials and farmers.

 

Konoin MP Hon. Brighton Yegon (in KEPHIS cap) during the women and youth focused avocado field day in his constituency. Women and youth were urged to take up avocado, and also seed potato farming to improve their incomes in the spirit of diversification for food security leading to national growth.

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