Grow Avocado to Meet Market Requirements and to Enhance Livelihoods

Nyamaiya Stadium, Nyamira - Nyamaiya Stadium in Nyamira County played host to KEPHIS, the county government of Nyamira, the national government, three governors, members of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, members of parliament and over 2000 farmers who attended an exhibition that primarily aimed at empowering them to grow avocado for its medicinal, cosmetic and health benefits.

This is in addition to its demand internationally for its good oil content, versatility and taste. Hass avocado seedlings were on display to practically show farmers how avocado is grafted, planted, sprayed according to specifications, inspected for export and finally finds its way to international markets such as France, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Belgium and Russia. The legendary Nyamira and Kisii rains which fell in torrents did not dampen the mood of the farmers who patiently followed proceedings from the guests who came with a wealth of information to pass on to the farmers to encourage them on the path to avocado production.

The Cabinet Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Dr Andrew Tuimur who was the chief guest urged farmers to adhere to the export requirements of the fruit, noting that Kenya has recently been re-allowed to export the fruit to South Africa after a 10 year hiatus; The ban was because of the fruit fly, a highly destructive pest that causes massive damage to avocado, amongst other fruits.

Other guests who attended the event were host governor John Nyagarama, Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago.

KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr Robin Achoki assured those present that KEPHIS would continue working with county governments, in the spirit of devolved agriculture, to empower farmers on good agricultural practices that would enhance their livelihoods.

Governor Mandago urged the residents to venture into avocado farming as it had high returns when grown properly and according to export standards.

"Farmers should grow avocado and leave the business of finding markets to government which is doing a good job on that," he said.

KEPHIS MD Dr. Esther Kimani explaining the mandate of the Institution to governors John Nyagarama (in white cap), James Ongwae (in grey cap) and Jackson Mandago (in pink shirt). Looking on is Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries CAS Dr. Andrew Tuimur and KEPHIS Board Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki

 
Chairman Mr. Robin Achoki addressing farmers who attended the Nyamaiya Avocado Exhibition. He reiterated KEPHIS commitment to work with counties

 
Governors John Nyagarama(Nyamira), James Ongwae(Kisii) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) during the Nyamaiya Avocado Exhibition. They urged farmers to venture into avocado farming to enhance their livelihoods 
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