HASS AVOCADO IN BARINGO COUNTY
Farmers have been urged to diversify in their agricultural activities in order to benefit from the marketing opportunities created by the government and its stakeholders.
One of the opportunities which Kenyan farmers can benefit from is the direct export of horticultural crops particularly Hass Avocados that has high demand in Europe and USA.
Baringo County Governor H. E. Stanley Kiptis with Principal Secretary State department for Irrigation Prof Fred Segor launched the continuous distribution of Hass avocados to various registered farmers in Baringo County at Perkerra Irrigation scheme-Marigat and Kabarbet area of Kabartonjo Ward.
H.E Kiptis urged farmers to embrace the crop variety saying it has been proven to have higher pricing index like Macadamia compared to other crops.
County government will support farmers acquire free seedlings, subsidized agrochemicals and provide technical support to ensure that farmers get value for their money through value addition thus making them economically stable.
The governor anticipated that his administration is also focusing on other sectors like dairy, honey, coffee as well as carry out value addition on livestock products.
Prof. Segor revealed that the government is targeting to support farmers grow 3million Hass Avocado seedlings and one million Macadamia in the next two years.
According to the PS, the government is not only striving to address food security agenda but to meet the direct export market demand after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a bilateral trade agreement with China for Kenya to export Hass Avocados.
It is estimated that the venture gives a farmer an annual income returns of Ksh 400,000/- per acre in the recommended ecological zones if good crop husbandry is practiced.
This affruitation programme is specifically aimed at reducing over dependency on one crop, and help farmers to be economically stable and make our county the county of plenty food.