Avocado farmers in Murang’a County pocketed sh 7 billion from the sales of the fruit last year. Governor Mwangi Wa Iria has revealed. The governor said the returns were out of the fruits exported to foreign markets, mainly Europe.
Wa Iria said then concerted efforts by the county to engage farmers into contract production have paid off leading to increase in profit. Speaking during a meeting with avocado farmers, the governor said that the strategy appears to have worked well for them as it have saved them from brokers who have for a long time exploited them.
“Most of the brokers have been buying the fruit at sh 1 and the same is being sold at sh 20 in the market” he said. Most of the farmers in the county have signed a contract with Kakuzi Ltd where last year one fruit went for sh 30.He said the county has 250,000 avocado farmers but close to 100,000 have mature trees.
“We project that in two years the locals shall be able to generate more than sh 30 billion when the one million seedlings we gave out last year mature to start producing fruits” Wa Iria added during the meeting