Murang’a avocado farmers get Diaspora support
Posted by Administrator on March 13, 2012
A group of Kenyans in diaspora have welcomed a move by Alivando group of companies to boost avocado farming in Central Kenya. Stephen Gikonyo a Kenyan from Muranga county in the diaspora said he will consolidate funds from other Kenyans to support the farmers. Speaking at the weekend during a workshop with avocado farmers from Kandara constituency, Gikonyo decried rampant exploitation of farmers by middlemen. Gikonyo said they are ready to support the company in making sure the residents who have been crying foul get a factory of their own.
He said Central Kenya is better placed to produce high quality avocado products noting that bushes grown in hot, humid climates were found to have high saturated fats and too much wax for oil production. Gikonyo said they are in the process of identifying a good market for the farmers in other countries and also strategising how to market the fruit. He, however, urged farmers to form groups and grow avocado fruits in large quantities. He said there is ready market for avocado products abroad. Alivando group of companies has injected Sh400 million to boost avocado farming in Murang’a.
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