Kenyan avocado farmers eye vast China market

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Added On May 25, 2019

In central Kenya, avocado farmers have received 500,000 avocado seedlings of the Hass hybrid variety to help boost trade with China.
 
On Thursday, the governor of Muranga county said his administration distributed the seedlings free of charge to enhance food security and prepare for the launch of the produce in the Chinese market.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): MWANGI WA IRIA, Governor of Muranga County
"Since 2013 we have given about 400,000 seedlings to Muranga farmers and we have seen results because earnings have actually grown. Last year, farmers in this county earned 3 billions shillings, or 300 million U.S. dollars, in this crop. Now this year alone we are giving one million seedlings already. This season we have issued out from five hundred thousand seedlings and then the balance will be issued in October during the short rains."
 
In April, Kenya reached a deal to export avocado to China.
 
The president of Kenya signed avocado export deal while attending the Belt and Road Initiative conference in Beijing.
 
SOUNDBITE(English): KARIITHI MUHIA, Farmer
"I think because Muranga climate is conducive for avocado, farming there would be plenty of harvest and this would translate to money making."
 
SOUNDBITE(English):PETER WA KARIA,Farmer
"We expect that now that China enjoys a wide market that we are going to benefit a lot from there and they can also bring exchange programmes whereby we can go there and explore more opportunities there."
 
The Hass avocado is the most popular Kenyan avocado on the export market.