Hass Avocado Farming in Kenya presents a good opportunity not only for farmers, but a growing population of youths to venture into. The Kenyan market both domestic and export is growing but limited by the production capacity of the current farmers. The most popular variety for the export market is the HASS avocado.
Kenya produces an estimated 115,000 metric tons of avocado annually, 70% of which is grown by small-scale farmers. Some years back, most of the avocados were sold in local markets, but this has drastically changed today where three quarters of the avocado fruit grown is exported to other countries.
Most of the Kenyan avocado farmers are found in Muranga, Nyeri, Kiambu, Kisii, Meru and Mt Kenya avocado regions. Kenya has witnessed a sharp increase in the number of countries interested in Kenya avocados, these counties are, Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Iran, Libya, and Egypt among others. Leading exporters include Mt. Kenya Avocado Farms.
Initiatives by the Kenyan government have been a boost to Kenyan avocado industry to fully comply with global standards and regulations. Bodies like KEPHIS are actively involved in monitoring as well as educating farmers and exporters. Increased investment by county government also plays an important role in boosting farmers who struggled with low prices from brokers.
Today in Kenya more and more farmers are compelled to start growing improved avocado trees, which will triple the countries production rates for exportation. The big season for avocado has begun with an expected high rise in volumes of exported avocados.