Kenyan county avocado farmers get free hybrid seedlings, eyeing vast China market


Avocado farmers in Muranga county in central Kenya have received 500,000 avocado seedlings of the Hass hybrid variety to boost trade in the commodity with China.

Mwangi wa Iria, governor of Muranga county, said Thursday his administration distributed the seedlings free of charge as a way of enhancing food security as well as preparing for the launch of the produce in the Chinese market.

“My aim is to have every home own at least one avocado tree as the minimum,” wa Iria told Xinhua. “Today we issued 500,000 seedlings and the other half will follow in October during the short rains.”

“I laud President Uhuru Kenyatta for taking a leading role in marketing avocados by securing the Chinese market which is extremely crucial to the millions of our farmers, and he shall be our ambassador wherever he goes because he can do many international deals,” the governor said.

In April, Kenya reached a deal to export avocado to China.

The Hass avocado is the most popular Kenyan avocado variety for export. Enditem

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