Avocado farming in Kenya and profits

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Avocado farming is among the most profitable farming businesses to pursue in Kenya. From the year 2010 to present, most farmers have shifted from tea and maize farming to avocado farming. One advantage of avocado farming is that it’s not labour intensive—you only incur expenses when planting the avocado and when they are still growing but once they mature, your work is to harvest and sell.

Where to get the best avocado seedlings in Kenya

Hass avocado seedlings are the best ones to plant in Kenya. They are purchased from the Oxfam Organic Limited. The cost per acre ranges between Ksh10, 000 and ksh30, 000.

Best places to grow avocado in Kenya

The best places to grow avocado in Kenya include: Rift Valley, Nyanza, Western, Mount Kenya and Eastern. Avocado needs moderate rainfall, it doesn’t perform well where amount of rainfall is low.

Cost of growing avocado and how long it takes to mature

It costs Ksh 100,000 to Ksh200, 000 to grow avocado per acre piece of land. After planting, you’ll wait for 5-13 years for it to mature.

Avocado profits in Kenya

If you’ll be selling avocado in Kenya, one avocado will generate Ksh 10 to Ksh50.One acre of avocado generates Ksh 800,000 to Ksh 1.5 million per year.

When avocado is exported to other country, one acre fetches Ksh 800,000 to Ksh 2 million per year.

Avocado is harvested ones a year. It takes 9 months to mature after being harvested.

Avocado from Kenya is mainly exported to China.

Is avocado farming worth it?

Avocado farming is the best type of farming to practice in Kenya. The demand for avocado is both locally and internationally. You can’t go wrong with this kind of venture. You see, growing tea you’ll earn less than Ksh200, 000 per year per acre but avocado will generate more than 500k for the same period.So, why focus on tea which will not make you rich.

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