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Thursday, 14 July 2011

Kenya’s farmers expected to earn more from avocado

Kenyan farmers can benefit more from export of avocado to the growing demand in the European Union (EU) if they increase their current production, a new report released reveals. Kenya and South Africa are the main African exporters of avocados, with South Africa being the second largest supplier to the EU across the world. "The industry expects demand for avocados in Europe to continue its upward trend in the coming years," said the report released in the capital Nairobi on Monday. The avocado export market intelligence report was done by the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project that is funded United States Aid Agency (USAID), to increase smallholder farmer incomes through enhanced productivity, crop diversification and improved market access. It said much of the demand in Europe is driven by increased awareness of the fruit and its potential uses and benefits.