Toast or avocado tortillas are very popular among young Europeans who are willing to pay tens of euros for regular tasting and eating. Kenya wants to use this trend and develop its avocado production, AFP said. More and more Kenyan farmers are now planting trees of American pear trees in the dry soil of their fields, leaving traditional coffee or tea cultures because the demand from Europe is great.
"When the avocado market started to develop, I thought it would be more interesting to plant American pears, and that's how I started," says Simon Kimani, noting the first trees he planted less than a decade ago. Now he has two hectares of American pear tree.
Toasts with avocado's appear in a canteen of European restaurants. Laura Hannoun on her blog has the top ten Parisian restaurants where avocado can be tasted. The avocado can cost up to 14 euros. "The right price is between ten and eleven euros", says a woman of twenty-five.
Tons of tons per year
Avocado grows on small farms in Kenya. Roles then sell their crops to export companies.
With the help of the ladder, S. Kimani and his two employees collect green avocado. Fruit ripens with its long drive to Europe. S. Kimani belongs to a group of growers who sell Avocado to Fair Trade Company Limited.
Bernard Kimutai, the production manager of this company, has seen a sharp rise in Hass variety avocado since 2015, which is very popular in Europe. "In 2016 we exported 20 tons of avocado" s and last year we have 40 tons ", he says.
S. Kimani annually collects up to seven tons of this fruit, which sells approximately EUR 0.5 per kilogram. Fair Trade Company Limited mainly exports it to Spain and the Netherlands.
Easier and more money
On shelves in European supermarkets are Kenyan avocado, which sell a piece for one euro, alongside Mexican, Israeli and Chilean.
"We're trying to improve quality so that 90 percent of our production can be exported, and the remaining ten percent will be used for oil production," explains B. Kimutai, who plans to open an avocado oil plant.
American pear cultivation is particularly suitable for the climate in Kenya: two periods of rain and regular sunshine, especially around Thika north of Nairobi, where the plantation of Kimani is located.
In the terraced garden trees grow without any order next to banana trees and coffee shops. This mixture of crops is fertilized.
"Coffee is a lot of work, but with avocado it's easier, it's more money and less work," he says. The trees were bought in the state cooperative and for two and a half years they have already built the first avocado twice a year.
The Kenyan government encourages farmers to dedicate themselves to this fruit. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Kennel Authority for Kephis Healthy Plant Management organize courses for small farmers to teach them how to grow avocado. "We also encourage young people to work," says Kephis Esther Kimani.
The Kenyan government is of the opinion that the avocado market is promising and can attract many young entrepreneurs. Kenya is in avocado & # 39; s sixth in the world and the first producer in Africa.
The demand is growing especially in rich countries where health is an important factor, says B. Kimutai and emphasizes that Kenyan avocado is grown without chemicals.
Avocado is very healthy for the body, contains many vitamins, fibers and trace elements and is part of many diets in Europe.