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USAID to boost Kenyan mango exports

  • USAID to boost Kenyan mango exports

    by Market Insider

    Tuesday, 08 Oct. 2013

    The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has backed a new initiative that should see exports of Kenyan mangoes grown by smallholders and supplied by one exporter increase by up to 20%.

    The exporter, Keitt Exporters Ltd. which is already one of Kenya’s largest mango exporters, has partnered with USAID-KHCP in the new development; the company recently held a launch event attended by more than 100 growers who were trained on how to improve their mango yields and quality and take advantage of growing market opportunities.

    As part of the project 14 demonstration sites have been set up and producers are learning how to meet export standards to earn premium prices.
    In structured training sessions, growers practise techniques such as grafting and pruning and the implementation of integrated pest management; growers have so far been very enthusiastic about grafting technology allowing them to adopt new mango varieties and about the use of irrigation to ensure their trees can produce fruit for more than one season a year.

    Agronomists are advising growers on mango varieties and have already established a mango nursery in Kitui to enable farmers to access certified high-quality rootstock. A local demonstration grower said he is pleased to see expanding mango supplier base since the farmers in this region have the land and only need to better understand the expertise to drive up production.

    Keitt Ltd. is planning to contract over 1,500 mango farmers from the Kitui area to increase its exports by 15 to 20 per cent. It supplies a range of mango varieties including Tommy Atkins, Kent, Keitt, Ngowe, Apple and Sabeen; the firm also exports avocados, papaya and passionfruit to western European markets.

    Source: Frutinet

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