North Rift farmers ditch maize crop for avocado seeking higher returns

North Rift farmers ditch maize crop for avocado seeking higher returns

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North Rift farmers ditch maize crop for avocado seeking higher returns

Tuesday January 11 2022 Avocado farm 1

Andrew Tubei, the General Manager of Sololo Agriculture Limited in Uasin Gishu County at the farm on October 31, 2021.

geraldandae By GERALD ANDAE
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Summary

  • After incurring losses resulting from high production costs and low returns on maize cultivation, Kevin Koimat decided to try his luck on the avocado to improve his earnings.
  • The 27-year-old petroleum engineer could only make Sh25,000 from an acre of maize after waiting for a year.
  • For him, the maize venture was no longer attractive in the wake of lucrative avocado farming that is now gaining traction in the North Rift.

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