Avocado farming in Kisumu has received a boost after the County Director Crops, Mr. Sylvester Okech today presided over the dispatch of 2,600 Hass variety avocado seedlings from Maseno Farmers Training Center (FTC) to local farmers across the wards within the County.
The seedlings were issued through the support program from the USAID Kenya Crops and Dairy Marketing Systems (KCDMS) through an agency called RTI.
The Hass variety is considered suitable for the region due to its high returns in yields and it is also rich in oil.
Besides avocado, the organization is also offering support on banana, African leafy vegetables and the dairy value chains in Kisumu.
This is in line with the Governors manifesto on promoting horticulture value chain and introduction of diversification on agricultural produce within the County.
The seedling distribution was done according to the wards’ suitability in giving high yields: Koru Muhoroni Ward , 500 seedlings, North Kisumu Ward 400 seedlings, North Seme ward, 350 seedlings, Kisumu East Ward, Kajulu 350 seedlings, North West Kisumu Ward, West Kisumu ward, South East Nyakach , South West Nyakach and West Nyakach each received 200 seedlings.
The Sub county Agricultural Officers and the Agricultural Extension Officers have been tasked to sensitize the farmers on how to plant the seedlings in order to get good yields. For example the recommended spacing that should be 8m by 8m. They will also do monitoring and evaluations after the farmers have planted the seedlings.
The Director crop was flunked by Sub county crops officer form Kisumu West, Mr. Simon Obwolo and Sub county Agricultural Officer Kisumu West, Mr. Tobias Olwero.