Richard Canichan, an avocado farmer in Zombo district, says that he has successfully planted 200 Hass avocado trees in the past two months. Canichan's primary motivation for venturing into Hass avocado production is to target the export market.
Hass Avaccado Varieties (Courtesy Photo)
A significant number of farmers in Zombo district have turned to
Hass avocado production as an alternative to tea farming. Organized under the
Zombo Avocado Growers' Cooperative Society, these farmers have already planted
3,000 Hass avocado trees.
The Hass avocado variety, highly sought after for
export in Uganda, is obtained through grafting the indigenous avocado species.
It offers faster cultivation and greater durability compared to native
species. Richard Canichan, an avocado farmer in Zombo district, says that
he has successfully planted 200 Hass avocado trees in the past two months. Canichan's primary motivation for venturing into Hass avocado production is to
target the export market.
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Geoffrey Onentho, one of the founding members of the Zombo
Avocado Growers' Cooperative Society, explained that their goal is to plant an
additional 3,000 Hass avocado seedlings in the upcoming second season,
scheduled for August.
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Another farmer, Quinte Afoyomungu, highlighted the favorable
soil quality and reliable rainfall patterns in the area as factors that
motivated him to venture into Hass avocado farming.
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Hass avocado farming was introduced in Uganda in 2013 when the
country exported just over four tonnes of avocados, as reported by the United
Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN Comtrade).
In 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and
Fisheries launched a nationwide avocado-growing campaign to promote Hass
Globally, the main end markets for Hass avocados are France
and the United Kingdom, with the Netherlands and Scandinavian nations
exhibiting the highest per capita consumption.
According to information from the Ministry of Agriculture,
Animal Industry and Fisheries, Hass avocados typically reach maturity after two
years and a single mature tree can yield more than 3,000 fruits (500kg) under
proper agronomic management practices.