Integrated Kenyan agricultural firm Kakuzi PLC has announced a free fruit maturity testing service for smallholder avocado farmers. As part of the firm’s out-grower development programs, Kakuzi, an exporter of Hass avocados, will provide free maturity testing services during the current harvest period that runs to August this year. The services will ensure compliance with quality standards and enhance the value of Kenyan fruit in the global market.
The Kakuzi avocado smallholder program focuses on the economic empowerment of smallholder avocado farmers through sharing skills and knowledge on avocado growing and overall good agricultural practices.
Kakuzi Executive Head- Corporate Affairs, Simon Odhiambo, told kbc.co.ke that he fruit maturity testing services at the firm’s Avocado Packhouse would help reduce post-harvest challenges arising from the handling of premature fruits.