MAAIF rallies farmers to grow Hass avocado

When Vincent Ssempijja, the minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, launched a nationwide avocado-growing campaign last year, the aim was to tap into the high demand in the export market.

Fast forward to today; Ugandan avocado has become one of the most sought-after on the global market, thanks largely to the Hass avocado type, which produces excellent yields.

So, to build on that early success, the ministry is on a mission to improve and increase production in order to fulfill the target of alleviating poverty and malnutrition.

Hass avocado is incredibly nutritious and contain potassium, heart-healthy acids as well as fibre. In fact, eating avocados lowers cholesterol.

Dr Hillary Agaba, the Director of Research at the National Forestry Resources Research Institute (NaFORRI), says Uganda aims to produce a million avocado seedlings over the next 12 months, which will be given out to farmers at a subsidized fee of Shs 5,000.

“We are also setting up a 10-acre-avocado model farm to act as a gene bank for about 11 varieties of avocado,” he says.

Hass avocados mature after two years and a single mature tree can produce more than 3,000 (500kg) fruits under good agronomic management practices. 

So, an acre requires 166 trees at maximum, on planting spacing of 6x4m of which production estimate is over 450,000 fruits (75,000kg).

8 Comments

  1. Baligeya Stephen on June 2, 2021 at 9:56 am

    I am interested in growing Hass Avocado in luwero

  2. Kamugisha Ephraim on June 15, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Great views on ovacado growing. If the research is true that ovacado is as profitable, then shd laise with Naads/uwep,local governments n mobilise n support serious farmers to undertake the project. But shd be careful not to do the same mistakes they did in the popularisation of mangoes which are ravaged by pests and diseases not to mention serious market challenges @the expense of farmers. To the extent that farmers have started uprooting them to recover land for other crops that are easy to manage and market
    As government can we now account for value for money spent on establishment of these mango orchards? Otherwise am seriously interested n have the capacity n intention to group more than 10 acres in Lyantonde District

  3. Byamanyowha YOWASI on July 7, 2021 at 3:56 pm

    It very interesting to grow Hass avocados in Uganda as a pilot project since Uganda depends on Agriculture thus growing of crops and rearing of animals

  4. muhangi charles on July 10, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I have twenty acres of land and have the money to buy seedlings but confused where to get the genuine seedlings

  5. muhangi charles on July 12, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Am among the farming who are willing to grow 20acres but still confused where to he the genuine seedlings. Because have had many farmers complain of buying fake hass ovacado which have put them into a big loss and losses. Which demoralise them to extent of leaving business in fraction.

  6. ocen andrew on July 12, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Am so excited about the growing of hass avocado and i have already made my mind to start growing it immediately at the start of rain 2022 but how to get the seedling is my biggest challange at the moment.
    I will be grateful if i find and answer.

    Thanks
    Andrew

  7. Muhangi Charles on August 2, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Am called Muhangi Charles of Kanungu district, am in preparation to plant 20acres of land and have deposited 50% of seedlings from Musubi farm u ltd. I beg for help from MAIF/NAADS IN terms of transport and advice on management

  8. Muhangi Charles on August 2, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    It’s my prayer that MAAIF look deep down country wide to spread the Hass gospel. Am there established 20acres of land. Unfortunately am alone

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