Mango facts in Kenya

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  • Mango producing counties include: Kwale, Tana River, Taita Taveta, Murang’a, Elgeyo Marakwet, Lamu, Kilifi, Machakos, Garissa, Makueni, Kitui, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Meru.
  • Three popular mango varieties- Kent, Ngowe and Apple mango.
  • The Kent, Kaitt and Apple varieties are preferred for export and are mainly grown in Upper Eastern, Eastern, Central, Lower Eastern and Coastal areas.
  • Ngowe is largely grown in Coast counties with Tana River leading. the variety is used for processing juice
  • December to February marks Kenya’s peak production period for mangoes.
  • Kenya accounts for 1% of global mango production. India is the highest producer.
  • Kenya has very unique seasons for mango production globally.
  • TechnoServe estimates Kenya’s annual production to be between 400,000 – 500,000 metric tonnes with post-harvest losses being below 25%.
  • 90% of mangoes in Kenya are sold in the informal markets (Vibanda).
  • Mango processors in the country operate at 30% capacity due to lack of raw materials. The prices of mangoes at processor level has risen by more than 80% in the last 7 years due to increased demand and low supply.
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  • Some of the challenges affecting mango traders/farmers in Kenya include:
    • Post-harvest losses due to fruit flies and mango seed weevil infestation.
    • Poor feeder roads making some farms inaccessible to buyers.
    • Low mango per-capita consumption of mangoes by Kenyans – No mango eating culture.
    • Regional trade barriers especially in Tanzania.
    • Multiple taxation by County governments.
    • Lack of adequate government support both at National and County levels.
    • Market structures in towns not configured to handle fresh produce.
    • Climate changes and non-preferred varieties.
    • Lack of access to finance for both farmers and traders
    • Access to stable market.

Source : TechnoServe

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