Makueni to host inaugural Mango Festival

Fresh mangoes in a market stall

Makueni is set to host the first ever National Mango Conference in Kenya to showcase the strides made in the mango value chain development as well as chat new strategies to increase revenues from the sector.

The deal to host the event was reached on Thursday by Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. and the Director Horticultural Crops Directorate (HCD) Benjamin Tito in Nairobi. The conference’s theme will be “Winning markets for Kenyan Mango by meeting market requirements and standards.”

It was proposed to be held in mid May this year.

According Agriculture CEC Joyce Mutua, the conference will bring together national and international mango value chain marketers, production experts, policy makers and producers to chat new strategies to promote the crop.

The Horticultural Crops Directorate has also pledged to support Makueni in marketing the crop by among others securing the export market and licensing a local firm to export the fruit.

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