Traders, farmers and other stakeholders from 14 Kenyan counties have formed a mango growers association. The assosiction is known as Assosiation Of Kenya Mango Traders (AKMT)
Its major purpose is to:
- Promote the commercial farming of mangoes
- Bargain for better prices for their members.
The founding CEO Linah Mukami says, “Mainstreaming of the mangoes as a key cash crop will strengthen its value chain through the establishment of a unified marketing platform.”
She said AKMT will engage the national and county governments to support seedling production of the popular Kent, Ngowe and Apple mango varieties:
“The mango association will work with county governments to:
- Abolish multiple and high tax points,
- Help farmers address issues of mango pests like fruit flies and weevils,
- Improve markets structure, and poor feeder roads
- Promote of mango consumption across Kenya.”
AKMT chairman Julius Njuki said 50 self-help groups had since been enrolled.
They joined the associaltion with a view to bringing farmers together to demand better prices for their produce.
Mango farming is done at a commercial scale in Kwale, Tana River, Taita Taveta, Murang’a, Elgeyo Marakwet, Lamu, Kilifi, Machakos, Garissa, Makueni, Kitui, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, and Meru counties.