Kenya wins the worldwide recognition from its increased small-scale production of macadamia hence has been chosen to host the 9th International Macadamia Symposium in August 2020.
The symposium, which is held after every two years, plays a crucial role in the sector as it brings together entrepreneurs, experts, scholars, and growers from across the globe. During the event, they get to share the achievements made and plan the industry’s future development.
Through the Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) CEO Charles Muigai, Kenya has made significant steps through small-scale farming, typifying the country’s production system and hence the consideration.
The event organized by the Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) is expected to be attended by 800 delegates.
Kenya through its 200,000 small farms manages to produce an estimate of 42,500 tonnes which is a 20 percent supply globally with the number being expected to increase by 2020.
“The symposium’s prevailing sentiment was that all macadamia producing regions need to work towards increasing investment in production and marketing.
“As the world moves towards the production volumes forecast for 2020, a sound marketing strategy will be required to drive the demand needed to soak up the growing supply,” Mr. Muigai said.
The Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPAK) CEO appealed the government in considering being the upcoming symposiums’ primary sponsor.
In reflection to China which is a large-scale producer, the CEO said that the Kenyan government should borrow a leaf on how they support the sector through funding the International Macadamia Research and Development Center established to promote the industry.
“China now has up to 200,000 hectares under plantation and will be the fourth-largest producer this year at around 20,000 tonnes.
“Up to 80 percent of farms in the largest growing region of Yunnan are owned by small growers, with the government supporting them,” Mr. Muigai said.
In Kenya, the processors are operating at 50 percent and anticipate production increase after installing a processing capacity of 90,000 tonnes.
The sector targets Elgeiyo Marakwet, Uasin Gishu, and Nandi counties to boost production.
The price of the product hit Sh200 a kilo in the month of August 2017, hence fueling the demand.
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