Several farmers in Tanzania’s Rombo District are trying their hand at avocado farming. The farmers say that avos are less expensive to maintain. One farmer, Wilbard Shirima, discussed how he inherited his parent’s coffee farm and after 10 years growing coffee, started growing avos instead. Shirima spoke of how the input costs for growing coffee beans did not translate into a profitable crop once he brought it to the cooperative union and got paid.
Shirima mentioned that he already had indigenous avocado trees that he does not use for commercial purposes, but now had commercial seedlings provided by Mantonyok Organization. He has planted 300 avo seedlings on a 5-acre farm. By next year, he expects 100% of his profit to come from the superfruit.
Another farmer, Godfrey Peter, in Kikelelewa village in Tarakea Motambru Ward, had been planting coffee for 8 years before he made the switch. He has seen an increase in income after planting avos instead. On his 10-acre farm, Peter has cultivated 700 seedlings.
Avocado Farming An Issue For Coffee
While farmers are experiencing benefits from switching to avocados, coffee cultivation in the region is significantly decreased.