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Farmers earn Sh18m from mangoes

Updated Thursday, February 21 2013 at 00:00 GMT+3

By Joseph Muchiri

Embu, Kenya: Mango farmers in Embu County have earned Sh18 million from the sale of the fruit since the start of the mango season in December.

This is a big rise from the Sh5 million that they were earning every season according to a survey by Kenya Agriculture Productivity and Agribusiness Project (Kapap).

To reap even bigger profits, farmers have formed a mango association where they market the commodity as a group therefore avoiding exploitation from middlemen.

Embu Kapap service unit director Anthony Gateri says other stakeholders like International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology and Technoserve have helped change the fortunes of mango farmers by providing pheromone impregnated fruit fly traps that have helped get rid of the nagging insect.

The Kapap director says mango weevil, which has been an impediment to the farmers, has been contained. Mr Gateri said they project the farmers…