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Business - January 3, 2023

Avocado industry to create over 35,000 jobs by 2027



Stanley Ihedigbo

Convener, Gogreen Africa Impact Initiative which led to the birth of the Avocado Society of Nigeria (ASN), Ambassador Adeniyi Sola Bunmi, said that avocado industry has the potential to create over 35,000 jobs by 2027.

According to statement made available to The Mirror, Bunmi,  said the  variety of avocado is a nutrient-rich fruit that is full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, as well as is very easy to cultivate and is a hardy fruit.

He expressed his growing concern for the lack of interest in the path of the Nigeria government in mobilizing workforce towards revenue generation from hass  avocado.

In his words “I see this variety of hass avocado already thriving in Nigeria, and I’m happy I could make this a reality despite the high level of challenges we encountered in the cultivation journey, part of which is importing viable seedlings from countries like Mexico and Kenya.
However, We hope to make use of advanced farming techniques in future cultivation.

“The prevalence of hass avocado in Nigeria is still in the budding mode. Though the local variety can be found in local markets all over the country, only big malls and supermarkets can boast of the Hass variety.

“With continuous awareness for increased attention, there are high expectations that the hass avocado – one of the most popular varieties of the avocado fruit – will play a key role in Nigeria’s future.

“The hass avocado is a great source of dietary fiber which is necessary for keeping a healthy intestinal tract and helps with weight loss and management. It is also a good source of heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.

He further explained that Nigeria is experiencing rapid economic growth, which is a key factor driving the increasing demand for avocados.

“In addition, a growing number of Nigerian farmers especially members of the Avocado Society of Nigeria have started cultivating Hass avocados due to its higher price tag and higher yields. This means that the availability of hass avocados in Nigeria is likely to grow in the near future, which should create a strong market.

“The hass avocado tree is able to thrive in the tropical climate of Nigeria and can reach full maturity in as little as three years. This makes it an attractive crop for Nigerian farmers and allows them to more quickly benefit from the crops’ yields.

“Despite its popularity, production of the Hass avocado in Nigeria has been limited, with the majority of the crop imported from other nations. This has led to some concern in recent years, with worries that supply may not be able to keep up with increasing demand.

“A number of initiatives are being pursued by this group of farmers to boost production, including better soil management, improved irrigation and pest control system.

“It is therefore important for existing hass avocado farmers to jealously maintain their farms,” Bunmi added.

He further added that the fruit is popular as a snack, ingredient in salads and main-dish recipes, and its oil is used for cooking, baking and cosmetic purposes.

“The more trees we plant, the more Hass harvest we get. Let’s follow the plant a tree project and plant at least one avocado tree in our compound. As little as half a plot can make you some good money.

“If only the government of Nigeria can show an interest in investing in the development of the avocado industry. It has the potential to generate thousands of jobs for the masses, provide a reliable source of income for farmers and help protect the environment in the long run. The future of hass avocado in Nigeria looks promising, ” he assured.

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