Macadamia Farming In Kenya

This article focuses on macadamia farming in Kenya. Macadamia is one of the most profitable crops in Kenya. About 90% of the crop is grown for export, thus making Kenya the second largest exporter and the third-largest producer of macadamia in the world.

Despite the crop being profitable, most farmers in Kenya have not embraced macadamia farming. This is mainly due to minimal support from the government. This also demoralises those who are already into the trade.

One acre of land can hold up to 70 macadamia trees. A fully mature macadamia tree can produce between 50 to 300 kg of macadamia nuts. However, most farmers in Kenya harvest less than the mentioned figures as a result of various challenges, with the most common being invasion pests and diseases.

Macadamia trees take about 6-7 years to start producing nuts.

Best type/ variety of macadamia to grow in Kenya

  • The most recommended type of macadamia to grow is Murang’a 20 (MRG-20). Most agricultural experts and researchers recommend this variety because it matures faster and easily adapts to various climatic conditions.
  • The MRG-20 variety is the best to plant, but it is advisable to plant different varieties for the purpose of cross-pollination. Other types of macadamia seedlings are; KRG-15, EMB-1, KMB-3.

Conditions/necessary requirements for growing macadamia

  • Deep and well-drained acidic soil.
  • Rainfall should range from 800 to 1200 mm annually. This can be boosted by irrigation, particularly in areas that don’t receive adequate rainfall.
  • Right spacing of the macadamia trees, usually 10 by 10 metres. This ensures that the trees get access to sunlight.
  • It is advisable that you regularly weed your macadamia trees and apply manure at least once annually, for purposes of crop nutrition.
  • Protect your macadamia trees from strong winds by planting windbreaker trees.

Harvesting of macadamia nuts

  • Most farmers incur huge losses during harvesting especially by harvesting premature nuts. This means that premature nuts will have to be stored for some time. This may affect the quality of the nut. Therefore it is advisable to harvest only mature nuts.
  • It is also advisable to store harvested nuts in sisal bags.

List of Licensed Macadamia Processors In Kenya

1. Jungle Nuts Limited

Location: Thika

Contact: +254 20 514 2800

Email: [email protected]

2. Hannjo Nuts Limited

Location: Nanyuki Road, Nairobi

Contact: 0746 490 746

Email: [email protected]

3. Equatorial Nut Processors Limited

Location: Parklands

Contacts: +254 20 804 3083, +254 20 375 3124

Email: [email protected]

4. Paem Company Limited

Location: Kidhimani Road, Industrial Area, Thika

Contact: +254 672 220 447

Email: [email protected]

5. Sagana Nuts Company Ltd

Location: Sagana Town

Contact: 0727 819 332

Email: [email protected]

6. Afri China International Limited

Location: Imara Daima, Nairobi

Contact: 0716 510 222

Email: [email protected]

7. Eureka Nuts EPZ Ltd

Location: Athi River

Contacts: 0792 565 464, 0720 926 372

Email: [email protected]

8. Superfine Africa Nuts Limited

Location: Thika

Contacts: 0799 000 606

Email: [email protected]

9. Athi River Oil Africa EPZ Ltd

Location: Athi River

Contacts: 0735 474 127

Email: [email protected]

10. Fair Oils EPZ Ltd

Location: Athi River

Contact: 0719 762 543

11. Rainsun Nuts Company Limited

Location: Karatina

Contact: 0722 794 044

Email: [email protected]

12. Privam Nuts Company

Location: Embu

Contacts: 0709 765 000, 0709 765 257

Email: [email protected]

13. Lenana Processors Limited

Location: Kiambu County

Contact: 0707 590 103

Email: [email protected]

14. Limbua Group Limited

Location: Embu

Contact: 0725 966 383

Email: [email protected]

15. The Village Nuts

Location: Karatina

Contact: 0722 380 272

Email: [email protected]

16. Farm Gate East Africa Limited

Location: Mombasa

Contacts: 0718 009 877, +254 41 501 0000

Email: [email protected]

17. Ten Senses Africa

Location: Athi River

Contact: 0795 371 230

Email: [email protected]

18. Wish Kenya Private Ltd

Location: Thika

Contact: 0726 351 588

Email: [email protected]

19. Wondernut International

Location: Athi River

Contacts: 0722 713 075, 0733 606 707

Email: [email protected]

20. Afrimac Nuts Company Limited

Location: Along Kenol-Murang’a Road, Maragua

Contact: 0723 706 358

Email: [email protected]

21. Kakuzi Limited

Location: Thika

Contacts: 0722 205 895, 0722 205 342

Email: [email protected]

22. Macnuts International EPZ Ltd

Location: Athi River

Contacts: 0726 351 588, 0722 701 432

Email: [email protected]

23. Batian Nuts Limited

Location: Nkubu

Contact: 0759 087 909

Email: [email protected]

24. Sasini Nuts EPZ Ltd

Contact: +254 20 342 166

Email: [email protected]

25. Jumbo Nuts Limited

Location: Embu

Contacts: +254 068 223 1693/4

Email: [email protected]

26. Exotic EPZ Limited

Location: Sameer Industrial Park, Off Enterprise Road, Nairobi

Contact: 0792 963 890

Email: [email protected]

27. Farmica EPZ Limited

Location: Athi River

Contact: 0798 363 644

Email: [email protected]

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