Faida za Tunda la Karakara (Passion Fruit)

Passion fruit is a fast growing climbing vine that does well in a wide range of altitudes. There are two varieties: purple passion which is grown in highlands of altitudes 1200m to 1800m above sea level and the yellow variety which does well in the lowlands. Because of its potential, purple passion is one of the prioritized value chains in Uasin Gishu County. Consequently, the Agricultural Sector Development Support programme programme (ASDSP) alongside the County Government and other partners conducted various trainings for producers including good agronomic practices, group dynamics, value addition, water harvesting and conservation. Linkages were also created to the markets and specifically exporters. More support came from the County Government’s Horticultural Business Strategy which helped establish 31 fruit tree nurseries in the county.
As a result of these interventions, area under passion fruit increased from 10 acres in 2015 to 62.9 acres in 2016. Overall vine population now stands at 41,900 plants producing 15 tons of quality fruits per week.. Passion fruit grows fast and matures within eight months. It can be harvested four times a year, depending on the availability of rain or irrigation water. The traditional purple variety has a lifespan of two to three whereas the grafted purple/yellow variety can last for up to four years.