40% of Kenya’s macadamia nuts smuggled to China per year

The Nut Processors Association of Kenya (NutPak) says the country is losing more than 40% of its annual macadamia nut production to smugglers who export the commodity through Tanzania to China. The alleged exports are in violation of a government moratorium on macadamia exports. It was imposed following complaints that…

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Young macadamia farmer harvests friends’ advice

A young macadamia farmer in the Sabie River Valley in Mpumalanga, South Africa is proving that anyone can become a farmer, even if he hasn’t inherited land and doesn’t know a thing about farming. This ex-golfer’s secret to success is a willingness to learn, a passion for farming and good…

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Farmer builds his own oven for drying macadamias

Valley Macadamia's Farmer of the Year, Bill Bales-Smith, has built a drying oven for less than K7 000 and it saves him about K200 000 in the drying costs of his macadamias. For most macadamia nut farmers, the cost of erecting and operating electric drying units is extremely high, or…

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