Greenhouse farming is growing crops and vegetables in a greenhouse. A greenhouse is a shelter covered by a transparent material. It is also made of polythene material.
Greenhouses in Kenya were started in the early 2000s. They consist of walls and roofs made of materials that absorb light. The plants grow inside the house.
How to start a small-scale greenhouse business.
Do you love farming? Greenhouse business is a great way of converting your hobby into a passion.
Small scale greenhouse business requires little capital to start.
Maintaining the business is simple and therefore online platforms assist in marketing the product.
The procedure includes;
- Identify the market gap.
- Determine the crops you want to grow.
- Look at the growing conditions such as soil and weather.
- Determine the size of the operation.
- Secure the land.
- Construct the greenhouse.Solar greenhouses are much more profitable.
- Add the irrigation systems, fertilizer systems and fans incase of hot weather conditions.
- Buy seeds from other farmers or wholesale shops.
- Give the business a name.
- Look for customers to sell your products.
Greenhouse sizes and prices.
Greenhouses are of any size and shape. The average greenhouse size is 30 feet wide and 96 feet long. The least cost of building a greenhouse is 100,000 Kenyan shillings while the most cost of a greenhouse is 3,500,000 Kenyan shillings.
What is the cost of greenhouse polythene in Kenya?
The cost of a greenhouse polythene sheet in Kenya is between 90-95 shillings per meter square.
Best crops to grow in a greenhouse in Kenya.
The best crops to grow in a greenhouse in Kenya are tomatoes, capsicum, cucumber, coriander, melon, and strawberry. This is because they bring a lot of profit to the farmer and they are high-value crops.
We are going to look at Greenhouse tomato farming in Kenya.
Tomato farming in Kenya.
A tomato is a red or yellow fruit. It is eaten as a vegetable or salad. Tomatoes have many health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Tomato farming in Kenya is easier in a greenhouse than outside because the farmer controls the temperature and less water is needed during irrigation. Tomatoes take 20 to 30 days to mature as they appear from the ground.
So, they start producing after 40-50 days after planting. Tomatoes require full sun and heat to grow. Therefore, with a proper greenhouse, farmers plant all season.
Greenhouse suppliers in Kenya.
The following is a list of the best greenhouse suppliers and installers in Kenya:
- Grekkon Limited, Nairobi
- Illuminum Greenhouses Kenya.
Location: Ground floor, Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road, Nairobi.
- Greenhouse Kenya
Location: Rongai, Kajiado county
Problems facing Greenhouses in Kenya.
- Pests and diseases.
- Lack of planting material.
- Little supply of water for irrigation.
- Abandoned greenhouses.
Therefore, with assistance to deal with the problems they face, farmers can produce better yields.