Do you want to successfully practice greenhouse farming in Kenya? Yes? Well, there are certain things you have to do right since they are crucial to how your greenhouse farming will be successful especially in Kenya. These things include the proper management, the right technical skills, among others.
Advantages of Greenhouse farming in Kenya
Undoubtedly, green house farming in Kenya has become so popular today. However, the sad fact is that it is being majorly taken by farmers who are desperate of earning more returns from farming where as they do not have the right knowledge about the latest technology.
According to agricultural experts, greenhouse farming in Kenya done the right way is a goldmine. They reveal that it is the today’s most profitable business opportunity when it comes to farming. However, when it comes to practicing this kind of farming then it proves to be quite different, yet greenhouses offer a number of advantages.
These merits include the protection of vegetables from any strong winds and even rain, planting of crops and harvesting at own interest when the prices are favorable, and recovering the amount of initial investment within 3 or 2 years. Also, inside the greenhouse there is increase of temperature, which leads to fast growth and therefore an earlier harvest opposed to the out-door production.
Challenges Facing Greenhouse Farmers in Kenya
So, what are the challenges that prevent Kenyan farmers from succeeding in greenhouse farming? Well, the benefits that are mentioned do not just happen; there are challenges that the farmers need to overcome so as to excel in greenhouse farming. Some of these challenges include the cost, management and pest and diseases.
So, in which way does cost become a challenge to the farmers? It is a challenge because farmers need either capital to start this kind of business or securities in order to secure bank loans. In most cases, neither of these two is available for the farmers so as to have a platform to running the farming.
The challenge of management comes in when the farmers can not be able to manage the different conditions that are required for better production. To start with greenhouse production requires constant humidity and temperature to be managed properly and at all times.
This is because a small scale greenhouse is prone to the risk of overheating easily when the sun is too hot. It can also condense when the temperatures drop. This means that the farmers should have the proper management of these conditions.
This is because when it comes to large scale green housing they use technical equipment to control such conditions, therefore small scale farmers should be the mangers of such conditions.
Ventilation should also be looked into and managed properly and to adjust easily. This is especially the green house farming is being practiced in regions where there hot temperatures that can easily go beyond the optimum and hence destroy the yield.
Finally, when it comes to management the biggest challenge is to manage pests and diseases. This depends on the type of the crops that are planted. However, generally, pathogens and insects can be established in a greenhouse very fast. They are very difficult if not impossible to get rid off effectively.
However, if all farmers can get the adequate knowledge about this technology of farming, and in addition get all the equipments and capital needed to manage and produce, then greenhouse farming can truly be a goldmine that they can use to have posterity’s future assured.
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