Project:GreenHouse & Shade net Farming-Strawberries Sucessful Farming Made Possible
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Site Location: Kinanie, AthiRiver, Macahakos County
Structures: 13x30M Greenhouse Unit
                13x30M Shadenet Unit
Crop: Strawberries
This is the Story of an outdoor farmer who got funding due to his passion for strawberry farming evident from his previous farm in Thika where he practised outdoor farming. The fund administrator says this was the major criterion that afforded him funding from the NGO. The fund administrator noted that it was his passion to get into greenhouse and shade net farming that convinced the NGO to fund the project.
 shade net farming
This type of funding sees the company directly pay for all services and equipments needed by the farmer thus reduces chances of fund mismanagement. This is where Illuminum Greenhouses came in with the Greenhouse and ShadeNet Construction part. The two structures were constructed  side by side over a span of around 2 weeks. The farm is situated just beside Athi River, providing enough water to the hundreds of farmers along the river. We were treated to a rare spectacle of a variety of horticultural crops around Kinanie area . This is attributed to the extensive irrigation activities ongoing in the area. Use of diesel water pumps has seen the area share water resource in an elaborate and unique way. The extensive piping lay out covers a large area with farmers sharing the water in intervals some of whome are already practicing greenhouse and shade net farming. On the other side of the river, we see huge greenhouse structures belonging to flower-export companies that still make use of the water.
A major hurdle faced by farmers that we actually also witnessed during construction is the hippo population in the river. Working after 6pm was a no-no as advised by the locals. Hippos have brought extensive damage to crops and also death when locals confront them. Use of natural thorns and cacti is the fencing used by farmers to protect their farms.
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Back to our site, the construction of both greenhouse and shade net farming unit was more of a test procedure to see the viability of strawberries in both. The outcome: Strawberries in the shadenet came up much faster and healthier compared to those in the greenhouse unit. Even though we had insect netting on the side of the greenhouse, the heat in the greenhouse proved to be too high for the crop. This resulted in alteration of the structure by removal of the roof polythene and replacing it with shadenet. Further, the side of the greenhouse was done away with connecting the two structures together. This resulted in better air flow and improvement in the greenhouse lot.
From our experience we got to learn:
  •  Greenhouse or shade net farming of strawberries causes fruiting up to a month earlier than usual.When  growing strawberries indoors it’s best to plant each strawberry plant into a 15cm (6″) pot/Soil bag of general multipurpose compost.
  • We also  learnt that high temperatures inhibit flowering. for this proper ventilation is required.
  • Further, In the case of lack of strong winds, farmers also need to pollinate the flowers by hand. To do this, lightly brush a soft paint brush around the central yellow part of each of the flowers.
  • Important: Feeding of plants with a balanced fertiliser every two weeks until flowering begins, at which point you should switch to a high potash liquid fertiliser for the best fruiting.
  • Enough water is crucial for proper fruit development.

Project carried out by Illuminum Greenhouses Kenya

To get more information on Greenhouse/shade net farming email info@farmingafrika.com

 

 

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Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin)
Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin)
I am a farmer and business man, I love travelling, exploring and meeting new people. I think I was born a farmer. I want to make farming great again and tell the story.So help me God!

15 Comments

  1. Benjamin David says:

    Hi Erick
    I am real interested in installing a green house in my farm
    I am Tanzanian leaving in Arusha .
    can you let me know if this will be possible .
    regards
    Benjamin

    • Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin) says:

      Hi Benjamin,
      I will have a greenhouse supplier contact you by mail. You can discuss the specifics with them.
      Thanks

  2. frank rutemerwa says:

    Hi there,
    Am in a need of an expert on green house construction using local material and all about green house expert, am in Bukoba Tanzania, a town north western part of Tanzania bordering Uganda and Rwanda, I will appreciate if I get the contacts of those guys.
    regards
    Frank

  3. Grace says:

    Hallo,
    Kindly share any information regarding the market for strawberry. Any leads would also be appreciated.

    Thank you.

  4. Hussein Abbas says:

    We are a company in Ivory Coast and wish to establish a hydroponics project using greenhouses (greenhouses equipment). Greenhouses equipment must have a transparent cover at the top, open at the sides and with a motor, adapted to a tropical area. The operation will have a cultivated area of 4,000 sqm and we wish lettuce plants produce 3000 per production cycle. We want you to provide complete equipment needed for installations and corresponding prices.

  5. Mwaniki says:

    I’m doing Strawberry and in need of more information on shade net. need to construct one.

  6. Gitonga says:

    Hi,

    Let me know how i can get funding for shade net and additional green houses for expansion.

    Thanks

  7. yorick says:

    Morning,
    I’m interested in strawberry farming but I will need a shadenet house in Gabon. What is the price for it? Is it possible to funding to support us regarding the shadenet or any alternative to reduce our costs.

  8. florence says:

    Hi. Am interested in green house farming. Could you kindly give your phone numbers.

  9. Francis Joseph belga says:

    What is the best material to use as sunscreen for a green house

    • Eric K. (Farming Afrika Admin) says:

      Hi Francis,

      If i get you right you are reffering to greenhouse paper/cover material. There are several types with some being more durable than others. Please call amiran kenya and they shall advice the best type of paper for it.
      Thanks

  10. Emma Ssali says:

    I would like to adopt the shed net for my strawberry farm. The birds have become a menace.

  11. Millicent odhiambo says:

    I need a shadenet green house because temperatures iny area are very high .l would like to do holticulture.

  12. David Kimani says:

    Hi, Am interested in a hydroponic shade. Can i get one.

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