In Kenya, many farmers have not yet adopted greenhouse farming despite its many benefits.
For those farmers practising this method, they can always attest on how beneficial it is. So, what is greenhouse farming? What are the advantages of greenhouse farming? Why greenhouse?
The apparent reason to grow greenhouse vegetables, flowers, and herbs is to have crops at a time of year when they can’t be grown outdoors.
Out-of-season tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, lettuce, basil, and other vegetables command high prices in some markets.
So, what are some of the benefits that you might enjoy from greenhouse farming?
Growing crops in greenhouse results to higher returns because the plants are in conditions that are suitable for maximum productivity. This usually results in maximum productivity with just a small portion of land.
A lot of farmers practising greenhouse farming in Kenya are literary laughing all the way to the bank.
This kind of agriculture offers higher yields per acre, and farmers can sell these products and earn high incomes.
Furthermore, with greenhouse farming, the crops sell at a higher price because of their large sizes.
Greenhouse farming involves growing crops under controlled settings, and therefore it’s possible to grow crops at any time of the year. This is different from traditional agriculture where you have to rely on particular seasons to grow crops.
Due to the functional structures in which crops are grown in, there are very minimal cases of diseases and pests.
Greenhouse farming offers a solution to food insecurity in our country. Kenya has been faced with food insecurity for many years, and greenhouse farming may offer a solution to this.
Farmers need to realise that with greenhouse farming, they can grow crops throughout the seasons.
It’s important to note, though, that the cost of winter production of warm-weather crops like tomatoes is very high, so they will need to prepare to jump into it only once they are sure of a ready market and a price that will provide a return on investment.
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