Nyeri County officials are keen on demystifying the notion that horticulture is a preserve of the wealthy and flowers can only be grown in greenhouses and have urged farmers to embrace this type of farming in a bid to harness the untapped potential in the country.
Horticulture farming has been the third top revenue earner for the country after Diaspora remittance and tourism. A clear indication of a ready market and heavy incomes for farmers.
The sector managed to net Sh154 billion in the previous year.
In the past, cut-flowers have proven to be a good farming practice as it is the largest earner with a contribution of close to 74 per cent of the total annual earnings.
However, the practice has largely been done by the wealthy planting in greenhouses.
Through Wilmar Flowers Company Operations Manager Joseph Kanyi Nyeri county has requested the farmers in the region to venture into the practice and enjoy high returns associated with the farming.
Besides the huge income involved with the sector, flower farming has been a core employment provider in the country. If practised in large scales both at the rural and urban areas, the levels of unemployment in the country will drastically decrease.
Speaking in Nyeri, the County CEC for Agriculture James Wachihi Muturi said that the devolved unit is supporting horticulture alongside traditional crops like coffee, tea and dairy farming.
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