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Strawberry Farming – In Kenya

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Did you know that you could reap as much as Ksh 100000 a month doing berry mulch?

Berries that is planted by the majority of farmers in Kenya’s category is the Chandler type the plant is simple to manage, produces fruits which are tastier and more juicy and as it is fast growing. The seedlings may be expensive but there’s a way round this since you can propagate a few seedlings to get more seedlings to plant on their farming space.

The seedlings arrive in the form of splits that could cost at least Ksh 15/per split that you can obtain from Kalro Njoro/Thika, Horticulture directorate or Department of Crops, Rats in Attic, Horticulture and Soils (Egerton University). These institutions create quality planting materials.

Soil Preparation

To begin with, this variety of strawberry isn’t so choosy with soils, it may do well both in clay soils and red volcanic soils provided you treat the soil well before planting and add enough organic manure(Chicken refuse, rabbit pee and/or plant manure. Manure which is excellent for high dressing can be used in later phases of the plant growth.

The seedlings should be planted at the end of the Rainy season and incorporation of a good drip irrigation system on your little piece of land is vital for better results. The plant has shallow roots and therefore water is survival element that is critical.

Boost the soil in your piece of land into beds that run parallel to each 60 centimeters. Make sure that there is a 30 cm distance from one while planting.

Areas that get sunlight are reactive with frost.

Of these flowers, pinch Throughout the season of flower production to ensure the season to better berry production.

As the plant grows 2 cm above the floor to help control 15, introduce mulch.

Kelthane diaznon and other acaracides and pesticides can help control pests and diseases.

Harvesting

When the top of the berries are red, harvest. It will not last ripening as other fruits, once picked out. Note that you shouldn’t wash or allow contact with water into the berries unless you are ready to eat. Picking the fruit during morning hours increases shelf life.

Make certain you have a ready market before the harvesting interval reaches, because the fruit is perishable.

The direct community could be a fantastic place to get started marketing your strawberries. Restaurants, fruit shops and other users such as cake makers are also buyers of strawberries in Kenya. Industries which produce food flavors, jam etc, natural flavored yogurt purchase strawberries.

For more of a practical approach to this type of farming, please fee free to check out this Mkulima ni Ujuzi YouTube Channel’s 4th Episode where a couple in Ruai explain their experience . Success!

You should definitely try this out.

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