Tomato & Courgette Farming
Tomato & Courgette Farming
Tomatoes are one of the most produced and consumed vegetables in Kenya, and is an
important cash crop for smallholder farmers (SHEP, 2009).
They are mainly grown in open fields, although green house tomato production is
growing in popularity with time.
There are several varieties that have different optimal ecological requirements for
best production and high yields, but mostly this crop requires a relatively high altitude,
well drained soil with an average pH, and relative room temperature on average both
day and night.
Courgette is also known as Zucchini and is closely related to Cucumber. The squash is very high in demand both in the local and export market due to its vast use in salads and pickles. The crop is easy to grow, and requires you to keep the soil moderately moist throughout. And need to be grown during the warm season.
Ngewa ward in Kiambu County –Kenya enjoys the richness of the ecological requirements for the growth, production and processing of both tomatoes and courgettes ready for the market, locally and export. The target group in this ward will be provided with the proper facilitation to handle this
venture to success, this will include:
1. Proper training in agricultural practices and crop management.
2. Economic valuation (cost and income analysis).
3. Provision of top quality tomato and courgette seeds.
4. Support system that will involve experts from an agro farm.
5. Partnerships for ready sales.
The Kenyan Economy has continually projected a downward curve in the recent years with the Kenyan shillings continually weakening against the global currencies. This has adverselely been felt across all economic blocks with the rural areas mostly affected. This has further been worsened with the emergence of the Covid-19 Pandemic which
has torn through small scale economic units and caused loss of employment and business in equal scale. The current systems have failed to address the situation and shelve the small scale earners with alternative means of livelihood.
The mostly affected have been single mothers and the elderly, who have been left with little or no income and without sustainable means of survival, with this reality, we are likely to have a vicious cycle of poverty if not addressed. Further with the effects of global climate change, food production has been threatened, And adversely affected. Low income farmers in the rural areas who are mostly women, have been caught amidst the struggle to change to modern practices that are way expensive for them and crop farming that could mitigate their financial strife. Tomatoes and courgettes have increasing