Did you know that from an eighth acre piece of land, squirrel pest control, you could reap up to Ksh 100000 a month doing berry Farming?
The category of strawberries that is planted by the majority of farmers in Kenya is the Chandler type as it is fast growing, creates fruits which are tastier and juicier and the plant is easy to manage. The seedlings may be expensive but there is a way round this because one can simply propagate a few seedlings to get seedlings to plant on their farming space.
Quality planting materials are produced by these institutions.
Manure which is excellent for top dressing can be used in later stages of the plant growth.
The seedlings should be planted at the Rainy season’s end and incorporation of a good drip irrigation system on your little piece of land is essential for better results.
Raise the soil in your piece of land into beds which run parallel to each other 60 centimeters apart. Ensure that there’s a 30 cm distance from 1 while planting.
Areas that receive sunlight as the plants are extremely reactive with frost.
Throughout the season of flower production, pinch of the flowers to ensure better berry production another season.
As the plant grows 2 cm above the ground to help control weeds introduce mulch.
Kelthane diaznon and other proper acaracides and pesticides can help control diseases and pests.
Once the top of the berries are red, harvest. It doesn’t last ripening as fruits, once picked out. This fruit is highly perishable and pipes in a 4 Degrees Celsius can keep them fresh for seven days. Note that you should not wash or allow contact with water unless you’re ready to eat. Shelf life is also increased by picking the fruit during morning hours.
Ensure that you have a market before the interval reaches, because the fruit is perishable.
The community could be a fantastic place. Fruit stores, restaurants and other small users like cake makers are also excellent buyers of strawberries in Kenya. Industries which produce food tastes, jam etc, natural yogurt purchase strawberries.
For more of a practical approach to this sort of farming, please fee free to check out the Episode of the Mkulima ni Ujuzi YouTube Channel where their experience is explained by a couple in Ruai with straw berries. Success!
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