Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tomatoe success for young Kenyan enterprenuers

A student shows off his tomato plants
Young people in Kenya have taken up agriculture to heart, boosting their income and setting themselves up with the skills they need to make a living from agriculture. Receiving training from Farm Africa, these young entrepreneurs improve the quality of their produce and learn how to grow high value crops, such as tomatoes. The training also ensures that the young entrepreneurs tomatoes are packaged and well marketed.

Greenhouse technology
One of the young entrepreneurs learn about greenhouse technology, and improvised a greenhouse using locally available material and successfully established 700 stems of tomatoes. The harvest received brought in good income, and bettered livelihood.

The school's greenhouseBoosting families’ income
Ezekiel, a form three student receiving training, is growing 400 stems of tomatoes in his family’s garden. Obviously proud of his hard work, Ezekiel said: “I hope to sell off my produce very soon so the earnings will supplement my family’s income.” His father said: “We are very happy about what Ezekiel is doing. He is completely occupied with his farming. I allowed him to farm on my small piece of land if he showed seriousness in his farm work!”The greenhouse attendant Joel Matundura planted 400 stems, and has already sold off the produce and reinvested the money to establish another crop. Asked about how the previous crop fared, Joel simply said: “Not bad at all!” “I hope to do even more now that the business has taken off. I am very thankful to Farm Africa for introducing this technology to us”
 Read more about farming opportunities for young peopleFind out more about farming in Kenya

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