If you have a passion for farming, starting a greenhouse operation might be a perfect way to make money from your love. Starting with a small greenhouse can save money even if building a commercial greenhouse can be time-consuming and expensive. To produce robust, superior, and uniform development of plants, a metal or wooden greenhouse is used. This is achieved by preserving the excellent microclimate of the greenhouse while maintaining the warmth needed by the plant for quick development.
A greenhouse is a framed or inflated structure coated in a transparent or translucent material that permits the production of fruit, vegetable, and flower crops at a somewhat controlled temperature. These structures range in size from small huts to massive industries. A cold frame can be compared to a small greenhouse. When a greenhouse is exposed to sunlight, the inside temperature increases significantly above the ambient temperature, protecting the contents from the elements.
Agriculture is a difficult sector since crops are frequently exposed to unfavorable weather. Crop production rates are heavily influenced by climate and environmental factors. Limitations have no place, notwithstanding the fact that agricultural output strongly contributes to global food security. Farm management strategies that make use of cultivation in a controlled environment have arisen as a result of the search for answers.
Greenhouse farming is a one-of-a-kind agricultural practice of growing vegetables under a covered structure made of a transparent or partially transparent material. The primary goal of greenhouses is to offer ideal growth conditions while sheltering crops from harsh weather and vermin. Greenhouse agriculture is another way of cultivating fruits and vegetables native to warmer climates in colder climates, such as growing tomatoes in some parts of Kenya. Greenhouses may control light, ventilation, humidity, and temperature. This allows the farmer to create and maintain optimal micro-ecosystems for their plants, supporting them in growing healthy, beautiful, nutritious, and tasty plants.
The crops that you can grow in a greenhouse
Considering greenhouse producing greens is an expensive endeavor, high-yielding crops with considerable economic value and long-term market demand should be cultivated there. Greenhouses are most commonly used for commercial crop production, such as tomato growing. Flowers, vegetables, fruits, and transplants are commonly grown in greenhouses. Unique greenhouse strains can also be grown in these. The market, climate, labor force, and availability of raw materials all have an impact on how profitable a greenhouse is. Popular Greenhouse Crops for Growing Vegetables and Flowers
Fruits & Vegetables: Strawberry, Exotic Vegetable, Cucumber, Colored Capsicum, and Tomato Floriculture: Alstroemeria, Gerbera, Dutch Rose, Carnations, Lilies, Anthurium, Gypsophila, and Orchids.
The cost of greenhouse farming
Greenhouses are required for a profitable farming operation. They are beneficial to the growth of fruits and vegetables. The cost of a greenhouse in Kenya varies according to its size and construction. Wooden greenhouses cost between Ksh. 100,000 and Ksh. 300,000, but steel, metallic, and polycarbonate greenhouses cost between Ksh. 150,000 and Ksh. 600,000, depending on size and quality of construction. We have a variety of greenhouse sizes available. Greenhouse sizes range from 8 15 m to 8 24 m, and from 8 30 m to 16 30 m for both wooden and steel greenhouses. The price is affected by the size and kind of greenhouse.
The cost of a greenhouse in Kenya includes the cost of greenhouse construction, greenhouse materials, and other components. Our greenhouse cost in Kenya includes;
- Structure (Wood or Steel).
- UV Polythene paper for greenhouses.
- Drip irrigation kit for greenhouse.
- System of filtration
- Optional agricultural net for ventilation.
- System of shade netting.
Steps to start greenhouse farming
- Investigate the size of your local market. This will assist you in determining whether the market can sustain an additional greenhouse enterprise. It also helps determine the degree of competitiveness.
- Determine your favorite crops as well as the size of your business – Consider crops that are in limited supply to capitalize on the demand.
- Learn about the restrictions that regulate this form of agriculture so that you can be assured that no one will be watching you.
- Build the greenhouse – Solar greenhouses are a good option because they are economical. Also, make sure there is enough of ventilation. Following that, the irrigation system, wire shelving, and fertilizer system will be installed.
Aqua Hub Kenya offers the best and most cost-effective Greenhouse at competitive prices. We provide metal and wood greenhouses. In addition, we advise farmers on the best greenhouse practices to utilize. For more information, please contact NAIROBI at 0790719020 or ELDORET at 0759372241.