Kenya: Students grow tomatoes in high-altitude greenhouse

Tomatoes are sensitive to climate and weather and they are particularly hard to grow in high altitude areas. This fact has, however, not hindered production of this fruit in high altitude areas.

The previous government of Nyandarua County, for instance, started a project targeting schools to illustrate how the crop can be managed in an otherwise cold environment and still attract good returns.

Kieni Secondary School in Kaimbaga ward, Ol’ Kalou, was one of the selected schools that the county government for the project.

The school’s administration presented Peter Wambugu who had been employed as a groundsman in the school. He fit the bill perfectly since he had acquired a diploma in agriculture from Egerton University.

After a training provided by the government, Wambugu dedicated all his energy to ensuring that the project became a success.

He followed the steps as laid down by the trainers as well as those of the agricultural extension officers and commercial companies enjoined in the project.

And succeed he did, earning the school more than Sh300,000 (2,900 USD) after a complete harvest of the first crop.

Read more at the Daily Nation (John Githinji)

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