"Climate change pushes Kenyan farmers away from greenhouses"

A greenhouse stands in Vincent Mutua's compound in Kitengela, a suburb on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya's capital.

Until the middle of last year, Mutua was using the structure to grow a variety of crops that include tomatoes, capsicum and cucumbers for sale.

But he was in January forced to replace the greenhouse polythene cover with a shade net after suffering several crop losses.

"The polythene cover could not work well with the current unpredictable weather. The lengthy dry spell that hit the country from the third quarter of 2017 to April this year made growing crops in the greenhouses challenging because the inside temperatures could get too high, killing the plants," Mutua said recently.

He is among a growing number of farmers in the east African nation who are ditching the traditional greenhouse polythene covers for shade nets as the vagaries of climate change bite.

Over the years, greenhouses have been seen as the best bet for food secure nations across the world.

But in Kenya, with the weather oscillating from one extreme to another, farmers are finding it harder to use the traditional polythene-covered greenhouses as they have done for years.

Read more at Xinhua

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