Rana papaya

we are doing a local research on farmers experience in the following crop to enable some of our members venture into the production. kindly send any photos or information on these papayas if you have any local experience on them to

solo papaya
rana papaya


                           WHAT OF THE FAILED GREENHOUSES?

……Now we have Nunua ploti na greenhouse!!!!!!!

Before making any coments, i beg to direct my opinions on the following articles ,i dont mean they are not worth,but since they are in the public domain,why not disect the information?

With an investment of only ksh 120,000 one is “guaranteed” a return of ksh 1Million per annum! Farming then must be really lucrative! mathematically,one would only have to invest ksh 240.000 into two greenhouses to be assured of ksh 2M within the year,alternatively,secure a loan of ksh 600,000 with a repayment period of 4years ,invest in the greenhouses (4 of 8by 15M) and within a season,as per the links 1 he/she will repay the loan fully and continue leaving DEBT FREE!

I doubt,if any small scale farmer can ever break even by planting Onions in a miniature greenhouse or rather an 8M by 15M greenhouse

a farmer testiony as per this link is also encouraging and mouth watering ,


Agroinfokenya has come across so many greenhouses across the country that have now turned to be stores,the school greenhouse projects have been key into ensuring the teachers have a place where the students can store their school bags during exams! (why on earth does a reputable company construct a tunnell in the coastal region with No ventilation?!!

as you Drive,cycle,or walk home… many greenhouse structures do you see?  of all these,how many ,on closer look do you see a crop in it?….of all the ones with a crop in it,how many do you gauge have a serious crop in it?

We at Agroinfokenya pose the Quesion…What is the driving factor behid the failures of these projects? what are the companies involved in these projects doing to avert these? how many farmers have lost their investments as a result of the basic information provided to only encourage the farmer to Buy the structure?

The social media is awash with ”many would be millionaires” seeking buyers for their structures with a QUICK sale message,many have been demoralised yet many are still optimistic that something can be done in the right way,giving the right information and not just giving information TAILORED to Make sales.

we call upon the companies involved in these projects to MIND the customers,Mind the farmers as well as Protect the farmer investment by giving the right information at the right time and at the right costs.. after all,if the farmers fail,the sustainability of the projects /business is at risk as farmers will not Buy more.

We believe that proper attention is not offered to the small and medium scale farmers compared to the large scale farms ,after all,very few large scale farms have these problems due to unlimited access to information from these companies .

we at agroinfokenya seek to have the right information,we seek to convey this to the public without well,we seek to have the farming comunity shout at the top of their voice that It is NOT as it is said BUT as you want t to be..

we trust that with openess and honesty as displayed by such companies …,farmers will feel safe in the hands of professionals.

quoting from  ”TRUE,There is  MONEY in greenhouse farming. But it is not easy money, as the aggressive sellers of greenhouse technology would want farmers to believe.”

Kindly share your experiences , photos of FAILED greenhouses as well as those prospering to our page






Agriculture is Dynamic….very dynamic.I still picture a recent scenario where a farmer visited a shop in Nakuru and was seeking to be given AMBUSH, scenes of farmers coming to the shops with notes from agronomist prescribing some chemicals eg Bayleton(which have since been replaced by a different molecule by Bayer crop science) have not escaped my eyes too.

These indicate that each and every person involved in the industry has to be updated by the emerging trends to remain relevant either in the market or in the farm!

Agroinfokenya prides itself of a goup of agronomist with experience in several fields  as well as experience of agricultural dynamics agross the different regions/areas in the country.

we therefore seek your support in ensuring we diseminate the information we have in conjunction with the challenges faced by the farmer to the public for knwledge growth by sending us an email to>  with your questions,sugestions,advice or any relevant article you deem necesary for the general farmer domain.

kindly NOTE that agroinfokenya  does not accept any academic plagiarism ,thus any article from a member shall be duly acredited to him/her whereas any plagiarised material WIll NOT be published unless credit isgiven to the author.

if we dont have the full information you specifically need,we will link you to the people to answer


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After planning on how to go about farming ,the engineer was sure that he will manage as a telephone farmer-any way,what was the essence of Watsapp if not to help him in farmind?

Planting went well ,germination was superb and he was happy,after all,seeing all this transformation while on leave away from nairobi was what he had been longing for.

Done with the lave and could only coe on site after every three weeks,he decided as a good kenyan,put all his trust in the “farm manager” whom he was HANDSOMELY paying ksh 6,000 per month! To manage his 5 acre investment of the watermelo(you know what this investment means)

Back in the office,he happily shared with friends what he is currently doing so that he can get more income as he saw featured in some media on Saturday/Sundays

To motivate the workers,he bought a motorbike to be used to reach the nearest town for chemicals and fuel for the pumps.after all he only needed to call the agrodealer and instruct him to give a particular chemical(which he had widely read about on the internet) and pay via mpesa

Week 3,he couldn’t go to the farm as he was ‘’too busy” to get to the farm,so the best option was to use technology-ask the worker to sent current photos of the farm and specifically te crop condition through watsapp.This,he got after some 1hr as the worker had gone to the market and couldnt take the pics immediately.

Looking at the crop,he was not very happy as they appeared wilted but on inquiry,he was assured that with more watering frequency-which meant more fuel,this will be sorted(as jua ilikuwa imewaka saaana).he promptly increased the fuel allocation

………………….week 5

He got the time off to the farm,and what he found out,was hertbreaking-.THE PHOTOS HE WAS RECIEVING WERE OF A NEIGBOURING FARM whose owner is a peasant farmer and NOT HIS,all his investment was a shaddow of what he envisioned!…

His harvest was some few good looking fruits with the majority classified as sekete and ferried by probox buyers.



FARMING THE EXCEL WAY-DIY ,ASK AND dont struggle inventing the wheel

Healthy Spinach stalks

You are a doctor,a banker, policeman,an engineer,a nurse…..and while looking for a place to “diversify ” your wealth and increase your income sources, you have found it through different platforms that farming is the thing.

the extrapolations with respect to the costs and profits in relation to the time frame excite you. You are assured of huge untaxed profits within a period of three months by JUST PLANTING watermelons, and the profits are…wow.

you quickly (because you are an expert in analysis, go to excel and create sheets ,link them and what you see is more or less similar to what you have seen trend on social media groups regarding the ROI

you ask yourself what you have been doing all this time, why you did not realize this long time ago and you immediately start thinking of resigning from your current job to concentrate on farming, after all you have the cash, four times more that what the excel sheet tells you that you need to accrue profits that will surpass all that you can get in two years if you continue staying on that Job!


have you asked for the UNTOLD stories?

do you know that agriculture is not done on paper but in the field?


a farmer buys a tin f seeds worth 60,000.buries all this in the soil and goes home with no security at site to watch over the seeds which of coz he cannot get back even if they don’t germinate as they do not have a warranty!

yesterday, I bought a electric gadget worth 4000 ksh and i have a warranty of 1 year. Yet a seed of 60K has none.

So ,before you trust all those excel formulas, before you are excited by these figures ,before you dive into the agricultural waters, talk to the accredited divers, ask for the stories, listen to the challenges and what they found out. specifically, find the story of one who started with the excel and now he is successful. after all, you don’t need to invent the wheel.

do not be excited by the mouth watering figures propelled into the public by agro based companies eg seed companies on the quantity of harvets you will attain.DIY is the best way


Farmer:Mr peter lemparo
variety planted:Redcoach F1
year :2016

Agriculture is quickly turning out to be the ”what i can do for life other than ”what i will do after retirement”.with this,many youths are now getting into it whereas many employed persons are leaving employment in droves to ventue into agriculture,the question of When is it the right time to leave employment is a subject for discussion later on.

the new entrants who appreciates the value of proffesionalism in each field engage the servises of agronomists in the area who seek to advise the cients on the best tme to plant inord to get maximum benefit to sustain the venture.

The dissapointment of the new farmers after the failed projection is always evident after harvesting and agroinfokenya seeks to inquire ,who is to blame? is it the agronomist or the farmer?-None of the cited parties is to blame!

The earlier any farmer realizes that the projections based on past planting history are currently rendered absolette and cannot significantly fuction in the current era ,the better prepared the farmer will be in planning his/her planting program

why:In the past ,agronomists would clearly know the extent of crop coverage in specific areas recognised to be the chimneys of a certain crop eg Mwea,oloitoktok and narok areas when talking of tomatoes. marigat,mpeketoni,loitoktok,uganda,mwea,kibwezi and taveta when talking of Melon just to name but a few.

Today:We have to talk of Nairobi area as a serious player in the horticutural industry,moreso,across the country,so many small scale urban farms have come up and these are not in the open,thus making it hard for people to,when analysing the planting trend,to include them.

this may evidently be the reason why,despite low production in the mapped areas for certain crops in the recent past,prices still plumeted to the bottom compared to some years back.

a call to action: Farmers are advised to search for,get and secure a market for their produce before plunging into extensive blind production of a hyped crop with hyped margins and hidden costs that eventually leaves the farmer with a dent in the pocket

Happy farming

NB:this is a personal opinion and any views contrary to these are welcomed




this was 2016!

2016 was indeed a rough time for most of the farmers in the country with most of them registering losses not due to production but due to VERY low prices ,any Toato farmer will be able to explain this better.

the media has been awash with the looming  food crisis and the projected prolonged drought.agronomist,farmers and kenyans are witnessing crops drying out in the farms before maturity in some parts of the country and the “‘unreported”  restriction of Maize imports from Tanzania by H.E JPM,

2017 is here with us,many questions are lingering on the farmers minds on what to plant and what not to plant,if they are going to make profit or Not.when to plant and when NOT. this year might prove the …ONE mans…is another mans….. and looking at the drought and food scarcity,the farmer may have to look at this

projected planting time has proven evasive when it comes to the profit margins and i will NOT TRY to pretend i am a market analyst guru,but i look forward to your feedback from your 2016 experience

what did you plant?

when did you harvest?

what was the price?

did you make profit?




as a duty to the farmer,and the promise of information dissemination, agroinfokenya will without bias post and share farmer experiences on various crops.kindly note that this is not meant to discredit the performanvce of any variety but to inform farmers in the area on what is happening.diffeent obdservations are welcomed on the same to increase our understanding of the same.

Agroinfokenya would wish to point ut that the published results are bound to change under different agronomic conditions such as utrition ,Ph and planting techniques,but not very much per-se on some parameters

Recent comparison

date of the regime:3/6/2016-10/9/2016



farmer:mr charles Lerumasi


farmer facebook page:

seeds compared: Sukari F1,tiger F1,and Maridadi F1

Agronomists:Dennis Nyandaya-crop nutrition

Joshua mutevu:Crop protection

Seeds source:Farmer innitiative

maridadi F1

maridadi F1















farmers comments:

Seed size

  • Tiger F1 exhibited black and bigger fruits whereas sukari F1 and Maridadi f1 has small and golden seeds

Fruit size

  • Tiger F1 produces bigger uniform fruits of more than 8kgs
  • sukari F1 produces non uniform fruits of different sizes but has uniform maturity/ripening
  • Maridadi F1 has uniform medium sized fruits

Fruit shape

No difference was noted on the fruit shapes but maridadi F1 has a more oval shape that guarantees it the bigger size

Fruit sweetness

  • No major difference noted (maybe if this could be founfd if the farmer had the tool for easuring the brix index)

Keeping quality

  • Of all the varieties,maridadi F1 showed superb keeping quality followed by sukari F1 then Tiger F1.this,the farmer arrived at by monitoring the time taken  for the flesh to crumble when stored as he awaited the customers in his Taveta store.

Time taken to mature

  • The variations in the number of days was minimal and was overshadowed by the consecutive harvests before clearance of te fruits in the farm


kimala soils have a PH of  7.5, the peogramme used was YaraMila winner for planting at 100kg/acre. CAN for first topdres at 75kgs per acre


average yield of 13T/acre

Maridadi F1 gave the better yields (Total Tonnage) but on the market parameters,there wee variations on the distribution of fruit sizes in the three fruits.hence,profit realized from the three varieties will ultimately differ depending on the buyer preference and the market supply(this is a contentious issue)