Tomato is one of the most highly consumed vegetables in Kenya. Many of the farmers in Kenya derive a good proportion of their income from growing and selling tomatoes. Tomatoes are widely known vegetables because of its richness in vitamin A, B and C, antioxidants and dietary fibres. Here are some of the most crucial guidelines and ways that are used for better tomato farming in Kenya.
- When planting tomatoes you have to basically consider the climate. They do well in an altitude range of 0-2100 m and in places with annual rainfall between 760 and 1300mm.
- Tomatoes grow well in warm conditions and they are fairly adaptable, but excessive humidity and temperature can reduce the yields.
- Choose a nursery site where potatoes, egg plants and cape gooseberries have not been grown for the last three years because of disease risk. A seed rate of 100-200g will give you seedlings enough to plant 1 hectare.
- If the soil is poor in organic matter, apply 10kg of well decomposed manure per square meter prior to transplanting to improve yields of tomatoes. Transplanting is carried out about one month after sowing seeds in the nursery, or when the plants are about 10-15cm high.
- Don’t crowd the seedlings. When out together, growth is inhibited and eventually leads to low yield. Many farmers crowd the plants aiming to increase the production but suffer from big losses.
- Growing vertically increases production as the crop can grow up to 10 meters when vertical. Horizontal planting will use more space and being close to the ground increases the chances of fungus and pathogen attacks.
- Remove suckers that grow on the joint between two brunches. These suckers will never bear fruit but will only take away energy from the plant. This can also be done to other parts of the plant but be cautious not to remove the productive parts.
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