BACKGROUND INFORMATION.
Green  house farming is a recent  agro-technology  focusing on agriculture with limited water resource and  controlled environment.  National Irrigation Board under the Expanded National Irrigation Programme introduced this project targeting organized groups and learning institutions all over the country. The idea was started as a demonstration  so that  the community could learnt about the technology and adapt the same in their own farm.

To enhance involvement of the community, the groups issued with the Green Houses are required to  provide labor for the required land preparation, sixty (60) wheelbarrows of manure, ten (10) wheelbarrows of sand, ten (10) wheelbarrows of ballast and six(6) bags of cement. This was a form of cost-sharing to enhance ownership of the project.
On the side of the Board provides the Green House structure complete with the drip line, crop support, first seedlings and training, including the inputs.  Where water is not directly available, provision for pump, piping and other necessary  accessories are also provided for within the package.

Three projects have been done so far.
1. Kauti Irrigation Clusters in Makueni and Machakos county - 27  Green Houses
2. National Green House project Phase one:  300 Green Houses , 100 acres of open drip kits       and 200, 1/8acre kits
3. National Green House Project Phase two: 200 Green House

Achievements to date

1. Kauti cluster

 

NO

CATEGORY

NO

Green Houses (GH)

1.

Makueni County

 

 

 

1)  Groups

7

13

2.

Machakos County

 

 

 

1) Groups

4

8

 

2) Schools

6

6

 

Total no. of units

27

 2.  National Green House Project Phase one

 

No.

Name of County

No. of GH Units

1.

Nairobi                                   

15

2.

Kiambu                      

11

3.

Murang'a  

14

4.

Nyeri 

7         

5.

Kirinyaga       

3 

6.

Meru

13

7.

Tharaka Nithi

2

8.

Machakos                   

37

9.

Embu

10

10.

Kitui

5

11.

Kericho

12

12.

Nakuru                       

27

13.

Uasin Gishu 

33

14.

Nyandarua     

12

15.

Baringo

6

16.

Kajiado          

1

17.

Kisii  

5

18.

Nyamira         

2

19.

Kisumu                                               

26

20.

Nandi

24

21.

Trans Nzoia 

9

22.

Kakamega 

17

23.

Busia

28

24.

Vihiga

4

25.

Siaya

3

 

Total No. of Units     

326

 

 3. National Green House Project Phase two

 

S/No

Category

Total No. of Units

1.

Joyful Women Group

32

2,

Kericho

20

3.

Bomet

7

4.

Machakos

5

5.

Kilifi

10

6.

Schools and Institutions

7

7.

Nandi

1

8,

Uasin Gishu

1

9.

Busia

8

10.

Kakamega

1

11.

Thika

10

12.

Vihiga

1

13.

Wajir

2

14.

Embu

2

15.

NIB CSR

6

16

Garissa

10

17

Nyamira

5

18

Nakuru

1

19

Elgeyo - Marakwet

2

 

 

 

 

Total no. of units

                    131Units

4. National Green House Project Phase three
Sixty nine (69) units yet to be installed.

Challenges
•    In some cases,  water has been a challenge where either a dam or hand dug wells have the water level going too much down during  dry season.
•    Introduction of a new concept to  community, where some of them think they will continue receiving inputs throughout.

 

 

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