Over the past one year, a group of Green Farming members has been active in developing and setting up a demonstration project on water management for the Kenyan horticultural sector. The project has been developed in close cooperation with Van den Berg Roses and has started up this summer at their farm in Naivasha.
The demonstration project is an initiative of Green Farming member Bosman, in cooperation with Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Van der Knaap Group, Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, Genap, Hatenboer-Water and DLV Plant. The project is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation.
This project will help in demonstrating that through the implementation of best practice technology and management, water and nutrient use in protected and open horticultural production systems can be reduced and production quantity and quality can be increased at the same time. The aim is to realize this through a hydroponic system with fully controllable crop inputs and recyclable fertigation water.
With this project, the Green Farming members is hoping to convince the horticulture sector in Kenya, that the higher level technology, although having higher initial investments costs, on the long run will be most cost effective. For more information on the project, please take a look at the following link: http://www.greenfarming.nl/nl/node/313.
The project will be officially opened on Saturday September 15th starting from 9.30 am at Van den Berg Roses on South lake Road Naivasha.