Tuesday, 5 July 2016

How to earn ksh 800,000 per acre from Cape gooseberries in Kenya

Cultivating Cape gooseberry in Kenya is easy. The basic requirements are seeds, labour and manure. It takes 14-16 weeks from planting to Harvesting.
The plant shares same family with capsicum and tomato and are therefore similar to plants in some management practices.
A single Cape gooseberries in Kenya can yield average 200 fruits (about 5g each) =1000g or 1kg fruits per season, Equivalent to = 2kg per plant per year with two flowering seasons.
4000plants/ acre will give 4000×2= 8000kg fruit sold @ Ksh100 per Kg
Gross income of 8000kg×100=ksh 800,000/ acre
100g seeds will give you seedlings enough to plant 1 acre
Spacing of bushes is 1metre by one metre. Birds netting is required to protect from birds.

Yearly pruning will be necessary in the first 2-3 years.
Apply a mulch of well rotted manure or compost once a year a supplement of a potash rich inorganic fertilizer is helpful.

Estimated yields of Cape gooseberries in Kenya are 8 tons per acre. They live for a period of about 3-5 years in a sheltered spot. They adapt well to drought conditions though moist soil is required.

The plants take 4 months to mature and the plant should then be cut back to induce regeneration or new growth for the following years crop.

Cape gooseberry plant and unripe fruits are known to be poisonous.
Farmers can source seedlings of Cape gooseberries from Kenyan florists seedling along Ngong Road in Nairobi or raise their own seedlings.