Kenya: Vertical gardening reduces pressure on agricultural land

Agricultural land has been under pressure due to uncontrolled urbanization in most growing town centers within Kiambu County including Ruiru and Juja. New technologies have thus come up and two innovative young alumni from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) are counteracting the challenge through urban mode of farming using vertical gardens.

Joash Njani,  the founder of Urban Smart Gardeners together with his Co-founder Pramila Nekesa  have ventured into providing efficient and easy to manage vertical  gardens which are installed using different sizes of PVC pipes, media for plant growth and supporting stand which can either be wooden or metallic

“As youthful and creative minds, we resolved to counter the effects of experienced pressure on agricultural land mostly in growing or upcoming town centers where most population is settled by equipping individuals with skills on how to grow their own vegetables with space not being a limiting factor,” Njani shared.

He explained that they focused on utilizing the smallest space available up to one-meter square by half a meter by equipping those they serve on how they can maximize unused open rooftops, under-utilized packing areas, and even balconies where possible to grow crops for household consumption so long as there is sufficient sunlight. To promote thriving of crops planted in the vertical gardens, Njani and Nekesa had to formulate their own type of soil that allows fast growth, limited contamination thus very little pests experienced unless an individual needs normal soil for their garden set up then that’s where they avail it.

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