Ag Production Research:

Agriculture Production
Meg, Erica, Matt, Reid, Kaitlin
Agriculture Production Team

When it comes to agriculture production in Kenya, there are several areas to observe and take into consideration. First there’s the water situation which holds any form of irrigation and water methods being used, then there’s the crop seasons that tie in with the water methods needed, followed by the crops being harvested and ending with the harvesting methods that are held most common.

In Kenya, the biggest obstacle in agricultural production is the limitations set by the fluctuating weather patterns. Wet and dry seasons force farmers to concentrate on crops that can survive rather than crops that are in demand. By eliminating the dry season with successful irrigation, agricultural production should steadily increase. Our design team has decided to use drip irrigation. This method uses both minimal pressure, as well as minimal wasted water. The finite amount of pressure needed eliminates the use of extensive complex technology. The controlled flow rates of drip irrigation ensure that there is no water that is expended that does not benefit the crops. These methods will achieve a higher yield and an overall more efficient farming system.

The wet seasons are not recommended as the best times to travel to Kenya. January and February are the months that hold the most rain with the wet seasons for planting in March to May and again in October to about December. These are the two breaks of harvest times. The dry season lasts from May to August.

Crops that are being harvested mostly consist of maize. Other crops that will be focused on are the sweet potato, kale, amaranth, pepper, egg plant, spinach, carrots, melon, watermelon, and in the off-season tomato is seen as an asset to harvest.

Nearly all of the farming is done without the use of any machinery because of lack of availability and affordability. Harvesting and field maintenance is done by hand and with the use of basic tools. Farmers will sell crops to local markets if there is any left after they have fed their families.

With this information, hopefully you can gain some important knowledge of the agriculture production in Kenya.