Onion Farming in Kenya is now a common phenomenon in the region. With the new technologies, various ways of doing onions are now in place. With the help of AQUA-HUB KENYA, an Irrigation Company, we make your farming journey easier and more manageable.
Types of Onions
Red creole, Bombay red, Texas Early Grano (white), Red Pinoy, Red passion F1, Tropical F1, Orient F1, Silvan F1, BGS 130, Flare F1, Red snack, Ruby F1, Red nice F1.
Spring green bunching, white Lisbon, American flag, Italian giant.
Basic Requirements for Onion farming in Kenya
Based on the onion variety and the geographical location where farming is set to take place. Onions have a set of minimum requirements such as; Altitude of 2000 m above sea level, an average temperature of above 16 C and Soil PH of not below 6.
5 Steps on how to do Onion Farming
- Onions Propagation
Onions seedbed should be prepare at least two to three weeks before the actual sowing of the seeds. Also these depends on the variety of the onions
The bed’s capacity requirements also depend on the volume of the onions to be planted in respect to acreage available.
The seedbed should at least be 1 – 1.5 m higher with a spacing of 10 – 15 cm for the onions
In addition to the preparation of the beds fertilizers should be added and mixed at this point. The choice of fertilizer to use is advised based on soil testing report . After establishing the nutrients need of the soil.
Onions Transplanting period
From the nursery the maximum time for onions to mature is 5 to 6 weeks at this time the height of the onions is aproximately 10 to 15cm. They are ready for transplanting. Before uprooting them the nursery beds should be watered adequately to avoid damaging the roots while in the process. They are then tranferred to the main field where its planted on the beds prepared. The beds should be 1-1.5m broad. Row to row spacing of 25 -30 cm and seedling to seedling spacing of 15cm
Most farmers use drip irrigation as the main farming method in the main field, Aqua Hub Kenya provides the best solutions for onions drip kit per acre and the prices of 1 acre drip irrigation for onions in Kenya.
Aqua Hub Kenya comes in handy to provide irrigation methods for onions farming. We offer the following methods;
Drip Irrigation Kit for Onions by Aqua Hub, Kenya
- Main Piping & Sub Main Pipes
- Tank Connection & Control units per block
- Filtration units (Using Irrigation Water filters)
- Drip Lines and its Assorted connectors)
Drip Irrigation Kit Prices for Onions
|Size / Acreage||No. of Lines per bed||Cost in Ksh:|
|1/8 th ( 500 sq.m)||3 Lines per bed||40,000/-|
|1/4 th (1000 sq.m)||3 Lines per bed||50,000/-|
|1/2 ( 2000 sq.m)||3 Lines per bed||80,000/-|
|1 Acre (4000sq.m)||3 Lines per bed||150,000/-|
Rain Hose Irrigation Kit for Onions by Aqua Hub, Kenya
- Main Piping & Sub Main Pipes
- Irrigation Designs
- Rain Hose Pipes
- Rain Hose Pipes fittings
Rain Hose Pipes Price in Kenya
|32mm ( 1 Inch)||100 m||4,500/-|
|40 mm ( 1 ,1/4 Inch)||100 m||5,500/-|
|50 mm ( 1, 1/2 Inch)||100 m||6,500/-|
How profitable is Onion Farming in Kenya ?
Onion Farming is a profitable venture. Estimated production per acre is upto 15 Tonnes which when sold in the market prices the farmers will break even.
Onion Harvesting Procedure
Onions takes 4-5 months to be ready for harvesting. During harvesting carefully pull or dig onions up from the ground with the top part intact. Gently shake off the soil around the bulbs.
Drying & Storage of Onions
Onions should be dried on a clean surface by spreading them evenly to avoid moisture. They should dried untill the neck is dried completly and the outer skin peels off . Then cut off the neck and store them in room tempereature and in a dry bag or wire mesh.
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