Greenhouse Construction In Kenya

Greenhouse construction in Kenya for your crop is a key consideration in commercial greenhouse farming. The right structure guarantees yield, efficiency, and profitability. Grekkon Limited makes daily field visits to farmers in Kenya training them on how to construct a greenhouse. Below, we share our key considerations when we visit grow

Greenhouse Construction In Kenya

There are 3 key considerations:

1. Budget

  • A galvanized steel greenhouse lasts longer and is more expensive than an aluminum paint coated one
  • The steel internal cop support structure makes it costly but provides good mature crop support

Cost of a greenhouse in Kenya

These are prices for galvanised metallic greenhouse tunnel type structures with a 1,000L tank, and a full irrigation system. Note that it does not include the internal steel crops support structure. This price includes all greenhouse materials in Kenya.

A. Small
15 by 8m. Kes 175,000. 500 – 600 tomato plants
24 by 8m. Kes 255,000. 750 – 800 tomato plants
30m by 8m. Kes 325,000. 1,000 – 1,200 tomato plants
40m by 8m. Kes 480,000. 1,300 – 1,500 tomato plants

B. Medium
24m by 16m. Kes 500,000. 1,500- 1,600 tomato plants
30m by 16m. Kes 560,000. 2,000 – 2,400 tomato plants
40m by 16m. Kes 890,000. 2,600 – 3,000 tomato plants

C. Large
From 800M square. Kes 850 per meter square. We customise our price according to size, and your greenhouse budget

2. Location

In the cool highlands, build a tunnel type to retain heat during the cold nights. In the warm lowlands, construct the vented type to moderately high temperatures during the day.

Vented type greenhouse is more expensive than tunnel types

3. Crop type

Mono color roses or other mono-color flowers will have yellow polythene covering. Multi-color flower crops and vegetables will have a clear polythene cover

6 Steps on greenhouse construction in Kenya

i. Choose your greenhouse size according to your budget

ii. Select your greenhouse type according to location

iii. Choose your polythene color according to your crop type

iv. Level the area where your greenhouse will stand

v. The 2 longer sides of the greenhouse will face eastwards and westwards. However, consider the wind direction too

vi. In the tropics, your greenhouse will be 5 meters tall or higher


Greenhouse Construction In Kenya FAQs

a. What materials are needed to build a greenhouse?

  • UV treated greenhouse polythene
  • Steel pipes
  • Insect netting
  • Profiles and wires

b. Can I grow year-round in a greenhouse?

Yes because the crop is protected from the elements of weather

c. Do greenhouses make money?

Yes they do with a high-value crop

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