FLOWER PRODUCTION UNIT
The flower farm unit at the practical training centre is a practical training unit with greenhouses and open field summer flowers, where modern farming technologies are demonstrated. The unit consists of a one hectare (1) rose’s demonstration greenhouse, a four (4) hectare unit on summer flowers- Tuberoses, Arabicum, Ammi, Assorted Ornamental Plants and a small greenhouse on carnations.
The flower unit offers practical training to farmers, agronomists, researchers, students and managers on various aspects of horticulture production;-
- Flower Crop husbandry- ornamentals and cut flowers
- Good agricultural practices, Audit techniques
- Crop disease and pests management
- Harvest and post-harvest handling and management
- Irrigation and crop water management
- Safe use of agrochemicals
- Production quality control and documentation
- Agribusiness and marketing skills for domestic and export vegetables
- Flower propagation and management
The key objectives include:
• Equipping Kenyan flower farmers with modern and current farming technologies for sustainable production.
• Offering realistic practical training environment
• Demonstrating key modern technologies in flower production
• Training farmers on good agricultural practices
• Equipping farmers with basic business skills and marketing knowledge
• Promote efficient production through logical use of inputs.
The Flower Unit is involved in the development of horticulture technologies that are critical to growers. These include crop variety trials, pest control (IPM) technologies, greenhouse production, plant nutrition and soil fertility technologies. They are conducted in collaboration with industry technology stakeholders (such as KARI, UNEP, and others.)
The Flower Unit offers for sale quality cut and summer flowers to FPEAK Members and the local market at break-even prices to ensure the unit’s operational sustainability. Proper documentation of all production process is strictly adhered to ensure accountability and traceability of processes and inputs.