Nakuru County is piloting a computerized hydroponics greenhouse in collaboration with Tomita Technologies with a new Japanese strawberry variety that is increasingly maturing, greater in volume, and weights more than the local variety, which is smaller and weighs less.
In an interview, Agriculture CECM, Dr. Immaculate Maina said strawberry is a crop with active crop diversification in the county that would benefit farmers by bridging the production gap by increasing yields for local and international markets.
Tomita Hiraaki, Tomita Technologies President, said the integrated software was easy to control, expandable, less laborious, and less disease attack relative to soil farming.
He spoke at the Strawberry Farmers ‘ Day at the Agricultural Training Centre (ATC), which attracted some 200 farmers.
Currently, the county has about 5 hectares of strawberry production valued at Ksh 1.3 million.