Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Watermelon Farming in Kenya 2016

Watermelon farming in Kenya in 2016 is a very lucrative agribusiness, Watermelons not only do well in the marginal belts with low rainfall, you also have 2 seasons an year which can double your earnings. The demand is also very high; no fruit stall or fruit salad is complete without the juicy redness of a water melon.


Healthy watermelon plant
The popular varieties when it comes to watermelon farming in Kenya 2016 are;
  • Sukari F1 hybrid 
  • Pato F1
  • Charleston Grey
  • Sugar Baby
  • Early Scarlet F1
To start watermelon farming in Kenya, all you need is enough sunlight, enough water, space is fertile soil. Some varieties like the sugar baby take as little as 2 months to mature. You are therefore assured to have your invested cash back in no time; and this is with 4 times as much profit. For just 15,000, you can plant an acre of water melons in your own land. This will bring a profit of about 80, 000 kenyan shillings in just three months.

Planting Watermelons

When it comes to watermelon farming in Kenya in 2016, you first need to decide which variety you need to work with. While some are big and take a longer time to mature like the Sukari F1 Hybrid, others like the Charleston Grey are drought resistant. You do not need to prepare a nursery because these fruits are planted straight from the seeds in their final growing spaces.

Ensure that the farm is well tilled and soft for soil aeration. The location should also be able to get at least 6 hours of sunlight each day since watermelons need much sunlight to thrive. Plant the seeds 1 meter apart and at least 1.5 meters between the rows. Adequate rainfall or irrigation is required for the first few weeks after planting.

If the soil is fertile enough, you do not need to use fertilizer when planting.
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Caring for your Watermelons

Once the seedlings have spouted and grown to a couple of inches long, consider thinning them to three seedlings a hole. This reduces the competition for water and nutrients between the plants making the remaining ones healthier.

Watermelons do not need much pampering after this. All you have to do is ensure that the farm is completely free from weeds. When the vines start spreading out you need to apply a fertilizer with balanced potassium nitrogen and phosphorus. Watering should be done once every week if there are no rains. After spreading out, as long as it rains once every two weeks, you need not water at all. The less water they get later on, the sweeter and crispier they turn out.

Remember to protect your plants from insects and pests such as aphids and also diseases using appropriate pesticides.


Harvesting of the Watermelons

Different varieties mature at different times. The quickest type can mature in just 60 days while most of the other varieties take at least 80 days. To know when they are ready, look out for the following signs:
  • The water melon have stopped being shiny
  • The coil near the stem is brown and dried up
  • There's a hollow thud when you tap the fruit
  •  The underside of the fruit is a rich yellow color as opposed to white.
When all these signs manifest themselves, it is time to harvest the watermelons, just  use garden shears to cut the watermelon from the vine.

Are you interested in watermelon farming in Kenya? Are you already ventured in the business? Do you have more tips you'd like to share. Leave us a comment below.

See Also: Onion Farming in Kenya

37 comments:

  1. i have 1 acre of SUKARI F1, to be harvested in the next 2 weeks. looking for a potential buyer. any advice??
    post ot my smledama@gmail.com

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  2. I like this kind of article, it enlightens us and helps us make a rather informed decision on agribusiness. Thank you.

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  3. I want to venture in this type of farming, may you please suggest for me some few farms I may go & learn more. Thank You

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  4. This is nice, i really like the article and feel motivated to venture into the farming business. Thank you

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    1. I'm glad you found the article helpful. All the best in your business Mercy.

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  5. A good article and a good advice. I will plant the sukari f1 and be sure you will have a taste of it.

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    1. I would love that. All the best Anonymmous. :-)

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  6. Hello this article is helpful i am planning to start farming late Dec. I am looking for sukari F1 type. Kindly notify me more on where I will get the seeds and everything that i need to make a good harvest. I will be glad.

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    1. You can get the seeds at an Agrovet near you.

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  7. was just asking if i plant mid january am i going to get good prices at the end of march or early april?

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  8. good article indeed.want to plant the f1 sukari late january,2016.advice on potential market after harvest

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  9. I have WATERMELONS TO BE HARVESTED IN A MONTH LOOKING FOR MORE MARKET ANY ADVICE REPLY AT Josephinekiio@yahoo.com

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  10. I have ready water melons for sale in my shamba. I am looking for Market for the same. Get in touch with me on 0712529054 or muangeben@yahoo.com

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  11. What are the most suitable locations in Kenya to grow water melon. ?

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  12. Got melons at Shamba ready for harvesting (Matuu, Eastern).
    Interested buyers can reach me on romwoyo@icloud.com or 0720922921.

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  13. I have ready watermelons to sell #Asali F1 hybrid. Where can i get a buyer? Get in touch at willisoduor387@gmail.com

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  14. I have ready watermelons for harvest. Where can i get someone to buy in bulk? Type: Asali F1 Hybrid. Get in touch at willisoduor387@gmail.com

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    1. hi Willis, do you still have your water melons? I have a buyer

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    2. Hi am Emmanuel i have ready watermelon i need some market lead get me via 0704059134

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    3. I also have ready water melons to sell.
      Need buyer urgently - James 0724418624

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  15. have just in this area and capsicum.this is a good site.

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  16. am sammy .i ventured in melon farming this year .they are flowering.this site shall be very resourceful.am in kakamega

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  17. Can I get watermelon buyer. Have 20 tonnes

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  18. What are the pricves doing now in Nairobi on Watermelons in general. Please reply asap!!

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  19. I want to grow sukari F1 at keini nyeri will it b adviceable to grow in such area.

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  20. I have Sukari F1 water Mellons ready to be harvested in one months time where can I get market my number is 0725319088:chalojuma2005@gmail.com

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  21. Where can i get the Market for melon.. I'm harvesting an acre in the next 10 days. Contact kipru56@gmail.com

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  22. i have 50 acres under watermelon,expected harvest is approximately 7 tons per acre (julia F1 and other varieties to be ready from 28-09-2016 in Marigat Baringo County plaese contact David Nakure 0722455858

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  23. Thanks for the info.... I have ready water melon in a 4acre piece of land. Ready for sell. U can reach on 0723752751.

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  24. I just started water melon farming in September 2016, whats the expected tonnage per acre for sukari F1 hybrid. I have been reserching alot but i always get conflicting info. Please let me now.Thanks

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  25. I just started water mellon farming in Kilifi county in september 2016. Whats is the expected tonnage on one acre for sukari F1 high breed? where can i get potential good market?

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  26. Hi guys am planning to try farming water Mellon on malindi on my 100acres o wouldn't mind a joint venture quantumkenya@gmail.com

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  27. Hey nice articel

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  28. This article is very informative. I would be trying melons in the next month...

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