“SMALL BAG, MAXIMUM PRODUCE’’

Vertical bag farming is a high-yielding food security technology that utilizes the vertical space to maximize on land and increase water efficiency. Revolutionary vertical bag farming improves food security by increasing the number of leafy vegetables that can be grown per meter square – by at least six-fold. Setting the nutrition and growing media right. These bags normally produce leafy vegetables for seven to nine months, and getting the growing media right at the beginning is critical. The vertical bags has benefits that include; Increased production per unit area (up to six-fold), Efficient on time, labor and water, Provision of good agricultural nutrition, can be accessed by all and Low land requirement (as low as 3 sq meters). The crops suitable for growing on the sides of the bags are mainly leafy vegetables (e.g. spinach, kale, amaranth), while in the top of the bag the choice is much more varied.

In Kiangini CBO, two groups: Umiisyo Wa Aka Ndiwa and Kamina Ngui SHGs were trained on the establishment and utilization of the vertical bags in their homes. The two groups have established 2 vertical bags for demonstrations at the host farmer’s home and they planted spinach and Kales (sukuma) during the training. The establishment of the vertical bags among the group members has seen 4 individual farmers adopting the use of vertical bags at their household level.

 

The vertical bag is of great help to my family as I get vegetables without going to the market. Before the training, I used to spend Ksh.70 on vegetables for my family on daily basis but now I have ease of access to fresh vegetables for my family and I now use the money on other household activities. The bag has good harvest returns and I use very minimal water. I am grateful to ADSE for training us on the vertical bags within the households as we are now able to grow nutritious leafy vegetables and our families ’’Mwongeli alludes.



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