I lost export market and watched the local one disappear too

Godfrey Wachira, the manager of a farm called EATMO on the highway from Subukia to Laikipia. Here he displays harvested basil which is now destined for decomposition as export markets are affected by the coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO | RACHEL KIBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Each of the two greenhouses measures 45 feet by 8 feet. The basil was expected to yield 200kg weekly, worth Sh78,800.
  • Two other greenhouses are filled with beautifully sprouting chives. Wachira explains that the crop was harvested last month and disposed of because there was no market for it.
  • Wachira had got used to the situation as he was also selling produce in the local market, in particular gooseberries at the Nairobi City Market.
  • Wachira recounts that he would send 250, 250g packs of the berries to Nairobi every week, with each pack going for Sh270.

Godfrey Wachira, a manager at a farm in Subukia, Nakuru County, confers with two women as he gestures, trying hard to convince them that he will call them.

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