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10ft sukuma wiki variety will grow for 10 years

A hardy kale variety that can be harvested for up to 10
years has gained the interest of farmers around the country.

The Siberian kale variety, which has for many years been
cultivated by farmers in Kisii, grows thick stems as it ages and can reach a
height of 8-10ft.

Further it grows off-shoots, as it matures, which can then
be plucked as cultivars for more propagation.

Joel Momanyi Osiemo, cultivates the variety and he swears
that it withstands drought and is resistant to pests.

He is selling cultivars at Sh5 a piece, with a minimum order
of 100 pieces.

He says he has tried the variety in different seasons and
has found it to survive adverse conditions. 

“With this variety, you can be assured of a continuous supply of vegetables, come rain come sunshine,” Osiemo told


To plant the kale, farmers need to put
the cultivars in holes containing a mixture of manure and soil (ration 1:1),
and then water it.

Regular watering is required in the first few weeks, but
after the plants develop their roots, they can be watered as few times as once
a week. 


Farmers who are interested in the cultivars can reach Mr. Osiemo through phone number 


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