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Feeling the pinch of the high cost of tomatoes? Blame it on the open skies, which are not good for producing the popular vegetable.

And don’t expect any relief soon. The Kenya Meteorological Department says the sporadic showers will continue until the long rains take over.

If this happens, shortage of tomatoes will persist, and whenever available, the forces of supply and demand will dictate how deep housholds will dig into their purses or wallets.

In Olektukat, Siyiabei and Eor Ekule in Narok East and Naroosura in Narok South, the crop is grown on river banks under irrigation.

Many farmers say the unexpected rains towards the end of last year, which continued into February, affected growing of the crop, leading to losses of millions of shillings.

Mr Moses Ng’ang’a, a tomato farmer at Naroosura, which is among the leading producers in the country, said he spent at least Sh1.4 million on his nine-acre piece.

Speaking in Narok Town last week, the farmer said he was preparing for a bumper harvest in September when all hell broke loose.

“The unexpected rains came and could not stop. Farms become water logged.

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The tomatoes were immersed in the floodwaters and began rotting while the plants started wilting and the whole investment went down the drain,” Mr Ng’ang’a said.

The destruction of the farms, he said, saw tomato supplies decline across the country, pushing the commodity price from Sh4,500 to Sh11,000 per crate.

The scarcity has seen the price of tomatoes double then triple in some areas, posing a challenge to many families already struggling in a depressed economic environment.

In the past two months Kenyans have continued to pay a fortune with a single tomato going for between Sh25 and Sh35 across the country.

“Last year, the heavy rains affected production. As usual, we planted in September targeting the December-January market. But then the heavy rains completely destroyed our crop. We have witnessed a high incidence of tomato disease infestation since December, mostly tomato blight,” Mr Ng’ang’a said.

Mr Josphat Simbai, who planted his 12 acres along the Naroosura River, said the whole farm was washed away by floodwaters. The disappointed farmer abandoned the venture, and turned the farm pastureland.

“Swathes of our land were submerged, leading to wash-away or complete destruction of tomatoes, and since it became difficult to spray pesticides on the crops, as the rainwater would wash away the chemicals, the few remaining plants decayed on the farms,” Mr Simbai said.

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Most places including Kajiado have experienced shorter-than-normal breaks, with the last two months being generally wet.

To add to the farmers’ troubles is the problem of impassable roads that has caused them nightmares with the small harvest they got unable to reach the market on time.

“When a lorry gets stuck in the mud, we are forced to unload and air the tomatoes in the open to minimise rotting.

Unfortunately, more than half [of the crop] goes bad,” Mary Gathoni a trader from Nakuru said.

By Daily Nation


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GoGreenNaOptiven KAMATA 20K PAP!

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The year 2020 has stretched us in many ways! It has thrown to us numerous twists and turns, while offering us a number of highs and many lows.

But as the year ends, we would love to give you, your family and your loved ones a big smile, especially on these last days of the year with our special December offer, #GoGreenNaOptiven

With a deposit of 500k plus, you can take advantage of this incredible offer this holiday season!

With ready titles, value additions, and ready to build Environment, you can actualize your dream of property ownership.

Call us TODAY on 0723 400 500 or visit our website on www.optiven.co.ke

As Optiven, We wish you and your family a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year ahead🎄


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SUKARI HEIGHTS Affordable Luxury 2 br, 3 Br plus Dsq & studio apartments

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Sukari Heights is magnificently designed luxurious and executive residence offering world class lifestyle.
Starting from Ksh 2.7M. Sukari Heights is located in the most exclusive Kahawa Sukari neighborhood just 15 minutes drive from Nairobi CBD.

The location of these homes avails a short commute to work using an easy transport network, a large choice of dining and entertainment options within easy reach, a low maintenance apartment that offers safety and security, and opportunities to immerse yourself in a socially diverse environment.

Designed to be the finest expression of world class finishes, SUKARI Heights is a rare opportunity to reside in one of the most exclusive addresses in Nairobi.

This immaculately designed apartment is set amongst manicured grounds within a private and secure complex. As a resident, you will have access to lifestyle amenities including, shopping centre, gymnasium, spa, eateries, basement parking etc.
The apartment interiors are designed for the way you live, with features that add beauty and utility to your home.
Expansive windows and balconies offer breathtaking views of the surrounding.
Bright, spacious, airy open-concept interiors flow seamlessly from living to dining to kitchen.
The unit has spacious bedrooms with well fitted built-in closets, with master ensuite bedrooms.

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Suitable for family living as well as investment.
As an investor you will enjoy, good ROI owing to Recurring rental income, Property appreciation leading to higher resale value.

Enjoy a flexible payment plan of up to 24 months kes 1.5m deposit.
Elegant 2 br 700ft2 master ensuite kes 3.7m
Luxurious 3 br 915ft2 master ensuite kes 4.8m
Executive 3 br plus SQ 1185ft2 kes 5.7m

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The FIVE levels of Optiven properties

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Here at Optiven, we usually have FIVE Levels of properties. Each level has its set of value additions. The levels are also based on location, proximity to infrastructure. Market prices are thus based on these factor. This ensures that we cater for low, middle and high end customers.

Here are our property Levels:

1. Plots that are Bare: They do not have any value additions on them at all. Their price range from 495, 000_ per plot.

Hope Gardens in Kajiado
Price tag Kshs. 675,000 per plot

(Read more about Hope Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/hope-gardens-kajiado-county/) and Favour Gardens in Kajiado. We do not have many of this type since they are plots that are a bit far from development.

2. Limited Value Added Plots: These plots have graded roads, fence with barbed wire, power not too far and there is scarce settlement. Examples are Rafiki Gardens along Kangundo Rd. @ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot ) – Read more about Rafiki Gardens here: https://www.optiven.co.ke/properties/rafiki-gardens-kangundo-road/) and Peace Gardens in Nyeri

@ Kshs. 695, 000 per plot (this is only 500 meters off Tarmac)

3. Standard Value Added Plots (Medium Value Added Plots): On this properties; we do murrum roads, Water on site, elevated water tanks, fence by Mesh and care taker on site. Examples are:

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Shekinah Gardens in Kajiado Township

Price tag Kshs. 750, 000

– this project is only 900 meters off Namanga highway.

Shekinah Gardens – Kajiado

Watch more about Shekinah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6pqSDS1OAo&t=14s)

Shalom Gardens in Machakos

Price Tag@ 1,295, 000,

Shalom Gardens Phase 2 Value Add Ons

Garden of Joy in Machakos

Price tag 1.495M per plot.

Garden of Joy – Machakos County

Watch more about Garden of Joy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAIQGde-D7A&t=10s

4. High level Value Additions:

Price Tag: cash Kshs 2,295,000

We do fruits parks, playing fields, elevated water tower, piped water to every plot, we plant hundreds of trees, drainages done, power, house designs and gated community with manned security, community regulations, Home owners Association and a care taker. Example is Victory Gardens Phase Three, Four & Five.

Victory Gardens Phase 3, 4 & 5 taking a new Positive Twist

Watch more about Victory Gardens here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StH4xI_7Oxg&t=1s

5. Super Prime Value Addition:

Price range: Kshs. 5m to 12.5m (determined by size of Plot)

This is where we do cabro internal roads, provision of club house, very high end entry gate, stone wall, laser wire, CCTV, water Fountain, high end Steel Galvanized 15 meter high 100,000 liters elevated tank, Orchards, green public parks, house designs, appointed Architect, registered community regulations by the county government, Home owners association, Uniformed Security guards. Two caretakers on site. Example is
Amani Ridge the Place of Peace in Kiambu.

Amani Ridge the Place of Peace – Kiambu

Watch this video on architectural projections of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os3nubny8Vg&t=2s

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Would you wish to own any of these properties? Get in touch with Optiven Today:

Contact Optiven Group:
+254 790 300 300
+254 723 400 500
Website: www.optiven.co.ke
George Wachiuri Blog: www.georgewachiuri.com
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2VdSuFJ


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