Vegetable farming puts food on Katono's table
When you tell young people them about practicing vegetable farming, many will ignore you, as they believe that is dirty work for old people in villages.
But Margaret Katono is here to prove them wrong. She is a young 26-year-old urban farmer who grows vegetables especially Lettuce and she is tabling her bread with it.
How she does it
Katono notes that Lettuce is a fine vegetable that does well if well catered for. One has to get good quality seeds.
The seeds should be planted in a nursery bed for at least 2-3 weeks. Planting should be done in rows and the soils must be moist.
"In case you intend not to transplant, prepare gardens well and ensure that the soils are wet enough to allow fast growth of the vegetable, "she says.
She explains that even when it has germinated; ensure to continue watering until the vegetable is ready for harvesting.
She says once well harvested, it allows continuous harvesting if the farmer opts to harvest it sparing manner.
Katono says the vegetables are very nutritious and Ugandans love them so much.
She says she sells a bundle of Lettuce at sh1000 to hotel owners and restaurant people. She also sells seedlings at sh5000 each.
Jamilu Mpiima a nutritionist notes that Lettuce is low in fiber and has very many vitamins in it. These are vitamic C, A and these help in keeping your body healthy.