(Citrullus lanatus)

Watermelon is a member of the cucurbit family, which also include squash, cucumber, butternuts, and pumpkins. It is one of the most widely cultivated crops in the world. Its global consumption is greater than that of any other cucurbit. It accounts for 6.8% of the world area devoted to vegetable production. They are continuing to become important part of vegetable production with the increasing demand in the European market due to unfavorable weather experienced in those countries.
Watermelon is a good cash crop in Kenya with very good market opportunities, particularly in urban areas. Gross margin per ha for watermelon variety “Charleston Gray” in Embu area of Kenya is Kenya shillings 138,409 (AIRC, 2003).

Recommended Varieties:
  • Charleston Gray
  • Congo
  • Crimson Sweet
  • Moon and Stars
  • Orangeglo
  • Sugar Baby
  • Sunday Special

NB: Because variety and market trends change all the time, farmers are advised to consult local seed company or Extension officer for latest information on the available varieties. For more information click here